Please make sure to consult the Increased Security Measures implemented by North American and European authorities that override any Air Transat regulations.
Here are some helpful hints to make sure that your luggage and its contents arrive at your destination in tiptop shape.
Type of luggage
For your checked baggage, use luggage with rollers or casters, making it easier to transport. Retractable rollers are better since they won't be pulled off. Use luggage with removable straps since straps can get caught on conveyor belts and break or damage your luggage. Make sure your luggage has a lock that doesn't dangle too much as it too is prone to catching and ripping.
Marking your luggage
Each piece of baggage must have a name tag with the passenger’s current address, contact phone number and an e-mail address if possible. Increasingly, cell phones can work anywhere in the world; so adding your cell phone number may be a good idea if you carry the phone with you. We also recommend that you insert personal identification (for example, a business card) inside your luggage and that you mark your travel dates on the tags.
Keeping items neat in your luggage
Articles accepted and prohibited as part of your carry-on baggage
To find out what you can bring, baggage weight and dimensions, please visit our what you can bring page. Please note that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has been appointed by the Canadian government to protect the public travelling by air transportation. To ensure that you have not packed any prohibited items, please consult their web site www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca.
Also, to accelerate the process at security check points, we recommend that you reduce the number and size of carry-on baggage. Make sure that your electronic devices are in good working order; for safety reasons, you may be asked to demonstrate their operating capability. If you are carrying gifts, wait until you have arrived at your destination before wrapping them, as security personnel may request to inspect them.
Protecting your film by packing it in your carry-on baggage
New screening equipment requires camera film to be put in carry-on luggage. The best protection for your film is to buy it once you arrive and develop it there before you return. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has deployed and will continue to deploy new screening equipment for checked baggage at Canadian airports. This new equipment will damage camera film. Digital disks, however, will not be affected by this new equipment.
The equipment used at pre-board screening (PBS) areas will not damage film under 800 ISO/ASA. Most amateur photographers use film in the 100-400 ISO/ASA range. However, multiple exposures (more than 5 times) of the same roll of film to PBS x-ray inspection may cause damage. If passengers are concerned about their film, even when they have placed it in their carry-on baggage, they may request a hand search at the PBS area.
This new screening equipment is consistent with the types of equipment being deployed across the United States and around the world.
Passengers may consult the CATSA website at www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca for more information. (Source: Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)).