13 Unexpected Things You Can Bring on a Plane in Canada
Packing a carry-on bag has never been so difficult – or stressful. Let the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) calm your carry-on confusion. Here’s a surprising look at the things you can bring on an airplane in Canada.
Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Ice Skates
Despite their sharp blades, CATSA allows ice skates to be stowed within Canadian carry-on baggage. Just be sure to pack them carefully so they don’t harm your other belongings, or accidentally slice a fellow passenger. Is it any surprise that a hockey-loving nation includes these as things you can bring on a plane in Canada?
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Fishing Pole
Sorry, Nemo. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority says that fishing poles are also things you can bring on a plane in Canada. While most rods can accompany passengers on board, different airline carriers have specific rules pertaining to packing a fishing rod, so always call your airline for their interpretation of this rule before you head to the airport.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Dry Ice
Magicians or musicians hoping to bring a little extra ambience to their world travels will be happy to hear that dry ice is allowed in the cabin provided certain directives are followed: the amount of dry ice cannot exceed 2.5 kg per person, its container must be configured to allow the release of carbon dioxide gas, and it must be clearly marked with the words ‘DRY ICE, 2.5 kg.’ Even with CATSA’s green light, individual airlines have the final say as to whether or not dry ice can be brought on-board. Always check with your flight first before packing this mood enhancer. Who knew this cool item was something you can bring on a plane in Canada?
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Lighters
This seems odd, but yes, you can bring these onto a plane in Canada. Even though smoking is banned from all flights, CATSA gives permission for travellers to bring aboard disposable lighters – provided you limit your haul to just one per person.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks
Great news for crafty travellers who get chilled in-flight – knitting needles and crochet hooks are welcome items to carry on your plane in Canada. Stitch away the air-borne hours while creating a warm and cozy scarf for your journey.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Pinatas
Take the party with you! CATSA states that festive piñatas filled with candies and wee toys are permitted items you can bring on a plane. The sticks used to bash open these paper-maché party accessories, however, are not. Due to varying sizes of piñatas and their contents, CATSA advises travellers to consult with their airline before finalizing their carry-on packing plans.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Hard Cheese, Cakes, Meats, Cookies, Chips, Vegetables and Fruit
Hungry travellers rejoice! CATSA says that there are no carry-on volume restrictions for these food items you can bring on a plane. Liquid items such as yogurt, soup, pudding, peanut butter and maple syrup can join the feast on board too, provided they’re limited to 100ml (or smaller) portions.
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Things you can bring on a plane: Inflatable Sports Balls
Sports balls such as volleyball, basketball and soccer balls are items that can be packed within carry-on luggage on a Canadian airline. All inflatable sports balls should be deflated by at least 50 per cent to avoid in-flight damage to the ball.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Household Forks and Spoons
Say bon voyage to messy hands in-flight. Metal and plastic household forks and spoons can be brought along for your dining pleasure. Knives of all types are forbidden within carry-on bags, but can be packed in checked luggage. No word on whether sporks are included in things you can bring on your Canadian flight.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Snow Globes
The iconic holiday knickknack is on the no-fly list with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States, but here in Canada CATSA says that you can bring them on the plane inside your carry-on – as long as they’re tiny. Snow globes 100ml or smaller should be enclosed in a clear, resealable 1 litre-sized plastic bag. These baubles fall under the liquids classification, so remember to pop the bag into the airport’s x-ray bins when you stroll through security screening.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Scissors, Nail Files and Cuticle Cutters
In-flight hangnails, be gone. Small scissors, nail files and cuticle cutters are safe to bring on board in Canada. Scissor blades and pointed-tipped cuticle cutters measuring 6 cm or less (when measured from the tool’s joint to its tip) are okay. Larger-bladed implements must be stored inside checked luggage. Maintain that manicure with these ‘handy’ items you can bring on your flight in Canada.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Corkscrews
Fancy an in-flight tipple? Be properly equipped when wine cravings hit and pack your own corkscrew. CATSA says cheers to corkscrews in your carry-on – provided they don’t feature an attached knife. So don’t bottle up your excitement since you can bring these items on your next Canadian flight.
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Things you can bring on a plane in Canada: Parachute
Some passengers prefer to travel with a homey pillow or blanket to their seat, while others bring their own parachute. CATSA gives the on-board go ahead to parachutes, however, be smart and call your airline pre-flight to confirm their individual rules for stowing such items. Talk about the ultimate security blanket — would you bring one on the plane for your next Canadian flight?
For more information, please consult the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority:
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