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

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What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?

Especially as pertains to US airports? Is baggage checked at all once it has been loaded into the cargo hold? Otherwise, is there anything that prevents an airport employee from slipping something ...
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Able to carry on a small Swiss army knife

I usually carry around a small Swiss army kit my set of keys which contains a small knife inside the slot which is about 1 inch in height and very thin (see link for better picture, and it is ...
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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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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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What's the law about body scanners in EU? Am I legally allowed to refuse?

There are a lot of EU laws about travelling through airports. We've all seen the signs about asking for your rights. So is there any EU law about body scanners? Is there an EU law that says I am ...
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How likely is it for Israeli airport security to withhold my laptop and send it on later?

I’ll be visiting Jordan and Israel soon in a guided (recreational) group tour. The group will be some 20 people in size. The organiser gave us beautiful leaflets on what to expect in the countries we ...
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Can others in my party go through TSA PreCheck?

If I have TSA PreCheck (i.e. I have a KTN from TSA and the "pre-check" logo gets printed on my boarding pass) and a travel companion does not, can they go with me through the PreCheck security lines? ...
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Leaving transit area at intermediate stop (Berlin to Kiev via Riga)

I booked a flight from Berlin to Kiev. Since no direct flight was available I have choosen a flight with an intermediate stop in Riga to then continue to Kiev about an hour later. Since I never ...
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Can I take balloons on a flight?

Mother's day in my family always involves a bouquet of balloons. Mom wanted to take the balloons we gave her home on the plane but in this hyper security aware atmosphere we doubted it was possible. ...
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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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Stopping at Southampton on FlyBe: does one stay on the aircraft or is security to be re-cleared?

I have an upcoming Jersey-Leeds "direct" flight on FlyBe (BE) with a stop at Southampton (so that's JER-SOU-LBA). Do I need to deplane and re-clear security at Southampton or can I stay onboard the ...
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Camping stove on a plane?

Can I bring a camping stove (without fuel) on a (domestic or international) jet, either in checked baggage, carry-on, or some other means?
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Can I carry rock climbing hardware as carry-on in Europe?

Can I bring rock climbing gear such as quick-draws climbing ropes nuts, hexes, cams, friends, etc. as described here a nut tool, as in the middle of this picture climbing chalk (Amazon example ...
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Is my leather pouch blocking bag x-ray scanners?

When I travel, I usually carry a backpack and inside, a small leather pouch with various creams and perfumes inside along with a laptop in a laptop briefcase-style bag. The first time I traveled with ...
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if i have a 5oz container of cologne (liquid), but it is only 15ml, will i be able to take it on the plane? [duplicate]

Will I be able to take it without having to throw it away? Do they measure on ounces or milliliters? its a 5oz bottle (not all the way full -used-) and it has 15ml and the requirements are 3.4oz and ...
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Is it possible to buy luggage after security to check in (Airport is SFO if that matters)?

I'm planning for someone who isn't going to be able to get proper luggage before going to the airport. They're going to be leaving from SFO, and want to know if they can buy luggage there to use for ...
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What happens if you forget a laptop battery in your checked luggage? (in Europe) [closed]

Let's say you buy a spare battery for your laptop and forget to put it in your carry-on (as per IATA rules). What happens next? Some possible scenarios: The airlines tend to ignore that regulation ...
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Why is security screening done at the gate in some airports?

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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Can I put new wrist watch in checked or carry-on bag?

My parents are flying from India to China. They have a newly purchased wrist watch to carry. Is it allowed to put the watch in either checked-in or carry-on baggage?
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My name has “Mr” appended on airline ticket reservation. Would that cause problems at the airport?

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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Traveling with osteosynthesis material [duplicate]

As a result of a tibial plateau fracture, now I've got a metal plate inside my knee with several screws. I assume it's titanium alloy. I've never traveled by plane before, and I'm worried that there ...
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Am I allowed to carry shampoo, Oil, etc via India-UK airport after recent hair transplantation?

I recently had a hair transplantation in New Delhi, India (1 month ago). Now I need to move to London, UK on work permit. Am I allowed to carry Shampoo and Oil (4*500ml each=4ltr) all in white, ...
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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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Are body scanners mandatory at Charles de Gaulle airport?

Currently considering different options to fly from Spain (Schengen, EU) to Tokyo (non-Schengen, Japan). One of the options is to do a layover in CDG (Charles de Gaulle - Paris). I would like to ...
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Likelihood of accidentally checking in passport with luggage

Out of curiosity: how likely is it that you end up in a foreign country with your passport inside your checked-in luggage, and are there specific safeguards in place to prevent that? It appears to me ...
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Can airport security in Israel force me to provide my access credentials to laptop or online accounts?

I've read that going through airport security at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport can sometimes be a nightmare. Being asked a bunch of questions and having someone going through your every ...
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Are ziploc bags banned in Rwanda for air travelers?

Rwanda has enacted a ban on plastic bags, as a web search for "Rwanda plastic bags" will show. Does this extend to 1-quart or 1-liter sealable freezer bags? If so, how can one pack liquids in ...
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Can you buy duty free alcohol at Hong Kong International Airport for travel to Australia?

Currently, Australia has tough restrictions on liquids for both departing and arriving flights. These mean that for a flight to Australia, you will be re-screened before boarding the plane, with ...
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Can I travel with my fitness tracker with me on a flight?

Can I take my fitness tracker with me on a flight? should it cause any issues while passing through security?
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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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Tent in hand luggage?

Can I carry a tent in hand luggage on a flight? Do poles/pegs present a threat? I mean, they could but they're going to be tightly packed and actually attempting to get them out would draw a lot of ...
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Can I divide a 300 ml liquid bottle into three smaller bottles?

On Domestic Flights in the US, travelers can take a few 100 ml liquid bottles? Can those bottles have the same liquid?
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Will providing an incorrect suffix and prefix for a name (Dr., PhD) on a flight ticket cause issues at the airport?

I was being silly when purchasing my airline ticket and saw the options to have my name be "Dr. John Doe, PhD", so I went for it. Unfortunately I cannot legitimately claim either of those titles. ...
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Is it possible to avoid being sniffed by dogs at Heathrow airport and possibly other airports?

I am Muslim, getting sniffed by a dog is sort of prohibited in my religion. My family are coming to Europe next month and we are discussing all the tiny details as they haven't traveled outside their ...
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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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Can I carry contact solution onto a plane that is more than the 3oz limit?

According to http://apps.tsa.dhs.gov it says the following: You may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on bags only if they adhere to the 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3.4 ounces or ...
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Do disposable contact lenses need to be declared as “liquids”?

I recently swapped over from glasses to using disposable contact lenses. I'm already planning on carrying "travel-size" contact lens solution bottles to stay under the limit for liquids. What about ...
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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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Carrying Tripod/Monopod through security at Logan airport (Boston MA)

My next trip starts at Logan airport in Boston MA. In the experience of many locals, Logan has been more paranoid than many US airports. While camera monopods and tripods are ok to fly with ...
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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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Why do you need to take out your laptop from your bag during airport security checks?

Why do you need to take your laptop from your bag during airport security checks? Why can't they just x-ray check the whole bag together with the laptop?
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Air-side walk-through light boxes. What are they?

To disembark in many European terminals, passengers must pass through a corridor with a bottleneck. On either side of the hallway there are tall, chubby boxes. The white or gray boxes are powered and ...
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Prohibited item forgotten in hand luggage: what to do with it?

I guess it happens quite frequently: you have already checked in, and at the security check you realize that you have in your backpack your grandmother's Klingon bat'leth blade, an item that has been ...
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Can I take an electric fly swatter on board?

I have a 1500V electric fly swatter - the type you can get at £1 stores and on Amazon - it looks like a small tennis racket but it has 2AA batteries to kill insects. I would like to take it with me ...
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Why did airport security swab my hands with wet paper?

Before entering a commercial plane, I had to go through the usual security check at Prague airport (PRG). When I passed the metal detector, it went off. I assume it was because I forgot to take off my ...
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Can you check an envelope? (of razor blades)

I'm traveling soon, and will be bringing everything in my carry-on. However, I'd like to bring my preferred blades for my safety razor, rather than finding whatever I can in another country (and ...
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Traveling to Canada/US with desktop PC as Carry-on. Possible?

I'll be moving to Canada in a couple of months and I'm taking my $2.000+ PC with me. Obviously I don't want it to get damaged, specially since I'm an electrical engineer and I work with the thing. ...
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Do airlines check if people passing through the gate actually board the plane?

There seems to be a loophole in the system that ensures that checked bags are accompanied by passengers. Suppose that I check in a bag with a bomb, I go to the gate where my boarding pass gets scanned ...
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How many smartphones can I take on an airplane?

I'm a software developer and I need multiple different mobile devices for testing and debugging purposes. I also work on-the-go sometimes, so this is important. Furthermore, not everything can be ...
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What to expect at a Global Entry application interview?

I applied for the Global Entry program a couple of days ago, and I noticed a few mentions throughout the application process to an interview that I would need to schedule as part of the process. What ...