Carry-on baggage is a small piece
of luggage you take onboard the airplane with you. You are allowed one carry-on in
addition to one personal item such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase,
or camera case.
- Security staff will screen any
"Carry-on" baggage that will fit through the x-ray machine. However, it is up to
each individual air carrier as to whether the baggage fits the size restrictions for your
flight. Please check with the air carrier prior to proceeding through the security
- LABEL your laptop computer.
Tape a business card or other identifying information beneath your laptop to avoid
loss or the accidental "exchange" by travellers.
Checked Baggage is luggage you check in at
the ticket counter or at curbside. It will not be accessible during your flight.
Below are a number of tips
for packing your checked baggage that will help to speed your trip and ensure
that your checked bag makes the flight with you:
- Don't put film in your checked baggage, as
the screening equipment will damage it.
- Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other
footwear on top of other contents in your luggage.
- Avoid over-packing your bag so that the
screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection. If
possible, spread your contents over several bags. Check with your airline or travel
agent for maximum weight limitations.
- Avoid packing food and drink items in checked
- Don't stack piles of books or documents on
top of each other; spread them out within your baggage.
The following general
packing tips apply to both carry-on and checked baggage and will help you
to move through the screening process more quickly:
- Do NOT pack or bring prohibited items to the
airport. See permitted and prohibited items list.
- Put all undeveloped film and cameras with
film in your carry-on baggage. If your bag will pass through the X-ray machine more than 5
times ask for a hand inspection to prevent damage.
- Check ahead of time with your airline or
travel agent to determine the airline's baggage policy, including number of pieces you can
bring and size and weight limitations.
- Carry-on baggage is limited to one carry-on
bag plus one personal item. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks,
briefcases, or camera cases. Remember, 1+1.
- Don't forget to place identification tags
with your name, address and phone number on all of your baggage, including your laptop
computer. It is a good idea to place an identification tag inside your baggage as well.
- Avoid overpacking so that your articles don't
spill out if your bag is opened for inspection.
- Think carefully about the personal items you
place in your carry-on baggage. The screeners may have to open your bag and examine its
- Consider putting personal belongings in clear
plastic bags to reduce the chance that a screener
will have to handle them.
- Wait to wrap your gifts. Be aware that
wrapped gifts may need to be opened for inspection. This applies to both carry-on
and checked baggage.