Canada Travel by Air
Air travel in Canada requires preparation and understanding of the rules and regulations so to avoid any unnecessary delays at the airports. Every province and territory in Canada has a major airport. Most communities have access to a regional airport. And some remote destinations maintain an air strip. The 5 busiest major airports in passenger travel in Canada are located in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton.
All air travel in Canada requires some level of identification. For domestic flights government issued identification is accepted only. Identification requested is either, one piece of ID with a picture or two pieces of ID with no no picture. For international travel we would recommend a valid passport so to minimize any delays and any unnecessary inconveniences.
No Fly Items
When flying out of or into Canada there are items which are not permitted to be in your luggage or with your carry ons. Items which have restrictions in Canada include gels, bottled liquids and aerosols. Obvious items which are not permitted on Canadian passenger airliners include all types of drugs and weapons plus items like scissors and knives. To obtain a complete list of "no fly items" please contact the nearest Canadian airport or go online for a current list.
In many major airports in Canada security is tight. There are video cameras and police patrols in most major airports. Prior to boarding any plane leaving Canada all travelers must pass through security gates and be processed. Random physical searches are also conducted by airports at anytime. Also travelers arriving in Canada on international flights must go through Canada Customs and their screening processes.
Travelers should arrive at airports 2 - 3 hours prior to their boarding time. This enables plenty of time for flight delays, luggage check-in, security checks and boarding procedures.
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