We have a little light reading for you here, to get you through security stress-free and as effortlessly as possible. Your trip is going to start off great!
Every passenger departing from an airport in Canada or the U.S. must go through security screening before boarding a flight.
As part of the screening process, you will be required to:
To make your security screening experience as stress-free as possible, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with what you can and cannot bring with you on board a flight.
For flights departing from Canada, you can find a complete list of items which are federally restricted from being carried onboard our aircraft on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines (CATSA) website.
For flights departing from the US, visit the website of the US Transport Security Administration External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines (TSA).
The Transport Security Administration (TSA) in the United States have implemented enhanced security measures at airports with direct flights to the U.S.
Passengers with an onward connection from an airport where the enhanced security measures apply may be required to comply with the additional screening.
Further information is available at the TSA website External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines.
At busy security checkpoints in Canada, Trusted Travellers External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines, including Nexus External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines and Global Entry members, are eligible for simpler security screening procedures through designated lines. Simpler procedures mean passengers using these lines can keep:
All travellers must remove laptops from carry-on bags at all CATSA checkpoints in Canada.
Trusted travellers must still comply with screening rules for prohibited items. They must still pass through a walk-through metal detector, and their carry-on items will continue to be X-rayed. They may also be required to undergo additional search procedures.
Designated or Queue Jump lanes are available in:
When Trusted Traveller screening lines are closed, Trusted Travellers receive front-of-the-line service in the queue. However, when using standard screening lines, they must follow regular screening procedures.
TSA Pre✓® is designed to expedite the security screening process through TSA security checkpoints at more than 200 U.S. airports. With TSA Pre✓® on your boarding pass there’s no need to remove your shoes, belt, or a light jacket at security. Liquids and laptops can stay in your carry-on bag.
Travellers who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the U.S. can apply for TSA Pre✓® for a cost of US $85 for five years, or US $17 per year through the TSA Pre✓® application program.
TSA Pre✓® screening is also available to
To find the program that best suit your travel needs, review the Trusted Traveller Program Comparison Chart. External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines Once approved, travellers will receive a “Known Traveller Number” to input when making an airline reservation and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes at select security checkpoints when travelling on any participating airline.
TSA uses unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travellers will be screened, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.
Enter your Known Traveller Number or PASS ID in the trusted traveller number field each time you book a flight on flyporter.com. You can also save it to your VIPorter account profile and the next time you book a flight through your account, your Known Traveller Number will be added to your reservation automatically.
When checking in for a flight, look for TSA Pre✓® on your boarding pass.
For more information, visit tsa.gov External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines or read the Frequently Asked Questions External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines about TSA Pre✓®.
CATSA and TSA advise arriving at the airport early for your flight. If you’re travelling during peak times like early morning or evening, or during holidays, please plan accordingly and allow for extra time.
If you are departing from Canada, visit CATSA’s Current Wait Times External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines page for up-to-date security wait times for some of Canada’s busiest airports. Information is available for Halifax, Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City and St. John’s.
If you are departing from the U.S., visit TSA’s View Security Wait Times External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines page for up-to-date information about your departure airport.
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