I just returned from a trip to the west coast and felt I should warn any other travellers unfortunate enough to travel out of Nanaimo BC airport (YCD).
I travelled from YYZ the week earlier with my family, which included a 16 month baby. I breezed through security at YYZ with baby food, milk, and juice without any hint of an issue....The return trip out of YCD was the epitome of security over zealots demonstrating their egos.
YCD handles nothing bigger than Dash 8's, but every piece of luggage is X-rayed, which I can tolerate...but what got my ire up was the fact that they would not let me take my babies juice bottles on board because they didn't constitute food. But I could travel with the kids metal fork and spoon set. I had the choice of pouring out the bottles or loosing them. They would not listen to or read the new regulations on liquids.
The security at YCD is CATSA which has promptly contracted the service out to the private company GARDA. This was an unprofessional example of airport security. Air Canada Jazz employees spoke with me after and expressed there continued dissatisfaction with the crew as they are the recepients of the initial complaints...
Moral of the story...beware of the security gods at YCD