Duty-free purchases as carry-on baggage

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority will accept, subject to screening, duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels purchased from any airline or airport retailer that are properly sealed in official security bags and accompanied by a receipt.

These do not count as part of your carry-on allowance.

Screening officers may open your security bag to screen its contents, then re-seal it after inspection.

You may be asked to surrender your duty-free purchases if:

Please note that duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels may be intercepted if you pass through pre-board screening at a connecting airport in another country.

If your duty-free purchases do not clear security, you can:

Transporting alcohol

You can pack bottles of alcohol (including homemade wine and beer, and commercial products) in your checked baggage if:

Alcoholic beverages containing 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations on quantities.

Official security bags

These are sealed clear plastic bags with special security features that hold goods purchased from airline or airport retailers after security screening. They are designed to make it easier for you to carry liquids, aerosols and gels through screening.

Official security bags are used in several but not all countries around the world. Wherever you travel, check first to make sure your bag has the security features described above when you make your purchase. If it doesn’t, it will be rejected.






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