Breeze through security!

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is the Canadian Crown corporation responsible for security screening of people and baggage and the administration of identity cards at the 89 designated airports in Canada.

What to expect at the pre-board screening checkpoint:

  • Present your boarding pass or e-ticket to the pre-board screening officer.
  • If you need any help due to a medical condition, disability or other special need - please inform the screening officer.
  • Have large electronic devices (e.g. laptops, game consoles) out of their carrying cases and ready for inspection. Place them in a separate plastic bin from your other belongings. Tablets, cell phones and other small electronics do not need to be in a separate bin.
  • If your shoes have metal in them (e.g. steel-toed shoes or high heels) then you may be asked to remove your shoes. Otherwise you do not need to remove your shoes during pre-board screening.
  • Do not bring wrapped gifts through security. Place wrapped gifts in your checked luggage or wrap them at your end destination. This will speed up your time in line. If you have anything wrapped - be prepared, an officer may need to unwrap the gift.
  • Place carry-on items (i.e. purse, coat, hat) in the plastic bin provided.
  • All loose and metal objects, including coins and keys must be placed in the plastic bin.
  • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be put in a clear 1L plastic bag and placed in the plastic bin. There are exceptions for baby food/drinks and medicines. Visit CATSA's Liquids, Non-solid Food & Personal Items page to see these full requirements.
  • Proceed through the metal detector when the screening officer signals you to do so.
  • If you are selected for an extra physical search, you may request a private search area.
  • Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave the screening area.