Canada continues carry-on ban for U.S.-bound flights

Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SEATTLE - If you're planning a ski trip or other travel to Canada soon, be aware that the Canadian government continues to restrict carry-on luggage on flights into the United States.

Passengers flying into the United States are not allowed to bring any carry-on bags into the cabin. The exceptions are medical devices, small purses, laptops, items needed for infant care, musical instruments and diplomatic consular bags. Passengers traveling to or within Canada are still permitted two carry-on bags.

"These rules will be strictly enforced," the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said on its Web site. "There will be no flexibility." Details are at www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca.

Officials said the measures are still temporary in order to prevent delays caused by extra security searches due to the Christmas Day terrorist incident on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. No information was available on how long the restrictions will continue.

Alaska Airlines is waiving baggage fees for items checked as baggage that otherwise would have been carried on board the plane on flights from Canada. Air Canada is allowing U.S-bound customers to check one additional item of baggage within the allowable size and weight limit at no extra charge.



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