All carry-on luggage, also called hand luggage, is screened by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) at the security checkpoint. Each airline has its own rules about the number and size of carry-on bags, but some examples are:
- Small suitcase
- Laptop bag
To find out the number of carry-on bags as well as the size and weight limits for your flight, check with your airline directly. If your bag is too big to pass through the x-ray screen, you will have to check it.
Packing your bags
There are security rules about what you can pack in your carry-on baggage. For example, liquids, gels and aerosols must be in small containers of 100 ml or less, packed together in one clear, closed, resealable plastic bag no more than 1 L in capacity.
Wheelchairs, mobility aids and strollers
Your airline may allow you to check and pick up strollers, wheelchairs and other mobility aids at the aircraft door. Please check with your airline directly.
If an item is not allowed in a carry-on bag, you may be able to put it in a checked bag. Each checked bag goes through a screening process and may be opened and searched as part of this process.
Airline rules and fees
Each airline has its own rules around the checked baggage size, weight and number of bags allowed for each traveller. Many airlines charge for checked baggage or limit the number of bags you can take on board.
To find out an airline’s baggage policy, give them a call, visit their ticket counter or go to their website.
Irregular or oversized baggage
If you have an item that is over the size and weight restrictions for your airline, or you have an irregularly shaped or fragile item, you may need to check it separately. Contact your airline to find out what fees apply or give yourself extra time to check in these items.
Remember that some items are not allowed across borders. Before you pack your bags, make sure you know what you may bring with you and what may be subject to rules, restrictions or prohibition. More customs information.