By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: What can I take through the screeners at the airport?

A: According to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), screening officers on average screen over 37 million people, over 60 million pieces of luggage and over 800,000 non-passengers a year, leaving them to make split second decisions on what’s in your bag and what is on your person.

To make your life and their life less stressful, this past March, Transport Canada updated its list of prohibited items concerning what air travelers cannot pack as carry-on objects and checked baggage.

For the carry-on list, the following items remain prohibited: axes and hatchets (unless part of aircraft equipment); billiard cues, billy clubs and blackjacks, box cutters, brass knuckles, corkscrews with attached knives, insecticides, knives or knife-like objects of any length, paint, guns, razor blades (not in cartridges), tools and more.

For the complete list log onto and click on air, then click on passengers, and here you’ll see the sub-link, Dangerous Goods in Carry-on Baggage and Checked Baggage.

For more information on how to pack for your next trip you may call the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority at 1 888 294 2202.


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