I finally received an answer from CATSA on the interpretation of the latest flight security regulations. Interesting to note that they have now assigned a size to the definition of a “small purse”:

“Dear Sir:

On behalf of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), we thank you for your e-mail dated January 04, 2010, in which you enquired about the application of carry-on restrictions.

Current security measures stipulate that passengers are permitted to transport personal items such as small purses and laptop computers as carry-on. Purses that are 25 cm x 30 cm x 14 cm or less will be permitted through the screening checkpoint.  Briefcases are not permitted at the moment.

With respect to your personal documents and small electronic devices, you can carry those in a small purse.  A laptop may be carried in an appropriate laptop bag i.e. neoprene sleeve however in order to present this bag at the screening checkpoint, a computer must be in the case.

Further information regarding these measures is available at the following URL:

We thank you for your feedback and wish you a safe and enjoyable flight”.

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