MONTREAL -- Air Canada passengers connecting to flights to the U.S. through Toronto's Pearson airport no longer have to retrieve their checked bags for U.S. customs inspection.

The airline (TSX:AC.B) says a new system will automatically send travellers' checked baggage to connecting flights.

Passengers previously had been required to collect their checked baggage before clearing U.S. customs.

Air Canada operates up to 355 departures a day from Pearson, with approximately half of its customers making connections through Toronto.

The airline has up to 148 scheduled flights each day to 51 U.S. cities from its hub in Toronto.