Airport Security Lines at an aiport in the United States

Airport Security [Public Domain]

In January 2014, Transport Canada Civil Aviation and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority will join the US, Australian and many European countries in testing a new type of airport security screening device, which will allow agents to tell the difference between types of gels, liquids and other containers. The state of the art machines will be able to detect the differences between water, toothpaste, hair gel, baby formula or food, and any other liquids you might normally want to carry on to a plane. If the machines perform as expected, participating countries may see a reduction in the restrictions for air travelers. This would mean that Canadians would now be allowed to travel with more than just 100ml sized bottles of any of the following products:

Food Personal Items

Personal Items


Medical items

Household Items

and Tools

Sports and Camping
Beverages Aerosol deordorant Make-up remover Creams Aerosol spray bottles Aerosol spray bottles
Cheese Aerosol spray bottles Moisturizer Gel packs Aerosol spray cans Aerosol spray cans
Chocolate spread Aerosol spray cans Mouth moisturizer Ice packs Gel packs Gel packs
Condiments After-shave Mouthwash Inhalers Ice packs Ice packs
Duty free alchohol Bath moisturizers Nail polish Liquid sanitizers Snow globes Insect repellant
Duty free aerosol or gel products Bath oils Nail polish remover Lotion Stain removers Liquid Sanitizers
Energy drinks Bubble bath Perfume Vitamins Watercolour paints Liquid soap
Gelatin or food gels Cologne Shampoo      
Gel-based supplements Conditioner Shaving cream      
Jellies Creams Shoe polish      
Maple spread Facial cleansers Stain removers      
Maple syrup Gel deordorant Sunscreen      
Peanut butter Hair detangler Sun-tan lotion      
Pudding Hair straightener Toothpaste      
Sauces Hair styling fibre        
Soups Hair styling gel        
Spreadable cheese Hair styling paste        
Water Hair styling spray        
Whipped cream Insect repellant        
Yogurt Lipstick, balm, gel or gloss        
  Liquid foundations        
  Liquid mascara        
  Liquid sanitizer        
  Liquid soap        

However, the machines are still at the testing phase and it is unlikely these restrictions will be relaxed any time soon. In fact, the Canadian government has not even made an official announcement regarding the usage of the machines. However, the government has applied to the International Civil Aviation Organization for permission to use the machines, along with the governments of Australia, the United States and many European Union countries. The European countries have already announced the use of the machines in January 2014.

Provided the machines work as expected, travelers can hope that restrictions on the above materials will be relaxed or even removed by as early as 2016.


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