Victoria International Airport Departures

Security Measures

CATSA represents a crown corporation that works on a not-for-profit basis. The organization is accountable to the Minister of Transport for the delivery of effective, consistent, and highly professional service at or above the standards set by federal regulations.

The authority will be responsible for several essential security initiatives:

  • pre-board screening of travelers and their belongings
  • training and certification of screening agents
  • all security devices and equipment at airports
  • buy, deployment, maintenance, and operation of explosive detection methods
  • federal contributions toward facility policing related to civil aviation security, and
  • operating with the RCMP on the Air Carrier Protection Program which assigns agents on selected flights

Transport Canada will proceed to audit security programs to guarantee compliance. VAA, airlines, pre-board screeners, and others are in charge of implementing Transport Canada’s security measures. VAA is dedicated to the delivery of customer service as well as security services and will stay in full compliance with all Transport Canada security measures.

What to wear

Since all travelers must pass through a walk-through metal detector, it is recommended to decrease the possibility of setting off the alarm:

  • Dress comfortably in outerwear that can be easily removed like jackets, belts, and slip-on shoes
  • It is recommended to limit jewelry to small watches, earrings, wedding bands/engagement rings, eyeglasses
  • It is better if passengers wear clothing without any metal buttons, snaps, or studs, as well as avoiding wearing shoes with buckles, metal arches, steel-toes, or shanks.
  • Commuters are advised to restrain themselves from wearing belts with metal buckles and remove hidden body piercings before their fly

Most belts include metal content, which may trigger an alarm that can only be resolved by undoing the belt. It is recommended to note that passengers are always asked to unbuckle the belt themselves and to hold its ends apart.

If customers set off the alarm while walking through the detector, they will have to undergo further screening to discover its source. This may include a physical search.

How to pack

Carry-on baggage and bins of the commuters go through the baggage screening x-ray for careful examination by screening representatives. A few tips provided below will help passengers to minimize the potential for the further delay of an additional carry-on baggage content search:

  • It is better for travelers to ensure that their carry-on luggage has easy access to remove their laptop computer, film, and video cameras.
  • Personal toiletry items should be placed in clear, see-through bags. Commuters should only bring aerosols, liquids, and gels that are packed in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and to make sure that the containers fit into one transparent, sealed and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 liter (1 quart).
  • Exempted liquids like breast milk and medication should be packed so that they can easily be removed from carry-on luggage for inspection.
  • Commuters should avoid packing souvenirs and gifts that contain liquids, gels, and aerosols in their carry-on. These include liquor, beer, wine, cans of condensed soup, snow globes, perfume, maple syrup, and lotion.
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