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July 10, 2007 | General

Transport Canada has issued new regulations regarding the transport of liquids, gels and aerosols onboard aircraft. Effective Tuesday, September 26, 2006, travellers will be able to bring small amounts of liquids, gels, and aerosols onboard aircraft, with some restrictions.

  • Passengers will be permitted to bring liquids, gels, and aerosols through security screening at Canadian airports provided the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 90 ml/90 grams (3 oz.) or less.
  • Containers must be able to fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre (1 quart).
  • One bag per passenger will be permitted.

Transport Canada recommends that whenever possible, passengers continue to pack these items in checked baggage to minimize potential delays at the security screening point.


The following items are exempt from the container size restrictions and are not required to be placed in a plastic bag; however, they must be brought to the attention of screening authorities and these passengers may be subject to additional screening.

  • Baby formula, milk and baby food in small containers if travelling with a baby or small child two years of age or under
  • Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket/boarding pass, insulin and other essential non-prescription drugs

To speed up the screening process, passengers should be prepared to present documentation supporting a medical condition, such as a doctor’s note.

Passengers should place all liquids, gels, and aerosols from their carry-on bags into the trays provided at the beginning of the screening process.

Post-security sale of liquids

  • All passengers will continue to be permitted to purchase liquids, gels and aerosols at retailers within the post-security screening, pre-boarding areas.
  • All passengers, including those travelling to the United States, will be permitted to carry liquids, gels and aerosols purchased beyond the security screening point onboard the aircraft.

Duty free

  • International passengers (non-U.S.) will be permitted to purchase liquids, gels and aerosols at the duty-free shop and carry these items onboard aircraft.
  • For passengers heading to the United States, because the duty-free shop is located before the pre-boarding checkpoint, all liquids, creams and gels purchased at the duty-free must be placed in checked luggage.
  • Please note: Passengers connecting through the United Kingdom should be aware that these items continue to be prohibited on flights departing from the United Kingdom.

Further information: Visit Transport Canada’s website at or the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website at Passengers who have questions about packing their bags in preparation for a trip can also contact CATSA toll-free at 1-888-294-2202.