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Airport screening made easy for seniors

(NC) Lack of preparation for airport screening has the potential to cause unwanted concerns. If you haven't travelled in a long time and fear the security checkpoint, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has the following tips to alleviate your stress and make your experience more enjoyable:

At home

• Dress in comfortable clothes. If you choose to wear jewellery, keep it limited.

• Make sure that outerwear, belts and shoes are easy-to-remove, and avoid metal snaps or buttons.

• Pack liquids of 100 ml or less and keep them together in a 1-litre transparent and re-sealable plastic bag.

• Ensure that all your prescription medications in your carry-on baggage are clearly labelled with your name.

• Note that it is permitted to carry essential non-prescription medications such as cough syrup, eye drops, contact lens solutions, rash creams, gel pills, etc. in containers larger than 100 ml in your carry-on. Please give these to the screening officer separately.

• It is acceptable for diabetics to bring juice or carbohydrate gel packs as well as their medication and necessary equipment.

• Seek approval from the air carrier before packing medical defibrillators and small oxygen or air cylinders in carry-on baggage.

At the airport

• Arrive early at the airport – especially at peak periods.

• Ask your airline in advance if you require any specific assistance.

• Have your boarding pass ready to present to the screening officer.

• Wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetic devices and any other equipment are allowed at the security checkpoint.

• Bring a note from your doctor if you have prosthetic joint replacements since they could potentially set off the metal detector.

• Use the Family/Special Needs lane if you have mobility issues, and let the screening officer know of your level of ability.

• Consult your doctor before flying if you have any concerns about your safety going through the metal detectors. Other methods of screening can be used as an alternative.

Additional tips are available online at, or on the mobile site, and on Twitter @catsa_gc.

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