Naughty and nice list for holiday travel
Santa Claus is coming to town just as you’re preparing to fly out. To figure out what’s naughty or nice when it comes to packing your luggage, head over to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s website.
Their searchable “What can I bring?” list will let you know what’s allowed and where it belongs, either in your carry-on or checked luggage. Here are a few examples:
• Baked goods are a yes, but icings, fondant or any liquids are limited to containers of 100 millilitres or less and must be able to fit in a 1-litre clear plastic bag with any other liquids, gels or aerosols you have with you.
• Ice skates are on the nice list too, but note that skates with detachable blades must go in your checked bag.
• Inorganics and granular materials like bath salts or hand warmers are permitted in limited quantities. You can bring an amount roughly the size of a pop can (350 mL) in your carry-on.
• Trying to catch Santa on camera? Camcorders and cameras are allowed in your carry-on baggage. Video-game consoles are permitted too, but check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during the flight.
• Wrapped presents are on the naughty list, as screening officers may need to see what’s inside. Fortunately, some airports offer gift-wrapping services after security during the holiday season.
• If Santa brought you a toy gun or replica knife this holiday season, you’ll have to leave it at home. Replica illegal weapons – ones that look real, including replica explosives and guns – are not permitted in carry-on or checked bags.
• Knives with a blade longer than six centimetres, box cutters, utility knives and safety razor blades are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Small knives with blades six centimetres or less are permitted in carry-on on domestic and international flights, but not on flights to the U.S.
Still not sure about something? Head over to www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca.