By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I havenít flown in a while and one of the reasons is because of all the restrictions. A family member has taken ill in Germany and Iíll be flying to see them. What can I pack in my carry-on?

A: The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has a shopping list of items that are permitted and not permitted in your carry-on. For the full list visit This chart the CATSA notes applies to flights originating within Canada.

For departure flights outside Canada make sure you check with your airline or travel agent for restrictions. Hereís a quick list of not permitted items in your carry-on: no sharp objects or items that might be considered weapons such as nail files and medical syringes. Pack these in your checked bag.

For permitted items in your carry-on, you can bring liquids, gels and aerosols through security screening at Canadian airports provided that the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and that the containers fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre.

Only one bag per passenger is permitted. In order to minimize potential delays at the screening point, the CATSA advises passengers to remove from their carry-on bag, the closed, re-sealable plastic bag containing all permitted liquids, gels, and aerosols and place them directly into the trays provided at the beginning of the screening process. There are no size or bag restrictions for liquids and gels packed in checked baggage.


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