Going through a pre-boarding security check at the airport can be stressful for a lot of people. That’s why Securitas Aviation screening officers are trained to accompany passengers and explain every step of the security check process in a courteous manner.

Below, you can find answers to some frequently asked questions.

How should I pack my carry-on baggage?
  • Make sure you can easily remove your laptop computer, video and film cameras from your carry-on.
  • Place personal toiletry items in a clear plastic bag. Only bring liquids, aerosols and gels that are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz) or less. All these items must fit into one transparent, closed and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1L (1 qt).
  • Certain powders and granular materials (e.g., baby powder, foot powder, some cooking powders and seasonings, sand) in your carry-on are limited to a total quantity of 350 ml or less
  • Exempted liquids – like medication, baby formula or breast milk– should be packed so that they can easily be removed from carry-on baggage for inspection.
  • Avoid packing gifts and souvenirs containing liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on. These include: liquor, wine, beer, snow globes, cans of condensed soup, maple syrup, perfume and lotion. Put them in your checked baggage or ship them separately.
  • Fragile items such as prescription eyewear and sunglasses, dishes, figurines and glassware should be properly packed in your carry-on bag so that the item does not break.
Is the body scanner safe?

The scanner works by projecting low-intensity radio frequency (RF) energy above and around the passenger’s body. Health Canada’s research concluded that the level of energy emitted by the scanner complies with government RF exposure guidelines and poses no health or safety risk in a single exposure.

The energy used is non-invasive. It is therefore safe for pregnant women and passengers with a pacemaker or other metal surgical implants (e.g., plates or screws).

What should I put in the trays?

Please place the following items in the trays:

  • Currency, keys and small metal items from your carry-on baggage
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels in a transparent and resealable bag of 1L
  • Laptops out of their carrying case
  • Outdoor clothing, including heavy winter coats or jackets
What happens during the manual search?

A screening officer of the same sex as the passenger carries out a search of the clothing. The agents must wear gloves during the manual search. It is safe and hygienic. The manual search can also be done in a private room for this purpose.

If the passenger has chosen this option, a witness will be present.


All passenger tips come from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website. Securitas Aviation does not issue safety rules.

For more information, please visit the website by clicking on the link below.

Consult the CATSA website
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