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Packing tips for easier airport screening

(NC) The summer travel season is here, and whether you’re planning a short trip or travelling to a far-away destination, your experience starts at home. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has a few tips that can help you prepare for a successful security screening experience.

Know before you go
Whether you are an organized packer or a “throw and go” traveller, what you pack and how much you pack is very important. This is especially true if you are only bringing carry-on baggage. Be sure to know the limits for size and quantity of bags ahead of time. You can contact your airline in advance or check their website for more information if you’re unsure.

Once at the checkpoint, all carry-on baggage is screened through X-ray equipment. If your item is too big to go through the X-ray, it must be checked.

Limit your liquids
Familiarize yourself with the liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) rule before you get to the security checkpoint. All LAGs in your carry-on must be in containers of 100 ml or less and placed in a clear, resealable 1-litre plastic bag. This includes items like shampoo, sunscreen, toothpaste, liquid makeup, bug spray and hand sanitizer. At the security screening checkpoint, be prepared to remove the bag from your carry-on and place it in a bin for inspection.

Large must be charged
If you’re travelling with a laptop or other large electronics, ensure all devices are fully charged and can be powered up. You’ll be asked to remove these items from their carrying cases and place them in a bin for X-ray. You should label these devices so you can easily identify them after screening. Small electronics like cellphones and tablets can stay in your carry-on.

Arrive early
Wait times at security screening checkpoints can vary for many reasons and can fluctuate throughout the day based on passenger volume and the number of flights. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and go through check-in and security. It’s recommended that you arrive at least two hours ahead for domestic flights and three hours in advance of U.S. and international flights.

Taking the time to prepare can help get you on your way with ease.

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