Security & Screening

What to Expect

In compliance with regulations set out by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), Nanaimo Airport has a number of required security and screening procedures in place for your safety. Below is information on what you can expect before boarding your flight.

Passenger pre-board screening

  • All passengers require a pre-board screening before going to their gate for departure.
  • YVR has security checkpoints in the Domestic, International and South Terminals.
  • Passengers should follow signs to their assigned gate for the closest security checkpoint.
  • Learn more about the pre-board screening process on CATSA’s website.
  • You may be subject to spot check inspections within the gate lounge areas.
  • CBSA officers and their dogs are on regular patrol.
  • Learn more about the new Cannabis Rules and Regulations

Pack smart

To help ensure security and speed up the pre-board screening process, plan ahead and learn about what to pack and how to pack to make your trip go smoothly.

Liquids, gels and aerosols

  • Containers must be 100ml or less and fit in a clear, 1L bag. Items purchased from an airline or airport retailer and properly sealed in official security bags and accompanied by a receipt will also be accepted.
  • Learn more about packing liquids including exemptions.

Permitted and non-permitted items

Find a complete list of items permitted and non-permitted in checked and carry-on baggage.

Dangerous goods

Learn about goods considered dangerous and not allowed in checked or carry-on baggage.


If you have comments or questions for CATSA:

Call CATSA at 1.888.294.2202.

Contact CATSA via their website.