If you are travelling by plane from and within Canada, you are required to bring your own face covering. In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19, all passengers and non-passengers must wear a face covering and place it over their mouth and nose before entering the screening checkpoint. You can use disposable or homemade facemasks, scarves, bandanas, or any type of material that covers your nose and mouth and is secured to your head. If you cannot wear a face covering for medical or health reasons, please let the screening officers know before going through the checkpoint. Here’s some other changes we’ve made at the checkpoint.
CATSA recognizes that some members of the transgender community may have questions about the security screening process when a physical search (pat-down) is required.
A physical search is always conducted in the most professional and respectful manner possible. While a screening officer of the same gender as the passenger typically conducts any required searches, CATSA realizes that some members of the transgender community may not be comfortable with this process. To address this concern, transgender passengers can request that:
- The entire search be conducted by either a male or a female screening officer (unless the requested gender is not available) or;
- A split-search be conducted (i.e. a female screening officer searches one half or part of the body and a male screening officer searches the other half or part of the body).
Passengers are not required to reveal that they are transgender in order to request these options. Passengers can also request that their physical search be conducted in a private room. Those who choose this option may bring a witness of their choice. A witness for the screening officer will also be present (another screening officer or an independent third-party witness such as an airline representative). You may request that this witness be male or female.