WestJet has announced that enhanced security screening measures in place at Canadian airports since December 25th, 2009, will remain in effect at least until January 4th, 2010.
The airline made the announcement in cooperation with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Transport Canada and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).
All passengers on flights bound for the United States until January 4th will continue to be subject to a secondary search, including a physical pat-down search and a hand-search of carry-on baggage, which is restricted.
Guests are advised that all carry-on baggage is prohibited on U.S.-bound flights, with the exception of certain items. The CATSA site currently lists the following acceptable carry-on items, 'small purses, cameras, coats, items for care of infants, laptop computers, diplomatic or consular bags, crutches, canes, walkers, containers carrying life sustaining items, medication or medical devices, musical instruments, or any special needs items”.
The enhanced security screening procedures may continue to result in delayed departures and cancellations. All guests are being advised to arrive at the airport for trans-border departures three hours before their scheduled flight time.
For more information, go to www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca