By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’ll be flying into the US shortly. With all the restrictions and loosening restrictions I don’t know what to pack anymore.

A: For all the latest ins and outs on air security, the Transportation Security Administration in the US has a long list of prohibited items you can view directly at their web site. As the restrictions seem to be changing regularly it’s best to consult with a resource like this or by contacting your air carrier or travel agent for assistance.

For instance at the TSA web site they post a handy traveler’s tips sheet. Here are some tips from the TSA: “All shoes must be removed for X-ray screening. Leave liquids, gels and aerosols behind. Know what's permitted and prohibited. Understand the new security procedures, and know what to expect during screening.” For a list of prohibited items click on the link “Permitted and Prohibited Items” on the home page.

For items noted in the make-up and personal items category currently all creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc must be stored in your checked-in baggage not your carry-on.

Another excellent resource is Consular Affairs has a section devoted to Information and Assistance for Canadians Abroad which you can obtain when you visit them online at Currently, there is a security category with sections such as “Increased Security Measures for Canadian air travellers” and a security section on traveling to the US as well.


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