Canadian travellers bound for the U.S. will continue to face beefed-up security measures at airports across the country on Tuesday including new strict restrictions on carry-on luggage.
The RCMP and local police officers have already been dispatched to airports in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton to help in the screening process and ease the lineup congestion that has resulted following an in-flight bombing attempt on Christmas Day on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit.
Transport Canada has said it authorized the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to use RCMP and local police officers to assist with some procedures specific to the screening process "to alleviate the immediate pressures at the security checkpoint."
Passengers face pat-down screenings at security checks and are now barred from bringing any carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights, with some key exceptions.
The federal department said that all the new security measures are temporary but will last at least "several days."
Despite long lineups over the weekend in the wake of the thwarted bombing attempt, the backlog appeared to ease on Monday at some Canadian airports.
But Transport Canada warned passengers should continue to expect delays and to arrive three hours in advance of their scheduled flights.
Carry-on items allowed on board
Medication or medical devices, including crutches, canes, walkers and containers carrying life-sustaining items.
Small purses and coats.
Items for care of infants.
Cameras, laptop computers and musical instruments.
Diplomatic or consular bags.
Other special needs items.