Airport Security

To assist passengers with traversing the airport’s security, the following information may be valuable.


 

3-1-1 Liquids Rule

You are allowed to bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces or less per container. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables BIA Security Officers to screen them quickly.

3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.

Be prepared. Each time a BIA Security Officer stops to physically screen a carry-on bag, it slows down the line. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule will facilitate the checkpoint experience.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. BIA Security Officers may need to open them for additional screening.

If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in checked baggage.


Prohibited Items List

The following articles are prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft and in security restricted areas for security reasons:

  • Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles designed to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, or capable of being mistaken for such devices, including firearms of all types, including pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns;
  • toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons;
  • component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights;
  • compressed air and carbon dioxide guns, including pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns;
  • signal flare pistols and starter pistols;
  • bows, crossbows and arrows;
  • harpoon guns and spear guns;
  • slingshots and catapults;
  • stunning devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize, including devices for shocking, such as stun guns and stun batons, animal stunners and animal killers;
  • disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper or capsicum sprays, acid sprays, animal repellent sprays, and tear gas;
  • objects with sharp points or sharp edges capable of being used to cause serious injury, including items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers, ice axes and ice picks;
  • razor blades and box cutters;
  • knives with blades of more than 6 cm;
  • scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum;
  • martial arts equipment with sharp points or sharp edges;
  • swords and sabres;
  • workers’ tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including crowbars, drills and drill bits, cordless portable power drills;
  • tools with blades or shafts more than 6 cm capable of use as weapons, such as screwdrivers and chisels;
  • saws, including cordless portable power saws;
  • blowtorches;
  • bolt guns and nail guns;
  • blunt instruments capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including baseball and softball bats, clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks;
  • martial arts equipment;
  • explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or threatening the safety of aircraft, including ammunition, blasting caps, detonators, and fuses;
  • replica or imitation explosive devices;
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores;
  • pyrotechnics, including fireworks, smoke-generating canisters or cartridges, and dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives;
  • lags as specified in the guidance material for security controls of lags.

Explosive or incendiary substances or devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or threatening the safety of aircraft are prohibited in the hold of an aircraft for safety reasons, including the following (rules granting exemptions under defined circumstances may exist):

  • With the approval of the operator, certain cartridges may be permitted for transport in hold baggage under conditions specified in part 8, chapter 1, 1.1.2, of the technical instructions for the safe transport of dangerous goods by air (doc 9284);
  • blasting caps;
  • detonators and fuses;
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores;
  • pyrotechnics, including fireworks;
  • smoke-generating canisters or cartridges;
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.