5 family friendly tips to breeze through airport security

If stress-free airport screening is on your wish list this winter, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has some tips to help you and your family breeze through security.

1. Keep the liquid restrictions in mind. Liquids, gels and aerosols in containers over 100 mL must be packed in checked baggage. Amounts equal or les than this can be packed in carry-on baggage as long as they fit in a one-litre clear and resealable plastic bag (one bag per passenger). These restrictions apply to personal products, beverages and non-solid foods like peanut butter, maple syrup, yogurt and pudding. Beverages and food for children under the age of two, such as milk, formula, juice and purées, are exempt from the restrictions. These items need to be inspected separately so pack them where they can be easily removed from your carry-on.

2. Keep electronics in your carry-on. Smart phones, tablets and handheld video games are an easy way to keep your children occupied at the airport and on the plane. Leave these devices in your carry-on bag and put your bag in the bin for screening. Make sure they are charged and that any protective cases can be easily removed if additional screening is required.

3. Choose easy-to-remove outerwear. Make sure that your children's jackets, hats and mittens can be easily removed so these items can be quickly placed in the bins for screening.

4. Look for the family/special needs lane. This screening lane can accommodate larger items, such as strollers and car seats. Screening officers stationed here can provide additional help if your family requires assistance. Have all family members' boarding passes ready for inspection.

5. Leave gifts unwrapped. If you're travelling with presents, leave them unwrapped in case they need to be inspected.

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