Monday, March 15, 2010

Travelling...take it onboard or leave it?

What are you allowed to bring on board?
Many of you will be travelling over the next 2 weeks so I thought you might be interested in this article written by Andrea Wilson in CAA Magazine.

Travel restrictions are changing frequently. Here’s what you need to know now! As airport security measures increase, knowing what you can and cannot bring onto an airplane these days is enough to confuse the most seasoned traveller. From carry-on baggage restrictions to current passport requirements, here are a few guidelines on what to take, what to pack, and what to leave at home.

What you can bring on board
- Prescription drugs and medical equipment such as oxygen tanks, canes, walkers and crutches.
- Duty-free items purchased after the security check-in (though duty-free alcohol may not be permitted if connecting to another flight).
- Diaper bags for those travelling with infants.
- Baby food and formula.
- Electronics such as cellphones, PDAs, digital cameras, film or laptops. Spare lithium batteries are no longer allowed to be in checked baggage and must be in your carry-on luggage.
- Toiletries such as razors (only disposable or with blades in a cartridge), tweezers and nail clippers.
- Liquids and gels such as mouthwash and hand cream must be travel-sized (100 mL or less) and all packed in a clear zip-top one litre or less plastic bag.
- Knitting needles, crochet hooks and blunt-tipped sewing scissors.

What to pack
Is it over 100 mL in volume or bigger than a gym bag? If so, you’ll probably have to put it with your checked baggage.
- Hammers, drills and knives are all permitted in checked baggage, however, heavy tools like power rivets, and butane cylinders are not permitted at all.
- When travelling to and from the U.S., souvenirs and gifts, such as maple syrup and snow globes, should be packed and left unwrapped.
- Items such as ammunition, firearms, toy weapons, baseball bats and ski poles must be placed in your checked baggage. Keep in mind that many of these items come with certain conditions (i.e. if you’re checking a firearm, it must be declared to the air carrier when you check in for your flight).

What to leave at home
Is it caustic, compressed or flammable? Best forget about it altogether. Items such as animal repellant, fireworks, enamel, butane cylinders, and strike-anywhere matches are all banned on airplanes.

Carry-ons and Passports

By and large, passports are now required for most people, including children, flyinh internationally or to the U.S. Be sure to check the expiry date; some countries insist that they be valid for six months after your departure date. Check with Passport Canada or the International Air Transport Association for current passport, visa and health restrictions associated with your destination.

Travelling to or via the U.S.? Currently, carry-on is limited to one 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm bag per person plus any one of the following items: a laptop, a small purse, or a camera (still or video).

Travelling within Canada or internationally (except to the U.S.)? Carry-on is limited to two bags per person.

For updated information on carry-on restrictions and a detailed list of items not permitted through security in Canada, visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority website.

Click here for a detailed list of items not permitted through security in the U.S.