This winter get your family through airport security quickly

This post is brought to you by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has asked us to give our readers some tips on how to make getting through airport security easier this holiday season. Navigating large crowds can be onerous, time can be limited, and stress levels are often at an all-time high. Travelling with the family can be challenging, especially when you get to airport security. Following these tips from the CATSA will not only help bring the stress level down, but also get you through the checkpoint faster and easier.

Download CATSA’s app

Go to CATSA’s website ( and download their “Breeze through security” mobile app. In addition to wait times, you’ll find information on what you can and can’t bring through security and helpful tips about the screening process.

Remember the 100ml rule

Put large containers of liquids, aerosols and gels in your checked baggage. Only amounts less than 100 ml, placed in a 1 L clear, re-sealable plastic bag, are permitted in your carry-on baggage. This includes beverages and non-solid food (e.g. yogurt, pudding and peanut butter). However, beverages and food for children under the age of two are exempt from these restrictions (e.g. breast milk, formula, juice and purees). Keep these items within reach as they need to be inspected separately.

Leave gifts unwrapped

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If you’re bringing gifts, leave them unwrapped in case their contents may need to be inspected. Some airports have gift-wrapping services located past security during the holiday season.

How to pack your electronics for airport security

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Bringing your children’s electronic games is a good way to keep them busy at the airport. To save time leave small electronic devices like tablets, e-books, cameras and handheld video games in their cases or in your carry-on baggage for screening, then simply place the case or baggage in the bin. If you travel with large electronic items like laptops, DVD players, netbooks, notebooks or game consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.) you need to remove them from your carry-on baggage and place them separately in a bin. Make sure there are no other items on top or underneath.

Choose easy-to-remove outerwear

Make sure the little ones can easily remove winter jackets, boots and hats. These items must be placed in bins for screening.

Look for the Family/Special Needs lane

If you need help at the checkpoint, look for the Family/Special Needs lane. It features screening equipment that can accommodate larger items, like car seats and strollers, and screening officers who offer additional assistance.

Have your boarding passes ready

Remember to have all family members’ boarding passes ready for inspection.

If you have more questions about the screening process, you can find answers online at, on the go with CATSA’s mobile app or on social media (Twitter: @catsa_gc, Pinterest: CATSAGC).

You can also watch a short info video from CATSA’s below. Bon voyage!

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  • December 7 2016

    Great tips guys! Standing in lineup through security can be time consuming on a good day, during the holidays it’s best to show up prepared and aware of the rules!

  • December 20 2016

    Excellent compilation and what a great idea! This is extremely helpful when planning a trip with the Canadian air. Appreciate it!
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