Airport security

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is responsible for screening air passengers and their belongings at Canadian airports as part of the pre-boarding process.

At the security screening checkpoint, you and your carry-on baggage will be searched by hand, with a metal detector or by x-ray machine. Passengers may also be selected at random for additional screening procedures, such as a full body scan or a physical search.

If you refuse to participate, you will not be allowed to board the aircraft and in some countries including the U.S., you could also be subject to arrest. Should you refuse to pass through or be refused through the screening process, your air carrier is not liable for refunding any unused part of your ticket.

CATSA personnel are trained on how to address the needs of persons with disabilities as they pertain to security screening. Make them aware of your disability-related needs and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance with mobility aids and carry-on items as you proceed through the security screening checkpoint.

Also remember:

  • You will not be able to pass through security unless you have a valid boarding pass;
  • There are often long line ups at security and air carriers will not delay departures for passengers who arrive late at the boarding gate; and
  • You must have valid identification and other travel documentation for yourself and any children travelling with you to show at the check-in counter and again at the boarding gate.
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