CATSA Announces Changes To Security Procedure At Airports

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

In light of the evolving coronavirus situation, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has made several changes at airport security checkpoints.

Aiming to better ensure the safety of screening officers and travellers, CATSA instructs the following:


  • You can carry one bottle of hand sanitizer up to 355 ml in addition to the 100 ml bottles to be placed in the 1 L clear resealable bag;
  • At major airports, additional hand sanitizing units have been placed by the checkpoints to be used by the screening officers and the public;
  • We have increased the bin-cleaning frequency and are using strong anti-viral cleaning products for bins and other surfaces around the checkpoint;
  • Screening officers now wear gloves at all positions and masks when required to conduct close-contact screening;
  • Starting at the entrance to the checkpoint and throughout the screening process, we ask that you allow two metres between yourself and other passengers;
  • If you exhibit known COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, you will be required to leave the checkpoint and return to the public area;
  • You are asked to hold on to your own electronic or printed document of entitlement (boarding pass, Nexus card) while it is scanned;
  • Screening officers now change explosive trace detection swabs after each use.


Face Masks Must Be Worn By All Pax Over 2 Years Old

In response to the Government of Canada's announcement that travellers in Canada are required to wear face coverings on flights as of 20APR, CATSA advises that all passengers must bring a mask and wear it over their mouth and nose before entering the screening checkpoint.

"You can use disposable or homemade facemasks, scarves, bandanas, or any type of material that covers your nose and mouth and is secured to your head. See the Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidelines on face coverings, including instructions on how to make your own," CATSA writes on its website. 

"If you cannot wear a face covering for medical or health reasons, please let the screening officer know before going through the checkpoint."

According to the Transport Canada's website, children under two years of age are not required to wear a face covering.

CATSA notes that wearing a face covering does not replace the need to practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette and physical distancing of at least two metres.

Click here to see the full regulations on the CATSA website. 

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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