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Am I allowed to take a GPU in my carry-on luggage?

As I will be travelling to the US in July, I was thinking of buying two graphics cards (R9 390X) over there and bring them back to Switzerland, as computer components are mostly a bit cheaper over ...
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Is it OK to dress as a stewardess on a flight?

My client is not a stewardess. Her man has a stewardess-attraction, and normally it's no problem, but when they fly together she feels jealous. I'd like to advise her, "the attraction is part of him; ...
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Flying from the UK to the US with laser in carry-on

I am flying from the UK to the US for a short house hunting trip. I want to bring a laser range finder in my carry-on luggage. It is a class 2 laser so should be considered safe, but you never know ...
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Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?

I'll be wearing it all the time anyway once I arrive at my hostile destination but how about wearing it during the flight? It makes sense to wear it in case someone try to hijack the plane.
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Laptop with 2 batteries through airport security

I recently heard that for some flights you need to turn on your phone or laptop to increase security. Especially to prove that the battery is not a bomb. However, this got me thinking about my own ...
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Who should I ask about the items I can and cannot take with me? The airport or the airline I'm flying with?

I need to check if I can bring the items I am planning on bringing. Who should I ask? The airport or the airline I'm flying with? Additional info : Airport - Perth Airport T1 Airlines - Cathay ...
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Can I bring a shoebox PC in my carry-on bag?

It's a shoebox PC that I custom built and I'd like to keep it in carry-on. It has wires hanging out and the top is removable so they can see it's actually a computer not something like a bomb. And ...
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Where can I report an airport security flaw / weakness?

I have just come back from a short trip to Italy and I was shocked to find some very lacking security practices at the airport I used to leave the country. I'm sure the things I noticed are all ...
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Can I carry a non-mercury thermometer on plane?

So I found this multi-tool thing in my drawer, recently, which has: A magnifying glass, allowed on-board, I think. A compass, also OK. and a thermometer, not OK. However, the thermometer is ...
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Air travel with a competition sword?

I recently changed my competitive weapon of choice in my martial art (TKD) to a Gum Do, or sword. The sword is basically katana sized, unsharpened but it does have a point, as seen below (Although my ...
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Want to meet arriving passenger inside airport before immigration (SIN airport)

Is this possible? Buy a cheapest ticket or refundable ticket and enter T3 departure hall of Singapore airport, clear immigration and go to T3 arrival area and meet my wife even before she clears thru ...
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TSA Precheck on all connecting flights

If my fist leg of international travel is on Alaska Airlines and I have a TSA Precheck, will my connecting flight on British Airways also be TSA precheck? We start in Sacramento, CA on Alaska ...
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India airports post-immigration xray check purpose?

I've noticed that when arriving into India by air, after immigration, and after the passport stamp check to ensure you really did go through immigration, there is some sort of check where all your ...
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At JFK, can you move between terminals airside on domestic flights?

When arriving at JFK (or any US airport) on an international flight that didn't have pre-clearance, I know that you have to clear immigration, collect your bags, clear customs, re-drop bags, change ...
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Can airport security find a waterskin?

From what I understand of the X-ray machines my hand luggage goes in, they are only able to reveal the shape of objects, especially if they are not made of metal or other X-ray-opaque material. So I ...
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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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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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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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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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Packing sensitive electronics for flight

My girlfriend is flying from to Missouri later this month to visit her family. Her sister, in Missouri, wants her to bring her game consoles so they can play games together. She will also be visiting ...
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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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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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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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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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Are battery packs allowed in hand luggage?

When flying, are you allowed to bring battery packs / power banks? I'd like to bring my ACC 10400mAh Power Bank on several flights.
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 ...