Security Screening Wait Times

CATSA encourages all passengers to arrive at their departing airport well in advance of their flight. Many airlines advise passengers to arrive two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours in advance for US and international flights.

Be prepared for screening - LAGS

Be prepared for screening. Please ensure that all liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on baggage are in containers of 100ml or less and placed in a clear, 1L resealable bag. Click here for more information about carry-on baggage requirements.

Hold-baggage Screening

Screening officers use specialized equipment to screen passengers’ checked baggage (or hold baggage) to prevent the boarding of prohibited items such as explosives.

CATSA provides financial support to airports to cover the installation, renovation and deployment of explosives detection systems. Collaborating with Transport Canada, CATSA has established a regulatory framework to ensure optimal performance and maintenance of each system.  CATSA also oversees all hold-baggage screening systems and ensures regulatory compliance.