Liquids, aerosols and gels

Before leaving for the airport, you can ensure security and speed up security screening by packing your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.

Remember: Liquids consist of items such as coffee, bottled water and shampoos. Aerosols include things like deodorant, hairspray and static remover. Gels are comprised of food items like jam, pudding and yogurt, and personal-care products like lipstick or hair styling gel.

Please note that if an item that is illegal in Canada, such as pepper spray, is presented at a pre-board screening checkpoint, we have to notify the police. This could lead to charges and prosecution to the item’s holder.

So before leaving for the airport, pack your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.

How to pack your liquids, aerosols and gels

Containers of liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on must be 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less.

All containers must fit in one clear, closed, resealable plastic bag no more than 1 litre (1 quart) in capacity. The approximate dimensions of a one litre/quart bag are 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by 17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.).

Carry on baggage

At the screening point, take your plastic bag out of your carry-on and place it in a bin.

Drink or discard any beverages in containers over 100 ml before pre-board security screening.

Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.

Passengers are not permitted to bring liquids, gels and aerosols in containers larger than 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz.) through the security screening at Canadian airports.

Carry on baggage

Exceptions for liquids, aerosols and gels

The following are allowed in your carry-on without a bag and in containers over 100 ml:

You must declare all such items at security screening. These items must be removed from carry-on baggage and placed directly into a bin at the entrance of the checkpoint, as additional screening may be required.

Food

Solid food is permitted in both checked and carry-on baggage.

All liquid food in your carry-on (for example, yogurt, pudding or jam) must be in containers of 100 ml or less.

All containers must fit in the same clear, closed, resealable 1 litre plastic bag, as all other containers of liquids, aerosols or gels you are carrying.

Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.

What happens if you bring non-permitted item to a pre-board security screening checkpoint?

 A number of options may be available to you if this situation arises:

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