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Tips for faster airport security this holiday season

December 18, 2012

OTTAWA, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ – The days before Christmas are the busiest
days of the year in Canadian airports and the Canadian Air Transport
Security Authority (CATSA) wants passengers to be prepared for

“Knowing what to expect and packing appropriately will reduce the time
you spend at the checkpoint and increase the time you spend enjoying
your trip,” says Mathieu Larocque, a spokesperson for CATSA.

Before going to the airport make sure your clothes won’t set off the
metal detector. Limit jewellery and wear clothing and shoes without
snaps, metal buttons or studs. Should you set off the metal detector,
you may need to undergo further screening. Leave gifts unwrapped in
case their contents need to be inspected.

Carry-on baggage and other personal items like purses will be x-rayed.
Make sure your laptop is removed from its case and placed in a bin.
Other items like cell phones, loose change and watches should be
secured in the pockets of a coat or a jacket that will be placed a bin.
Electronic items like tablets, cameras or MP3 players can remain in
your carry-on bags.

Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers of 100ml or less and
placed in a 1L clear plastic bag, these include toiletries and
grandma’s jam. Bigger containers should stay home or go in checked

Have your boarding pass ready, and make sure you give yourself plenty of
time so you are not rushing during the screening process.

If you have a NEXUS card, you can enjoy an even faster screening by
using the dedicated lanes for Nexus members. For passengers travelling
with young children or requiring extra assistance, you can use the
Family/Special needs lane.

For more tips that will get you through airport security screening in a
breeze, see catsa.gc.ca or the mobile site, m.catsa.gc.ca or on twitter be following @catsa_gc.

CATSA, established in 2002, is a Crown corporation responsible for:

        --  Pre-board screening - the screening of passengers, their
            carry-on baggage and personal belongings;
        --  Hold-baggage screening - the screening of checked baggage;
        --  Non-passenger screening - the screening of non-passengers on a
            random basis; and
        --  Restricted Area Identity Card - the administration of access
            control to airport restricted areas through biometric

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SOURCE Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

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