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.

What do I put in the bins?

If you want to breeze through security, here are the steps to follow:


1. Place coins, keys and small metal items in your carry-on.

If your cell phone isn't being used as your boarding pass, put it in your carry-on bag.

2. Place liquids, aerosols and gels in a clear, 1 L resealable bag.

One bag per passenger to be placed in the bin.

3. Unpack your laptop computer and place it in the bin.

Place the laptop width-wise in the bin with nothing on top of it.

4. Remove outerwear, including bulky and winter coats and place them in the bin.

Pack your bins neatly. This helps the screening officer see the X-ray image more clearly.