Travel to Vancouver: Airport Delays Due to Staff Shortage

Travelers are warned to expect long lines at Vancouver International Airport due to a shortage of security screening personnel.

According to an article published Friday on the airport’s website, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is experiencing “an ongoing staff shortage” which is resulting in “long lines and long delays in processing passengers “.

Anyone with a domestic flight is encouraged to arrive at least two hours before departure. Those flying to the United States or any other international destination must arrive three hours early.

“We want you to be prepared. So we are going to share very honestly what it is like to travel through the airport now. The truth? There will be queues. You will need to be patient and may need to wait,” the website said.

“Please don’t come to the airport an hour before your flight takes off.”

The airport authority is asking people to help make travel through security as smooth as possible by remembering and respecting the 100 milliliter limit on liquids and having documents – including proof of vaccinations – ready .

Although masks are no longer required in indoor spaces in British Columbia, the airport falls under federal jurisdiction and face coverings are still required.

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