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

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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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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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If I use TSA Pre-Check, can I still enter security through the first class line?

I have just signed up for TSA Pre-Check, but am having second thoughts about the advantages. I almost always travel first class (no, I'm not paying for that myself!) and thus have access to the first ...
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Lufthansa flight - Manchester to Ankara connecting at Munich. Do I go through security again?

I'm flying from Manchester to Ankara with Lufthansa. I land at Munich then have an another flight to Ankara with an hour in between. Will I have to go through security again? or show my passport to ...
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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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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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How much extra time to allow in Dublin Airport for US pre-clearance?

On an upcoming trip, I'll be flying from Dublin to the USA, on a flight which has US pre-clearance in Dublin. I'm reasonably happy (based on experiences) about how far in advance I need to get to ...
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Can I buy (liquid) duty free at Dublin airport, before going through pre-clearance?

Following on from my earlier question on timings for US pre-clearance at Dublin airport, I've been watching the US pre-clearance at Dublin video from the Dublin airport website. That mentions that ...
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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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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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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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What does this sticker on the back of my passport mean?

I am currently travelling in the USA and when checking in on the boarding flight to enter the country, the security personnel attached a small yellow-white sticker to my passport (see a somewhat ...
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How to transport a robot on a flight?

I and my team will fly from the Czech Republic to New Mexico, USA for the Roborave competition (http://roboquerque.org) and we need to transport our fire-fighting robot. Any tips for it? I know it ...
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Does gel deodorant count as “liquids”?

My new deodorant doesn't come in travel size but a 3.4oz. It's a clear gel in the common deodorant container with holes at the top. Now is taking this through security at any airport going to be ...
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Is a regulation baggie required for carryon liquids in Toronto Pearson Airport?

Is a specific type of bag needed (3-1-1?) to take liquids under 3oz on the plane in YYZ or will putting all liquids in any sized plastic bag do?
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Meeting someone at the airport gate in the US?

As of quite awhile back you're not able to meet people at the gate of the arriving flight. However, I've come across certain sites like Churchill Executive Cars, which offers a concierge service that ...
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What are the exact reasons why one cannot take a bottle of water on the plane?

So what exactly are the reasons: policy by the airlines? slowing down security? What if it's 100mL of water filled in one of those tiny travel bottles that people use to downsize their toiletries? ...
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Why aren't micro Swiss Army multitools allowed on the plane but small scissors are allowed?

I'm curious as to why micro multitools such as this not allowed on carryon? Surely scissors can do more damage? ...
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Can I pack a razor in a carry-on on planes leaving Toronto Pearson airport?

Can I? Never carried a razor before. The women's Gillete safety razor? Now, I'm pretty sure the TSA are good with it but I read on the Transport Canada site which was updated on 2011 that razors ...
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How does one not get hassled for duties/taxes for items that aren't new but look new?

I'm one of those who buys new things before a trip and I even get my dry-cleaning folded which the cleaners put in a plastic bag. Now thinking about it I wonder if it's only a matter of time before ...
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BB in thumb and first flight ahead

A few years ago I was shot in the thumb by a bb gun and the bb is still in there. You can physically see where the bb is since there is a bump and you can still see the scar about a half of a inch ...
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Can I bring reusable hand warmers onto a plane in Europe?

I'll be travelling from the UK to Hungary, and I was wondering whether I could bring two reusable hand warmers (the crystallisation type ones, like these) onto the plane, preferably as a cabin ...
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Can my husband pick up the luggage in Gatwick and check it in on next flight if I stay in transit?

We are travelling to St.Lucia from Dubai on Emirates flight and second connection is BA flight from Gatwick Airport (I believe same rules will be applicable as for Heathrow). Unfortunately there is no ...
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What is the earliest before a scheduled departure that you can get through a TSA checkpoint in a US airport?

If I am scheduled to depart from an airport for an afternoon or evening flight, what is the earliest the TSA will let me into the airport in the morning?
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As of Jan 2015, does one have to take their shoes off at Toronto Pearson airport's security checkpoints?

At Toronto Pearson airport do people have to take their shoes off to get through security for international or domestic flights? Is security more careful when travelling to particular countries?
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International travel with ORIF, a surgical procedure which puts metal plates to join bones in limbs [duplicate]

I recently had a road accident and broke my left forearm bones badly. This was fixed via a surgery called ORIF. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_fixation). This required joining my bones using ...
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Can a shower hose be taken on planes worldwide without hassle?

Can a handheld shower such as this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000GLO0KY/ref=mp_s_a_1_10?qid=1421520622&sr=8-10&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70 be taken on-board or is it going to be a problem ...
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Does Air Canada transfer bags to partner airline on same round trip ticket?

I have an Air Canada flight from Texas to Toronto and then off to Frankfurt. At Frankfurt, I will have a 4 hour layover. From there I will depart to Cairo, and I will be on Air Canada, but operated ...
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Why confiscate gels not in ziplock bags after screening?

My bags were just searched at a gate lounge during a stopover in Dubai towards Sydney and I was asked to leave my toothpaste behind because it wasn't in a zip lock bag, and neither myself nor the ...
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Does Icelandair Saga Class have access to Fast Track at Stockholm Arlanda airport?

I'll be traveling in Saga Class with Icelandair. Will I be able to use the Fast Track in Terminal 5 at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden?
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Large metal rose

I have a large metal rose, about 14 inches long and quite heavy. It's made 100% of metal. I want to carry it on the plane with me in my carry-on, however, I fear the security personnel will ...
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Correct reasons for opting out of millimetre wave scanners

Having travelled through SFO a few times, and each time been asked to go through a millimetre wave (or backscatter) scanner, and each time 'opted out' and gone for the search (in public), I'd like to ...
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How to carry cologne bottles in hand luggage and prevent losses?

Say I have a cologne bottle of 100 ml that I want to carry in my hand luggage on a plane trip. 100 ml is the limit so it should be fine for the transport regulations (if not, please let me know!). ...
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“Airport-friendly” suspenders with AIT

I regularly wear these suspenders with "airport-friendly" plastic clasps, designed to be worn under your shirt. However, I will be traveling to an airport that used Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) ...
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How to convince airport security that I am not dangerous when having metallic parts in my body?

I had an operation some time ago and now I have small screws in my shoulder which will not be removed anymore. When I decided to fly for vacation, I supposed that these will may bring me into trouble ...
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I stamped my passport before international departure, but I want to cancel now!

If I stamped my passport for an international flight as we usually do before international departures and then I changed my mind for any reason, for example a family emergency reason. What's the ...
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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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can I put 3.4 ounces of liquid in a 4 ounce bottle?

Is the restriction on the amount of liquid in the container, or the size of the container itself? The 3-1-1 page says: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or ...
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Can I carry my laptop, ps4, 3 iphones and a spare phone to India from US? [duplicate]

Im a student in USA, and I am carrying my laptop, my ps4 and 3 iphones which are opened. Will there be any problem at the customs in India?
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Why are there two security checks in Cairo airport?

I was recently in Cairo Airport where I was in transit. To go from arrivals to departures I had to go through a security check. I thought arrivals was considered a secure area, but well, security is ...
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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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Can TSA open regular suitcase combination locks? How?

I just flew back from the USA, and found a TSA notice in my suitcase that it had been inspected. I could tell that they checked a couple of items, but thankfully nothing was removed or damaged. Now ...
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Is the TSA Lock acceptable in European Airports?

I understand if you travelling in or to the US, you can lock your luggage using the TSA Luggage Lock. (Immigration is still able to open your luggage using their own special keys) How about Europe? ...
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Can I take an AVR development board on a plane?

I'm travelling to the UK and while I'm away, I have a university assignment due, and I'm concerned that I might not be able to get it finished before I leave, and would therefore need to work on it ...
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Is Mexican Passport needed to fly into Mexico from the United States as Mexican?

I'm Mexican and a US Permanent Resident. I'm going to fly into Mexico from the United States, and I want to know if I can use my Mexican voter's card to check in at the airport, or will I need my ...
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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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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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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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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 ...