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Put the books down and pack your bags

(NC) March Break is a great time to relax and recharge before the final stretch of the school year. Before taking off for your adventures, there is one last thing that you should study: how to breeze through airport screening.

To help you pass the security checkpoint exam, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) offers these useful lessons:

At home

• Pick a comfortable travelling outfit. Refrain from wearing shoes with metal arches and belts with a metal buckle.

• Make sure all liquids exceeding 100 ml are packed into your checked baggage. Travel-size containers (100 ml or less) can be brought in carry-on bags. They need to be put in a 1-litre re-sealable clear bag.

• Ice skates are the only winter sports item that is allowed in your carry-on baggage. For bigger items, like snowboards, skis and hockey sticks, you will have to include them with your checked baggage.

• Pack your butane curling iron in your checked baggage. Electric blow-dryers, other curling irons and flat irons are permitted in your carry-on.

At the airport

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

• Put sunglasses and everything in your jacket pockets and put your jacket in a bin before you go through the metal detector.

• Remove laptop computers from their cases and place them in a bin.

• Keep other electronic equipment in your carry-on baggage.

Additional travel tips can be found online at, or mobile at You can also follow the organization on Twitter, @catsa_gc.

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