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Can I bring my desktop computer as check-in baggage on a flight?

I am moving from Malaysia to the US, and planning to bring my desktop computer with me. I plan to pack it in my checked-in luggage. Will the computer risk being damaged? Any precaution should I take ...
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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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Can we undergo US Immigration checks at Heathrow?

I'll be traveling from Mumbai, India to Gainesville, Florida. For that I have to board a flight at Mumbai which will drop me at Heathrow. I have layover time of about 8 hours at Heathrow, from where ...
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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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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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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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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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Is layover of 1hr enough at Nassau Airport to catch flight to Eleuthera?

We will be arriving from USA to Nassau and our connecting flight leaves exactly 1hr after we arrive so is that enough time to catch it when going to ELH (N. Eleuthera)? Is there a customs line we ...
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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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What to do if drugs / a bomb are planted in your travel bag?

So the scene: You're flying from Bogota, Colombia to New York, USA. You arrive, pick up your bag from the carousel, and figure you'll stuff your netbook you used on the flight into your bag now ...
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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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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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Travelling with beach sand in carry-on

I'm making a trip back home (to the coast) shortly, and I would like to bring back sand from the beach with me as a keepsake or memento. It's just a short weekend trip, and I won't be checking any ...
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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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How much electronics and other valuables can I bring duty-free when going to India?

I am planning to travel to India (COK airport, Kerala) from United States. I want to take my laptop as well as my tablet (iPad). Am I allowed to take both in my backpack with my documents related my ...
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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 security rules different at European airports?

Traveling through Brussels, my saline solution, which is legal for US TSA, was declared illegal. Are medical exclusions different for USA Travel and Foreign travel?
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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) ...