Passenger safety and security are a top priority at Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) and the over 30 commercial airlines and charters that operate at the airport. YMM also understands vigilant security does not need to come at a cost to excellent customer service and remains committed to providing passengers a comfortable, memorable airport experience.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is responsible for the screening of passengers and personnel and their belongings for travel.

Transport Canada is responsible for the safety and security of travellers on the ground and in the air. It also sets and enforces the standards for airports and airport operations.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is responsible for policing YMM.

NOTICE: Transport Canada bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from all aircraft

To protect Canadian passengers and flight crews, Transport Canada issued a Notice to Airmen on October 14, 2016 advising airlines and air operators that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are no longer allowed in any aircraft effective immediately. This safety measure applies to both carry-on and checked baggage on flights within Canada and is in compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Safety and security of our passengers and our partners is our first priority. Thank you for your understanding. For more information, please visit


Security Process

What to expect at the pre-board screening checkpoint:

  • Present your boarding pass or e-ticket, and appropriate identification to the pre-board screening officer.
  • Disclose any personal needs you may have due to a medical condition, disability, religious or cultural consideration, or other special needs.
  • Have electronic devices out of their carrying cases and ready for inspection (i.e. laptop computers, cameras, cell phones) and placed in a plastic bin.
  • Place carry-on items (i.e. purse, coat, hat) in the plastic bin provided.
  • All loose and metal objects, including coins and keys must also be placed in the plastic bin.
  • Proceed through the metal detector archway when the screening officer signals you to do so.
  • If you are selected for an additional physical search, you may request a private search area.
  • Remember to take all of your belongings with you when leaving the pre-board screening checkpoint area.

You do not need to remove your shoes during pre-board screening unless you are travelling to the U.S.
Children under 12 years travelling directly to the US also are not required to remove their shoes.
For more information please visit phone 1-888-294-2202.

Travelling to the U.S. 

For non-stop travel to the U.S. it is recommended that passengers arrive no later and one hour and a half prior to their flight's scheduled departure time to allow for any delays at check-in, security screening as well as the clearance process. Please confirm recommended and required check-in times with your airline directly.

Coming Back to Canada

Information courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

What can I bring back in to Canada?

When you return to Canada, duties and taxes are applicable on all purchases unless you qualify for a personal exemption.  Personal exemptions allow you to bring goods of a certain value into the country without paying the regular duties. If you have been outside Canada for:

  • 24 hours or more, you can bring in CAN$200 worth of goods free of duty and tax; if the goods you bring in are worth more than CAN$200 in total, you cannot claim this exemption. Instead you have to pay full applicable duties and taxes on all goods you bring in.
  • 48 hours or more, you can bring in CAN$800 worth of goods free of duty and tax;
  • 7 days or more, you can bring in CAN$800 worth of goods free of duty and tax. Goods may be in your possession at time of entry to Canada but are also permitted to follow entry to Canada (via courier, mail or delivery agency).

For more information please contact Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.

What is prohibited from being brought back in to Canada?

There are some products that are prohibited in Canada and subject to being detained at the Canadian border. Others may need to meet Canadian safety requirements in order to be allowed into Canada. Please see a list of a few products that may be subject to being detained at the Canadian Border below:

  • Baby walkers;
  • Infant self-feeding devices - structural devices to position feeding bottles, which allow babies to feed themselves while unattended;
  • Yoyo balls - pose a risk of strangulation;
  • Balloon blowing kits - that contain a poisonous organic solvent;
  • Re-light candles - candles that re-light spontaneously once extinguished;
  • Jequirity beans - including items containing these poisonous beans;
  • Lawn darts with elongated tips.

For more information please contact Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999 or see the following link: