By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We've heard some horror stories involving increased security at the airport. How can I ensure my experience is a pleasant one?

A: As a result of the tragic events of September 11th, air travellers are experiencing increased security measures.

Some of the things to keep in mind when travelling include removing any objects with sharp points from your carry-on baggage. These items can include box cutters, straight razors, scissors and even ice picks.

When it comes to carry-on luggage, count. One carry-on bag and another item such as a purse, laptop or briefcase are permitted on all Air Canada flights within North America. I've also heard that if you're planning on packing electric devices such as hair dryers, curling irons and irons, pack these in your checked luggage, otherwise it's a good idea to keep them at home.

Most importantly, ensure you have all necessary documentation readily available. Be prepared to present photo identification before boarding a flight regardless of the destination strongly advises Air Canada. Without it, travel maybe refused. Domestic travel requires photo identification and international travel requires a valid passport and any other documentation required to enter the country of choice, such as visas. Arrive early.

For domestic flights, it's a good idea to arrive one hour prior to your departure time. Allow yourself 90 minutes if travelling to the United States and if you're flying overseas, arrive three hours prior to international flights.


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