Enhanced security measures on flights departing Canada to the U.S.

Travelling with a personal electronic device bigger than a smartphone? Here is what you need to know about security.

On July 19, 2017 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Transport Canada will implement enhanced security measures for all flights departing Canada. Additional measures will be implemented for all flights bound for the United States.

The new security measures will include enhanced overall screening at departure airports, heightened inspection of personal electronic devices including tablets and laptops and increased security protocols at departure airports.  This may affect the time it takes to get through security and board your flight.

If you’re flying to the U.S. we strongly encourage you to arrive at the airport a minimum of two hours prior to your scheduled departure, to allow for additional screening time and ensure you don’t miss your flight. We also ask that guests:

  • Please allow for additional time to get through security.
  • Remove your personal electronic device from its case prior to entering the security line. This is a recommendation for all flights departing Canada. 

WestJet will do our best to help minimize the impacts on our operations for our guests and appreciate your patience and understanding while these new measures are implemented.

For more information please visit CATSA’s security screening page or the Department of Homeland Security fact sheet.