(NC)- Every day hundreds of thousands of passengers are flying from Canadian airports. If you are one of them, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has some advice to help you get through security quickly.
"Knowing what to expect and packing appropriately will reduce the time you spend at the checkpoint and increase the time you spend enjoying your trip," says Mathieu Larocque, a spokesperson for CATSA.
Before going to the airport make sure your clothes won't set off the metal detector. Limit jewelry and wear clothing and shoes without snaps, metal buttons or studs. Should you set off the metal detector, you may need to undergo further screening.
Carry-on baggage and other personal items like purses will be x-rayed. Make sure your laptop is removed from its case and placed in a bin. Other items like cell phones, loose change and watches should be secured in the pockets of a coat or a jacket that will be placed a bin.
Electronic items like tablets, cameras or MP3 players can remain in your carry-on bags. Leave gifts unwrapped in case their contents need to be inspected.
Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers of 100ml or less and placed in a 1L clear plastic bag, these include toiletries and grandma's jam. Bigger containers should stay home or go in checked bags.
Have your boarding pass ready, and make sure you give yourself plenty of time so you are not rushing during the screening process.
For more tips that will get you through airport security screening in a breeze, see catsa.gc.ca or the mobile site, m.catsa.gc.ca.