Check-in and baggage cut-off times
We don’t want you to miss out on your Swoop travel experience, but we cannot delay flights for late-comers. Please be aware of these firmly enforced cut-off times to avoid disappointment:
Check-in / baggage drop: Closes 45 minutes prior to departure
Oversized / Overweight baggage drop: Closes 90 minutes prior to departure
Boarding: Closes 15 minutes prior to departure
Travellers who fail to meet these cut-off requirements will be denied travel or baggage acceptance, with no exceptions. If you miss your flight, you'll be out of pocket for your airfare and fees, as well as any costs of rebooking.
Please keep in mind that these recommendations are minimums. Airport and security procedures often take much longer to complete, so please give yourself adequate time. Swoop is not responsible for missed flights, transfers, or any portion of onward travel due to late arrival at the gate.
Don't let missing travel documents stop your plans short. If you do not have proper documentation for you or your children, you will not be allowed to board your flight.
Travellers of all ages require identification that matches the name and spelling on their ticket. You are responsible for making sure that you, and any child travelling with you, have the proper identification and travel documentation required to enter or connect through each country on your itinerary. Please consult with the nearest embassy or consulate of each country you plan to visit.
Travel within Canada
Identification must be presented during boarding at the gate and the name on the ID must match the name on the boarding pass. Also, Transport Canada requires every traveller 18 years of age and older to present original identification to board a domestic flight. A photocopy is NOT accepted.
Adults 18 years of age or older
One piece of valid (not expired) Canadian government-issued photo ID that includes name and date of birth.
Two pieces of valid (not expired) Canadian government-issued non-photo ID (one of which must show name and date of birth). The names on the two pieces of ID must match. If the last names do not match due to a name change, you must present a marriage certificate or legal change of name certificate to verify the change.
If you have no Canadian government-issued photo ID you can use a passport, Nexus card, US permanent resident card or US enhanced driver's license, or international travel document like Laissez-Passer.
Expired licences, or accreditation documents e.g. "tradesman certificate" will not be accepted for air travel. Provincial regulations may differ for expired drivers licences, but Transport Canada mandates all identification be current (non-expired).
Infants (under two years of age)
Proof of age is required. If you do not have proof of age, you will be required to purchase a seat for your infant. A photocopy is acceptable.
All children must be accompanied by an adult on Swoop operated flights until they reach their twelfth birthday. We strongly recommend that all children travel with one piece of government-issued identification.
Children travelling alone (12-17 years of age)
Your child may be denied boarding if they appear to be less than 12 years of age and are not able to present proof of age. We strongly recommend that all children travel with one piece of government-issued identification.
Acceptable pieces of government-issued photo identification for domestic travel
Alberta Registries - Identification Card
BC Enhanced Identity Card, BCID, BC Services Card
Canadian Certificate of Identity
Canadian Citizenship Card
Canadian Emergency Travel Document
Canadian Military Identification
Canadian Permanent Residence document
Canadian Refugee Claimant Document ###
Certificate of Indian Status
Citizenship and Immigration Canada Single Journey Travel Document
Department of Community Government and Transportation of the Territory of Nunavut - General Identification Card
Department of Government Services and Lands of the Province of NFLD - Identification Card
Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations - Identification Card
Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal of the Province of PEI - Voluntary ID
Department of Transportation of the NWT Temporary Driver’s Licence##/General Identification Card
Driver's Licence (including enhanced)* issued in Canada only
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia - Enhanced Identity Card
Manitoba Public Insurance Identification Card
Nexus card (not expired)
Ontario Photo Card
Permanent Resident Card
Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC)
Saskatchewan Government Insurance - Identity Card
Service New Brunswick - Photo ID Card
Transport Canada Aviation Document Booklet
Travel Visa (within Passport)
Trusted Traveller Card (NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI, FAST)
U.S. Passport Card
Yukon General Identification Card
*If the driver's licence is expired but accompanied with a paper temporary extension, it is considered valid and accepted for travel.
**If the incarceration form/ID does not contain a photo, a supplementary document must be presented with it.
***If the issuing country cuts the corner off or punches a hole through a passport before it expires, it can only be used as photo ID to board a domestic flight, not for non-domestic travel.
##A NWT Temporary Driver’s licence is accepted as a single form of valid photo ID.
###When used for travel within Canada, the "not valid for travel" caveat is not applicable.
Acceptable secondary pieces of government-issued non-photo identification
Canadian Citizenship Certificate
Canadian Military ID*
Government Employee ID*
Health Card (Including BC Care Card)
Industry Canada Certificate of Proficiency in Radio
Old Age Security (OAS) Card
Provincial Investigative/Security Services Licence
Record of Landing Form
Social Insurance Number (SIN) card***
Temporary Driver's Licence or Identification Card
COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
*Canadian military identification that does not contain gender or expiry date can only be used as a second piece of ID to support a non-photo ID containing name, date of birth and gender.
**Federal Police and Government Employee ID can only be used as a second piece of ID to support a non-photo ID containing name, date of birth and gender.
***A SIN letter is not accepted. A SIN card stating "Not valid as identification" is not accepted.
****Proof of vaccination may be printed or displayed digitally (e.g.,on a mobile device).
Requirements of government authorities
Lost or stolen passports
If your passport has been lost or stolen, contact the consulate/embassy of your issuing country immediately. Canadians can report a lost or stolen passport to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate. Passports located or turned in to a Swoop representative will be returned to the originating country.
We want you to get through security as quickly as possible. Have a look at the following points so your trip through will be smooth and easy.
Checked baggage containing items that are prohibited on board an aircraft may be opened by authorized security screeners for further inspection.
If further inspection is required, travellers departing a Canadian airport may be contacted by security to be present during the inspection of their baggage.
Reviewing restricted items will help in expediting the checked baggage screening process and will minimize the potential that you or your baggage will be delayed.
What is TSA Pre✓™?
You can now use TSA Pre✓™ on Swoop flights. TSA PreCheck is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) risk-based security initiative. TSA Pre✓™ lets experienced, low-risk travellers travel easily and more efficiently through the security screening process when flying through our U.S. airports.
Who is eligible for TSA Pre✓™:
Canadian citizen with a NEXUS membership.
Foreign citizen with a membership to Global Entry and not registered as a U.S. lawful permanent resident.
U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or Lawful Permanent Resident with a membership to the TSA Pre✓™ application program.
U.S. citizen who has a Known Traveller Number (KTN).
Member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard.
U.S. citizen who is a member of either Global Entry, SENTRI, and/or NEXUS.
What are the benefits of getting TSA Pre✓™?
The TSA Pre✓™ Experience:
Get through security screening faster.
Skip the line by accessing the TSA Pre✓™ lane.
Get an improved screening experience with no removal of:
Compliant liquid bag
Find more information on TSA Pre✓™ here.
Permitted carry-on items:
Liquids, gels or aerosols in containers 100 ml/100 g (3.4 oz.) or less. These containers MUST be placed in one (1) clear, closed and resealable plastic bag no larger than one litre (one quart). One plastic bag is permitted per traveller.
Duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels containing more than 100 ml are permitted as long as they are carried in a duty-free issued Secure Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB). Travellers with transfers should be aware that the security bags are valid for a maximum of 48 hours. Purchases must be accompanied by a receipt and the security bag must not be tampered with or opened prior to going through security at a transfer airport. Although, Canada, United States, and the European Union countries will accept the Secure Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB) for transfers, not all airports in other countries do. Travellers with transfers in other countries may still be asked to place their duty free in checked baggage or risk having the item confiscated.
Unsealed, open or opaque plastic bags of any size with liquids, gels or aerosols in containers of any size. Liquids, gels or aerosols in containers larger than 100 ml/100 g (3.4 oz.) in unapproved containers or packaging.
Items exempt from restrictions (these items must be declared to security screeners):
Baby formula, baby food, and milk for travellers with children less than two years old, and prescription and essential non-prescription medicines. These items do not require a plastic bag, but may require additional screening.
For more information on these or other Government of Canada security requirements, please visit www.tc.gc.ca or www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca or phone 1-888-294-2202.