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Seniors can go through airport security stress-free

(NC) For many seniors, the arrival of winter means a departure for warmer climates. Or visits to see family. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) offers some tips to help you breeze through security at the airport as you start on your trip to the sun.

Keep the 100 mL restrictions in mind. Bring containers of non-solid food, beverages or personal care products that are 100 mL or less, in carry-on baggage. Place them in a one-litre clear and resealable plastic bag. The bag needs to be taken out and put in a bin for screening. Pack containers that are more than 100 mL in checked baggage.

Pack medication in your carry-on baggage. Prescription and essential non-prescription medicines are exempt from the 100 mL limit. It includes cough syrup, decongestant spray and contact lens solution. Pills and vitamins can be kept in a day-by-day pill separator. Although not necessary, passengers may also bring supporting documentation (a doctor’s note) to present to the screening officer during the inspection.

Wear easy-to-remove outerwear. Outerwear that can be removed and placed in the bins quickly will save you time. To prevent setting off the metal detector, avoid wearing belts with large buckles. Also clothing with metal snaps, buttons or studs. Limit jewellery to small earrings, watches and rings.

Leave gifts unwrapped, if you are travelling with gifts. For inspection purposes, leave them unwrapped.

Look for the family/special needs lane.

If you need assistance, look for this particular lane. It has more extensive screening equipment to accommodate items like mobility aids. Screening officers are available to assist passengers who need more time or help during screening.

You can check CATSA’s website or mobile app for additional information.

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