A naughty-or-nice list for your suitcase

(NC) If you think Santa's list is long, you should check out the “What Can I Bring?” list on the Canadian Air Transport Authority’s website.

It’s basically a naughty-or-nice list for your suitcase – a searchable database saying what can and cannot pass through airport security in your carry-on or checked luggage. It has hundreds of items, so here's a seasonal selection of what's ho-ho-ho and what's no-no-no.


  • Wrapped gifts: Leave your gifts unwrapped when bringing them through the security checkpoint, in case their contents need to be inspected. In some airports, gift-wrapping services are available after security during the holiday season.
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels in containers of more than 100 millilitres: Pack your eggnog in your checked bag if the container is larger than this. Passengers are allowed to bring only as many smaller containers as can fit inside a clear, resealable 1-litre bag.


  • Legal amounts of cannabis: Recreational cannabis was taken off the Criminal Code’s naughty list last year. You’re allowed to fly with a legal amount (30 grams) if you’re flying within Canada.
  • Inorganic powders (350 millilitres or less): If Santa brought you bath salts, mineral-powder makeup or gourmet salts (including salty seasoning blends), you can only bring a combined total of 350 millilitres in your carry-on. That's an amount about the size of a soda can. Any more than that and you'll have to put some in your checked bag.
  • If you still don't know what you can bring, you can ask CATSA on Facebook or Twitter. You can also download their free mobile app for the complete list of permitted items and other travel tips, including updated wait times at security screening in major Canadian airports.

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