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Best Canadian Airport Security Catches…and Biggest Fails


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To bolster Canadians’ confidence in air travel, CATSA recently issued a press release tooting its own horn, pinpointing its top security catches of 2011. We countered that with a few not-so-impressive misses of the past year.

To be fair, though, not all of them can be attributed to CATSA. And happily, we found nothing in recent Canadian history quite as shocking as the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s failure to notice an undeclared, loaded .38-calibur handgun in December (discovered by airline crew only after it fell out of a duffel bag being loaded onto a plane).

5 Best Security Catches

  • 200 grams of cocaine and 2 kilograms of marijuana discovered in a passenger’s knee brace at Toronto’s Pearson Airport
  • 9 mm replica handgun found concealed in aluminum cans in a soft drink case in checked baggage at Toronto’s Pearson Airport
  • a grenade was caught at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport; passenger wasn’t sure if it was live or inert (it turned out to be inert)
  • 9 mm Smith and Wesson and two full gun clips confiscated at Calgary International
  • opium uncovered, concealed inside a printer at Vancouver International

5 Biggest Security Fails

Not sure what’s allowed on flights? (Piñatas are a grey area, by the way.) Consult CATSA’s What to Pack chart online.

More: 25 Surprising Items Allowed on Planes

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