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.

Video Gallery

Below are some of our most popular videos. You can access all of CATSA’s videos on our YouTube channel

The Walk-through Metal Detector

As part of the screening process, you will need to pass through the walk-through metal detector. This process should be quick and efficient if you follow these tips. (Read text version)


The Walk-Through Metal Detector


Travelling with Duty-free Purchases

Know the rules for duty-free before you fly. (Read text version)

Travelling with duty-free purchases


Family Travel

Look for the Family/Special Needs Lane. (Read text version)

Family travel


Security Screening Tips video

Before you fly, learn the rules. Follow these tips on how to get through security screening hassle-free. (Read text version)

Security Screening Tips


Packing Tips video

Before you fly, know how to pack your carry on bag. Paying extra attention when packing items like liquids, aerosols, gels, medications and electronic can save you time in line. (Read text version)

Packing Tips