The checks and scans for illegal or dangerous items required at aiports for passengers and baggage.

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Utili-key “knife” and airport inspection?

I own and carry a Swiss Tech Utili-Key 6-n-1 Multitool: I love it and carry it with me everywhere. My concern is: Would it be officially allowed in cabin (inside Schengen)? If not, what are the ...
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Air Travel with an Electric Arc Lighter

I have a rechargeable USB electric 'arc' lighter. It a similar model to the one shown here (sorry for the ebay link, best I can find and I can't find a picture of it working). When activated it ...
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International student and airport security - what should one expect?

I am traveling from Australia to the United States of America. I was told by my University admissions officials to expect some sort of questionnaire from the security officers about my purpose in ...
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Travelling with research equipment

I will be travelling to Japan from the US soon to conduct a three week research program with some colleagues. I would like to bring some of the fragile research equipment with me in my carry-on. The ...
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Will I pass through airport security screening wearing trousers and a jacket with metal zippers/buttons

I will be boarding on an international flight from Europe to USA. My outfit will consist of velvet pants and a jacket. Both these have a few metal zippers and buttons. Nothing fancy, though. Just ...
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Why do I need to buy a ticket to get into the secure half of a US airport?

I have read elsewhere that it is a common strategy to buy a cheap (as cheap as $20) ticket in order to get access to the secure half of an airport, for the purpose of meeting someone at the gate. If ...
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Why police didn't even block me once at the airport arrivals?

First of all, I'm not a terrorist or a drug courier. Starting in June 2012, I began flying from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO) for personal reasons. ...
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Why there is passport check at the check-in counter, immigration and even at the gate?

I was wondering, why there are passports check at the check-in counter, immigration and even at the gate. For example, I was at Istanbul flying to either UK or US. There's a security check at the ...
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Is ID needed from Sweden to Spain? [duplicate]

I am planning to travel from Sweden to Spain by plane. I lost my ID and waiting for replacement but I do not want to go over the hassle when boarding the plane. Would I need to show ID card knowing ...
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What is the duty-free allowance limit when purchasing electronics in Hong Kong? [closed]

I am planning to travel from UK to Hong Kong and buy there some electronics (either iPhone, iPad or Mac mini‎). Then I'm travel by air to Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and back to UK. ...
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Transferring in Copenhagen

This January I'm headed to Italy to study, and I will be transferring through Copenhagen. I wasn't thinking when I booked my tickets about having to potentially recheck luggage at the airport. Now I'm ...
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Bag wrapping at airports in USA

I have been told that foreign travelers are banned from having their bags plastic wrapped when going through security at a US airport? Is this true?
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If I don't declare a not-yet-used engagement ring at airport security, am I smuggling jewelry?

In How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?, MikeV posted a pertinent question which is worth asking: If I buy a ring in the US, ...
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Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?

There was a time when queues at post offices and banks etc were counter-specific. Eventually it was widely recognised that a penning system (a Single-Line queue), or ticketing systems and such like, ...
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How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?

A related post, made me wonder how you can hide a ring from a "special one" traveling with you to a place where you will propose and yet get it legally through security or customs? You don't want the ...
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Why does connecting flight need a security check at connection airport?

I'm just wondering why when flying with connection flights, when I come at the connecting airport, straight from the arrivals and to the departures, why do I have go through a security check. Since ...
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When are U.S.-bound flights required to confiscate liquids at the gate?

In a recent question, I found that the U.S. requires flights from Hong Kong that are bound for the U.S. to confiscate liquids in containers above 100 mL from carry-on luggage in a secondary screening ...
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Why were water bottles confiscated in a boarding gate jetway in Hong Kong?

Seeing another question about taking water bottles onto planes reminded me of an interesting incident I ran into once. During a layover in Hong Kong in late May of 2013, as we were boarding a flight ...
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Known Traveler Number when traveling with a tour group

I will be traveling with a tour group soon. They have the ticket reservations and I will not get my ticket until the morning we travel. Can I add my Known Traveler Number at check-in?
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Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?

I'm currently in the process of moving from France to Canada. I have plenty of computer equipment that I just put in boxes and that will be sent by naval transport. One thing I'm scared off though, ...
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Laptop w/o battery US bound flight?

According to some reports, your electronic devices are checked whether they turn on before you can get on a US bound flight. What if I carry around a laptop without a battery?
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Can I take my disassembled desktop computer on a flight from Turkey to the UK? (some new regulations)

I've read that there are some new regulations for electronic devices at UK airports. If the devices are in your hand baggage, they must be fully charged and you have to demonstrate, that they are ...
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Do I “Need” a luggage lock in the US?

I understand that this is a question that easily becomes subjective, so let me phrase it as objective as possible. I am a person who so far has been traveling within Europe and the middle East, so ...
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Straight razor on a plane to Moscow from abroad

Hi I have a simple question, I’d like to know if I can put my straight razor in my checked-in luggage and be sure not to be arrested or something. It’s a regular straight razor and I don’t think it ...
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Why does TSA security vary so much for different airports?

I would assume TSA (Transportation Security Administration) security to be especially tight no matter the airport, but it seems that the different airports I have been to have often very different ...
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Visit Pakistan for a week [closed]

I'm an American citizen, born and raised in the US. I spent a week in Pakistan, and upon returning today, I was questioned for about 5 minutes. Why is that? I'm 24 years old, and felt really ...
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Why is security screening done at the gate at AMS (Schiphol airport, Amsterdam) in the non-Schengen area?

I've noticed that when taking non-Schengen flights at AMS (Schiphol airport, Amsterdam), there is no centralized security check after you enter the airport and go through passport control. Instead, ...
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Bringing someone's ashes abroad [closed]

One of my friends last wishes is to spread her ashes at various places around the world. Consequently, Will I be hassled by security for having someone's ashes, in say, a Ziplock bag? Is the ...
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How to dispose of a broken suitcase at an airport?

Recently I had to catch a flight from New Delhi to Frankfurt. On arriving at the airport, I realized that my suitcase was broken at the bottom near the wheels. Probably due to its rough handling ...
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What items are forbidden to take when traveling to the US that would be OK in most other countries?

I am aware of a couple of items that are not allowed to take when traveling to a US destination (from abroad), even though they would be OK in most other countries: Kinder Eggs 6 or more "obscene ...
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Electronic medical devices through British airport security

I heard that British airport security had a policy of disposing of electronic equipment if you were unable to prove that you can turn them on. Is this true? What if I am carrying a spare insulin pump ...
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New device checking rules for flights to/from USA

I see the TSA have brought in new rules for devices, in response to intelligence that terrorists may be trying to pack mobile phones with explosive, so checks before flights can include having to ...
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Is transit time of 40 mins enough for a transit at Dusseldorf airport?

I am flying from U.S. to India via Germany(2 stops - Dusseldorf and Munich). There is a 40 min layover at Dusseldorf and 1 h 40 min layover at Munich. I am concerned if I will be able to make to the ...
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Layover in Mexico, clear customs on first port of entry?

On an international flight (to Mexico) with a layover in Mexico DF, do I have to clear Mexican customs and redo security in DF before taking the connection like we do in Canada and the US ? Is there ...
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What Happens When a Wrapped Luggage is Opened by Security?

Some airports have machines to wrap luggage in plastic. Now, security can open luggage to look into it for security reasons. What does security do if they want to open a wrapped suitcase or box? Do ...
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Travelling from a UK airport, can I use a plastic bag with a zip for bringing liquids into my carry-on luggage?

I bought one of these from Sainsbury's (UK): http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/travel-toiletries/sainsburys-travel-organiser It's a clear plastic bag, kind of like a pencil case, with a ...
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Name has “Mr” appended on reservation, airline will not reply

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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Forearm walking crutch and air travel

Is it a problem to travel by plane with an aluminium forearm walking crutch similar to this one? I will be traveling by plane in two days (Czech Airlines PRG-CDG). I have a minor injury. I prefer ...
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How can I not get electrically shocked when handling my laptop in an airport?

I traveled by plane for the first time in my life 3 months ago. It was 4 trips, which meant 4 hand luggage inspections. I have a huge problem: I am asked to remove my laptop and tablet from my bag ...
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Airport security: what if I carry an item with traces of explosive?

One day I was travelling from UK to Switzerland, the security officer at Gatwick airport check (with a kind of swab) all my electronic devices (mainly phone and camera chargers + cables) to see if it ...
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Stolen passport in USA, foreign national needs to fly domestic

To begin with, I am aware that various iterations of this question have been asked, so I will be specific to my case since I feel there may be some differences. I am on a temporary Visa in the United ...
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What to do if you need to fly in the Schengen area and lose your ID card?

A friend recently got her ID stolen while she was in the Netherlands. She will soon need to fly to her home country Italy, but she doesn't know what to do. What can one do in such a situation? As far ...
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Can you freeze liquids to pass security checks?

Once I read a suggestion saying that frozen "liquids" are not subject to the 100 ml restriction of security checks in airports. I've found other references of this googling, but they all refer to TSA ...
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Titanium in Body. Should I be careful of anything? [duplicate]

I have an all titanium wire mesh underneath my eye due to a car accident. It is supposed to be MRI and X-Ray safe and I have traveled with it once before. I usually avoid informing security beforehand ...
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Are non-US citizens elegible to sign up for TSA-Pre?

My understanding is that it's a more complex process, but once you're processed, it's much faster to get through airport screenings in future. Is it available to non US citizens as well, and if so, ...
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do some countries allow cigarette lighters in airports?

In India and South Korea the airports have smoking rooms. It's a nice convenience for people who feel like they have to smoke every so often but it makes me wonder... how do people light up in those ...
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Can I carry milk on board for a toddler on a flight from Toronto to Saudi Airline?

I was reading the contents of the website (Saudi Airline) that we could carry milk up to 1 litre in a transparent bag for babies. My wife tried formula for my 2 year old kid but he's refusing to take ...
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How to transport a robot on a flight?

I and my team will flight from Czech Republic to New Mexico,USA to Roborave competition (http://roboquerque.org) and we need to transport there our fire-fighting robot. Any tips for it? I know it ...
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Flying from Canada with art supplies

I always fly with just a carry-on and this time I'm thinking of taking some art supplies with me on my trip and I'm just wondering what the rules are. I'll be taking pastels, china ink and nibs, a few ...
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Tripod in Carry-on Luggage

Many years ago someone told me about travel with a Camera Tripod is not allowed. I have a trip to Europe from Australia, and I have a 10 hour layover in Dubai. I would like take photos at night in ...