Security screening

We want you to get through security as quickly as possible. Have a look at the following points so your trip through will be smooth and easy.

  • Checked baggage containing items that are prohibited on board an aircraft may be opened by authorized security screeners for further inspection.

  • If further inspection is required, guests departing a Canadian airport may be contacted by security to be present during the inspection of their baggage. Guests departing a U.S. airport will not be contacted.

  • Reviewing restricted items will help in expediting the checked baggage screening process and will minimize the potential that you or your baggage will be delayed.

Transport Canada pre-board security screening for carry-on baggage

  • Permitted carry-on items: Liquids, gels or aerosols in containers 100 ml/100 g (3.4 oz.) or less. These containers MUST be placed in one (1) clear, closed and resealable plastic bag no larger than one litre (one quart). One plastic bag is permitted per guest.

    Duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels containing more than 100 ml are permitted as long as they are carried in a duty-free issued Secure Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB). Guests with transfers should be aware that the security bags are valid for a maximum of 48 hours. Purchases must be accompanied by a receipt and the security bag must not be tampered with or opened prior to going through security at a transfer airport. Although, Canada, United States, and the European Union countries will accept the Secure Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB) for transfers, not all airports in other countries do. Guests with transfers in other countries may still be asked to place their duty free in checked baggage or risk having the item confiscated.

  • Prohibited: Unsealed, open or opaque plastic bags of any size with liquids, gels or aerosols in containers of any size. Liquids, gels or aerosols in containers larger than 100 ml/100 g (3.4 oz.) in unapproved containers or packaging.

  • Items exempt from restrictions (these items must be declared to security screeners): Baby formula, baby food, and milk for guests travelling with children less than two years old (sorry, if they've blown out two candles on their birthday cake this is one wish that won't come true), and prescription and essential non-prescription medicines. These items do not require a plastic bag, but may require additional screening.

For more information on these or other Government of Canada security requirements please visit www.tc.gc.ca or www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca or phone 1-888-294-2202.

Priority security screening

Priority security screening is available to guests purchasing a Plus fare and departing from the participating airports below. Present your boarding pass at security to be directed to the priority lane should it be available.

 

Airports offering priority security screening*
Canadian AirportsFlights to
Canadian cities
Flights to
U.S. cities
Flights to
International cities
Calgary, AB Yes No Yes
Edmonton, AB Yes No Yes
Halifax, NS Yes No Yes
Montreal, QC Yes No Yes
Ottawa, ON Yes No Yes
Quebec City, QC Yes Yes Yes
Toronto, ON Yes Yes Yes
Vancouver, BC Yes Yes Yes
Winnipeg, MB Yes No Yes
International AirportsFlights to
Canadian cities
Flights to
U.S. cities
Flights to
International cities
Chicago, IL Yes N/A N/A
Fort Meyers, FL Yes N/A N/A
Honolulu, HI Yes N/A N/A
Las Vegas, NV Yes N/A N/A
Los Angeles, CA Yes N/A N/A
Newark, NJ Yes N/A N/A
New York, NY Yes N/A N/A
Orange County, CA Yes N/A N/A
Orlando, FL Yes N/A N/A
Phoenix, AZ Yes N/A N/A
San Diego, CA Yes N/A N/A
San Francisco, CA Yes N/A N/A
Tampa, FL Yes N/A N/A

*Priority screening is not available at all screening points in some airports.