Essential tips for essential travel

Airplane seats waiting and ready for boarding

Not everyone is ready to get back in the air, but many people still have trips they need to take. Travel is slowly increasing with essential travel leading the way. If you’re in that boat (or plane, actually) there are some things you should know before you go, i.e. essential tips for essential travel.

Most importantly, you should know that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has instituted several measures to ensure your security screening experience is as safe and secure as possible.

Wear A Face Covering

People travelling by plane from and within Canada need to bring their face covering. Face coverings need to cover the nose and mouth, be made of at least two layers of tightly-woven fabric (such as cotton or linen) and secured to the head. (Check out Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidelines, including instructions on how to make your mask.)

Use Hand Sanitizer When Out and About

At major airports, hand sanitizing units have been placed by the checkpoints to be used by the public. You can also have one bottle of hand sanitizer up to 355 mL in your carry-on – that is in addition to the 100 mL bottles that fall under the usual liquids’ restrictions. Keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading.

Screening Checkpoint at Security

Temperature screening at an airport in Canada

If you’re flying out of one of Canada’s 15 busiest airports, you’ll have your temperature checked when you arrive at the screening checkpoint. You will not be permitted to proceed through screening if your temperature, after two separate tests, is at or above 38⁰C. Note that if you exhibit symptoms of illness such as a cough or difficulty breathing, you will be required to leave the checkpoint.

While in the queue and the screening checkpoint, you must keep two metres between yourself and other passengers. Hold on to your own electronic or printed boarding pass or other documents of entitlement while they are scanned.

Travel Safely

Travel myths abound but the facts are the facts. Aviation is an essential service, ensuring people and goods get to where they need to go, and CATSA has taken every step possible to ensure this happens safely. You can go to their website for more information, or you can download their app for Android or iOS.

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16 thoughts on “Essential tips for essential travel

  1. I’m not traveling yet, but the advice and tips you’ve included are really useful — it’s a new way of having to think about how we move about now and I think everyone should be aware of how things have to adapt. Thanks for sharing the info!

  2. I’m not travelling too far from home at the minute as it’s not essential, but I understand that some travel is essential and does require people to fly. These tips are super important though and are relevant for anyone who is going out and about their day. Of course, we can’t all sit at home and do nothing, we have to live our life, but just do it safely. Great post!

  3. aspoonfulofvanilla

    These are all great advice and tips. I don’t have any holidays booked until next year so won’t be flying for a little while yet.

  4. This is all very helpful and useful information for when people are thinking or have travelling plans. I think for the moment I will not be travelling anywhere which is a shame as this year I had such high hopes for holidays.

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