What Can I Bring Onto a Plane in Canada

What Can I Bring Onto a Plane in Canada?

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Part of planning your trip to Canada will be knowing not just what items you are allowed to bring into Canada, but what you can and can't take on the plane.

It's not the end of the world, but is a total drag when you have to turn over that expensive lotion you forgot to take out of your carry-on luggage at the security check. Before you board your plane, figure out what you can and cannot take according to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

Your airline may have additional restrictions as far as what you can bring on the flight so consult their website for a checklist. 

The CATSA allows passengers to bring the following items on board with them on a flight:

Two pieces of carry-on luggage per person (dimensions of luggage specified by airline), such as

  • small suitcase
  • back pack
  • briefcase
  • camera case that includes extra lenses and equipment
  • laptop bag

In addition to carry-on luggage, passengers may bring the following:

  • Purses no bigger than 25 cm x 30 cm x 14 cm (10 in. x 12 in. x 5.5 in.) Larger purses will count as carry-on luggage.
  • cases containing only cameras (still or video)
  • medication or medical equipment (oxygen tank, doctor’s bag, CPAP machine)
  • coats and outer garments
  • crutches, canes or walkers
  • diplomatic or consular bags
  • strollers and child restraint systems
  • duty-free items purchased after the security check
  • drinks that have been purchased after security
  • solid food is allowed in your carry-on, but some restrictions apply

    Liquids, gels and aerosols going through security screening at Canadian airports must be in containers no more than 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz). These containers should be in a resealable plastic bag (like a large Ziploc bag) no bigger than 1 litre (1 quart) (approximately 10" x 4"). One bag per passenger is allowed.

    Some items are exempted from the 100 ml or 100 g (3.4 oz) limit and do not have to be placed in a plastic bag. However, you must declare these items to the screening officer for inspection. The exceptions are:

    • Baby food/drink: If you are travelling with an infant younger than two years of age (0-24 months), baby food, milk, formula, water and juice are allowed.
    • Breast milk: Passengers flying with or without their child can bring breast milk in quantities greater than 100 ml
    • Prescription medicines are allowed, but should be in their original, labelled containers. 
    • Essential non-prescription medicines, such as homeopathic products, pain relieving medication, cough syrup, decongestant spray, gel-based nutritional supplements, saline solution or eye care products, are allowed.
    • Gel and ice packs are allowed, if they are needed to treat an injury, to refrigerate baby food, milk, breast milk, formula, water and juice for infants younger than two years of age (0-24 months), or to preserve medically necessary items or medication
    • Liquids/gels for diabetes: Juice or gels if you need them for diabetic or other medical conditions.

    The following items are *NOT* allowed on flights and will be taken away by security. 

    • Razors
    • Weapons
    • Curling Iron
    • Billiard cue
    • Anything sharp, such as knife, box cutter
    • Tools - even if purely practical, such as for camping
    • Paint
    • Pepper spray

    The above information comes from The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).