The Canadian Air Transport Security Authoritys (CATSA) is a Crown corporation responsible for securing specific elements of the air transportation system – from passenger and baggage screening to screening airport workers.
CATSA is mandated with protecting the public through effective and efficient screening of air travellers and their baggage. Their goal is to provide a professional, effective and consistent level of security service across the country, at or above the standards set by Transport Canada.
Due to heightened security screening by authorities, it is recommended that customers reduce carry-on baggage as much as possible. We recommend that customers allow extra time for security screening at the airport and have revised our recommended airport check-in times accordingly:
90 minutes for domestic Canada departures
Two hours for U.S. transborder departures to/from the United States
Three hours for departures to/from all other international destinations
Customers are advised to check on the status of their flight prior to leaving for the airport by consulting their respective air carrier’s websites or the flight listings shown on our Arrivals/Departures page.