Airport Tips: Making Screening a Breeze this Winter

Today’s post comes from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. With the holiday season quickly approaching, they asked to share a few winter travel tips to help get you through airport security with ease!

The weather outside may be frightful, but travelling this winter can be delightful! Whether you’re packing for a winter wonderland with the kids or escaping the cold, these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will make airport security a breeze.


Before the airport

Snowy weather can make getting to the airport a challenge, so make sure to arrive with plenty of time to check in and go through screening. Wait times for major airports are listed on CATSA’s website or CATSA’s app for your convenience.

Remember to put all liquids, aerosols and gels over 100 millilitres in your checked baggage―only amounts less than 100 ml in a 1-litre clear, re-sealable plastic bag are allowed on-board.

Dress for success

Though you’ll likely be bundled up for winter weather, remember to put your coat in a bin at the screening checkpoint. Same goes for boots and belts with large buckles.


Bringing the kids along?

Keep them happy by packing their favourite snacks – solid foods like fruit and chocolate are allowed in your carry-on bag. If you are travelling with an infant younger than two years of age (0-24 months), you can bring baby food, milk, formula, water, juice and other baby items in your carry-on bag.

Look for the Family/Special Needs lane. There is extra space to accommodate larger items like strollers and car seats, and screening officers who offer additional assistance.

Travelling with gifts?

Screening officers hate unwrapping other people’s presents. Gifts packed in your checked bag or carry-on should be wrapped when you arrive at your destination. Better yet – some airports have gift-wrapping services located past security during the holiday season.

For more tips to help you breeze through security this winter, visit CATSA at,  on Twitter (@catsa_gc) or Pinterest (CATSAGC).

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  1. I try not to wear anything too bulky in the airport and just leave it in my carryon if I really need it. Also, I stay away from belts and such. It takes so much more time when going through security!

  2. says: Gaspard

    Good list!
    Also, this days, make sure all your electronic items are fully charged. They can ask you to turn on your Ipad, your phone or your laptop before getting on the plane… oh and no spare battery in your carry on bag.

  3. says: Alex

    Hi, great tips. I was wondering if I could pass by the airport security without these bureocracy, but I realized that´s necessary for my own good. Thanks.

  4. says: Michael Conroy

    I travel all the time throughout Asia and your tips come in very handy. One of my personal tips is to ALWAYS use web check-in with your carrier at least 24 hours prior to departure. Oftentimes, the carrier will have a separate, much shorter, line for those that used the web check-in.

  5. Hello SAM,
    It is really an amazing post here containing the useful tips. People who generally travel the airport for the first time are rarely much aware about the security tips for airports and your post is helping the same peoples in a wonderful way, whether it is from keeping of aerosols, gels, liquids in 100 ml to keeping baby food and favorite snacks. It is really helpful one. Thanks

  6. says: Mike | VagabondingMike

    Ohhhh, yes! Good old airport security. They are like the red-headed step-brother we only see once or twice a year but when we do…the short time we spend with them truly does live up to the hype.

    No, I’m just kidding. I don’t dislike the security people at the airport, but who I do despise are those whom constantly complain about going through the security lines at the airport…complain, complain, complain!

    Keep up the good work on the blog!

    Happy travels!

  7. Traveling home right after Christmas was a nightmare. Went through New York and ended up with a nightmare going through security. Someone tried to sneak around the screeners. That ended up putting things on lock down for over an hr. Lesson learned for sure!