We know there’s more to packing than just clothes. So, we’ve created a list of items to help address some frequently asked questions about what to bring and how to pack.
We recommend keeping all fragile, valuable or expensive items with you in your cabin baggage, subject to carry-on baggage size and weight restrictions. This also includes travel documents, money and keys.
If you are travelling with your own mobility aid or medical device you will be able to bring them free of charge in addition to the standard baggage allowance.
For battery acceptance details, please refer to the Batteries section on the Restricted and Prohibited Items page.
Non-spillable or lithium-ion batteries for battery-powered mobility aids (e.g. wheelchairs) are accepted in checked baggage, but require special handling. We do not transport spillable (wet cell/acid) batteries, nor any battery that is damaged or leaking.
See our Mobility and Wheelchair Assistance page for more information.
Batteries used to power portable battery-powered medical devices (e.g. a Personal Oxygen Concentrator (POC) or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)) may be carried onboard to power these medical devices, but are subject to approval prior to transport. See the Oxygen Needs page for more information.
All undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film should be placed in your carry-on baggage, as screening machines for checked baggage may affect film.
Film below ISO 1600 should not be harmed by carry-on screening machines, however you can also ask the screening officer to conduct a hand inspection, especially if your film has or may be screened by x-ray more than five times.
We recommend leaving your undeveloped film in the unopened manufacturer’s packaging and packing it in a clear plastic bag to facilitate inspection.
Security regulations in Canada and the U.S. allow for a hand search of photographic film and equipment if requested. However, airports in other countries may not honor this request.
Another option is to have your exposed film processed locally before passing through airport security on your return trip.
As long as they meet size and weight restrictions, your electronic devices should be placed in your carry-on, with the following in mind:
You can travel with duty-free liquids, gels or cream products of more than 100 ml in your carry-on, provided that they have been sealed at the point of purchase in a Security Tamper Evident Bag with the receipt inside.
Duty-free items in reasonable quantities do not count towards your carry-on baggage allowance for your next flight.
If you want to leave the airport and return later for your connecting flight, you can take your duty-free purchases with you as long as you don't open the sealed bag. When you return, you will need to go through security again. A receipt must accompany all purchases and the security bag must not be tampered with or opened prior to going through security at a transfer airport. You should be aware that the Security Tamper Evident Bags are valid for a maximum of 48 hours.
Porter is not liable for any products opened or confiscated during transit or disembarkation.
You may be asked to surrender you duty-free purchases if:
If your duty-free purchases do not clear security, you can:
You can bring solid foods like sandwiches, fruit, nuts, etc. on board. However, liquid foods like soups, pudding, jams, sauces or yoghurt, are subject to the same restrictions as all other liquids in your carry-on.
Perishable items such as seafood (including shellfish such as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, mussels, shrimp and ocean plant life such as kelp), raw game meat and other perishable foods will be accepted on Porter flights as long as they are properly packaged and meet the baggage weight and size guidelines.
Changes in air pressure, long flights or delays may compromise perishable items. Porter assumes no liability for any perishable items or the damage they may cause.
Import and export of meat, fresh fruit, vegetables and other related products are strictly regulated by many countries. The destination country you are travelling to may restrict the types of food allowed into the country.
For information on what food you can bring into Canada, please visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines website.
If you are a hunter travelling with bounty from Canada to the United States, you will require a permit to transport game meat. For more information, please visit the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines website.
Antlers and horns are permitted as checked baggage only.
All items exceeding the standard weight and size restrictions will be subject to overweight / oversize baggage fees.
Antlers or horns weighing more than 32 kg (70 lb) and/or exceeding 292 cm (115 in) combined height, length and width will not be accepted.
Antlers or horns must be clean and free of noticeable odors, undried pieces of hide, flesh and sinew. Antler tips must be padded to prevent punctures and then suitably wrapped for shipping in plastic covering or shrink wrap. Packages with leaking contents, or those that are not fully enclosed in a suitable shipping container may be refused for transport.
Hunting trophies and wild game are subject to requirements and restrictions enforced by federal agencies. We recommend that you check directly with the appropriate agencies that regulate the importation of wild game and trophies before you travel. This refers to the export regulations of the country you are visiting and the importation in the country you are returning to.
Bear in mind that the laws are subject to change, don't assume that last year's rules apply. Get informed, be prepared, and your border crossing experience will be a lot less stressful.
Lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo trophies will not be accepted for transport on Porter Airlines.
If you have a crew travelling with audio/visual equipment, we recommend contacting our Call Centre in advance to advise of the additional baggage. That will also help us to alert the airport of extra baggage pieces heading their way.
A bag containing media camera equipment will count as one piece of your standard carry-on baggage allowance. They are exempt from the sizing device restriction imposed on other carry-on baggage, however, if carried onboard, must be stowed in accordance with Transport Canada and FAA safety regulations. Camera equipment cannot be secured in a seat.
When presented by a representative of a network or local television broadcasting company, sports organization or a commercial filmmaking company, camera, film, video, lighting, and sound equipment will be accepted at standard checked baggage service charges.
The maximum size and weight allowances are subject to Porter’s standard baggage policies. Checked baggage weighing more than 32 kg (70 lb) and/or exceeding 292 cm (115 in) combined height, length and width will not be accepted.
All Porter Airlines policies regarding the transportation of dangerous goods, batteries and improperly packed items will also apply.
Your health and peace of mind are important to us, so there’s no problem with bringing medication with you on board. However, to ensure a smooth journey, please take note of the following recommendations in regards to your prescription and essential non-prescription medication:
Porter accepts properly packaged musical instruments as either checked or carry-on baggage, depending on its weight, size and shape.
Seats cannot be purchased for musical instruments, however small musical instruments (e.g. clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, guitar or violin) may be permitted as part of your standard carry-on baggage allowance as long as:
Due to cabin storage space limitations, we cannot guarantee that a musical instrument can be accommodated on board. Storage is provided on a "first come, first serve" basis, so it is always a good idea to arrive for boarding early.
Your instrument may need to be checked at the gate and transported as checked baggage if the airport agent or cabin crew determines that it cannot be safely stowed in the cabin. For this reason, musical instruments should always be properly packed in a hard-shell case specifically designed for that type of instrument. Musical instruments checked at the gate must be retrieved at the gate upon arrival at your destination.
We know how important your musical instrument is to you, and we'll treat it with special care. If you are checking in a large instrument, please allow some extra time so that it can be safely and securely handed over to our baggage staff.
If your instrument weighs more than 23 kg (50 lb), overweight baggage charges will apply. The maximum weight of musical instruments we can carry is 32 kg (70 lb).
We're happy to accept musical instruments as checked baggage, provided each piece is properly packed in a hard-shell case. While soft or polyfoam cases generally provide adequate protection for day-to-day handling, they're not well suited for air travel.
Your instrument should fit snug in its case. If there's any noticeable wiggle room, it's a good idea to fill the open space with rags, towels, or T-shirts to prevent the instrument from moving around. Mark the instrument case FRAGILE, even if it’s shaped like a musical instrument.
Porter does not offer the services of transporting human remains as air cargo.
Here is what you should know if you are travelling with a cremation urn:
Note: You may take cremated pet remains onboard as carry-on under the same conditions.
Porter recommends that you carry your valuable or fragile items in your carry-on baggage, subject to cabin baggage size and weight restrictions. If you choose to pack your valuable, fragile or irreplaceable property as checked baggage, Porter assumes no liability for the loss of, damage to or delay in delivery of such items.
When transporting fragile items, it is your responsibility to ensure safe packaging with adequate cushioning material to prevent any breakage.
Do not place the following in your checked baggage:
For more information on Government of Canada security requirements please visit www.tc.gc.ca External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines or www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines or phone 1-888-294-2202. For more information on U.S. Government security requirements please visit to http://www.tsa.gov External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines.
We say yes to your dress! You can bring your wedding dress onboard with you as your personal standard article allowance.
Unfortunately there are no closets in the cabin that can hold the dress, so please wait until all other carry-on baggage has been stowed in the overhead compartments and then place your beautiful dress on top.
We do not recommend packing your dress in your checked baggage.
Set a reminder on your phone to retrieve your carry-on upon landing. It has happened on a few occasions that the bride-to-be got so overwhelmed by the upcoming nuptials that she completely forgot about her most important baggage item – the dress!
Allow extra time for going through the security checkpoint. Security officers may need to open and unpack your dress for screening and you may need some additional time to repackage it properly. Adding 30 minutes onto the recommended check-in arrival time for your flight is usually sufficient, although you may need more than that at busy airports.
Wrapped gifts are allowed, but not encouraged.
Wrapped packages are inspected just like any ordinary suitcase or bag—thin, decorative wrapping paper and ribbons aren’t likely to confuse the screening machine. But a package, whether intended to spread holiday cheer or not, is still subject to search and may be opened at the security checkpoint if its contents look suspicious. So, it may be a good idea to wait until you get to your destination to wrap your gifts.
If you have any doubts about the size or contents of your gifts, consider placing them in your checked baggage or shipping them instead.