'Transportation Security Administration', is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the safety and security of the traveling public in the United States

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Redress Number vs. Known Traveler Number

I recently obtained a Global Entry card and on the back is the PASSID number that I understand is also my Known Traveler Number. When I recently tried to record my KTN with an airlines it asked for ...
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How can I determine the carry-on size / weight limits and restrictions for a US domestic flight?

I'll be traveling for the first time in 20 years, and I'll be bringing my MacBook Pro and an iPad Air, as well as my usual folderol. I have a decent sized backpack, roughly 19-20" tall, 13-14" wide, ...
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What's a “Redress Control Number”?

When booking a flight reservation recently, I noted it had a non-compulsory field asking for a Redress Control Number for your reservation. I gather this is somewhat related to the No Fly list, but ...
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Is it possible to avoid removing my shoes if doing so will interfere with a supportive ankle brace?

So I injured myself yesterday and sprained my ankle pretty badly. I can stand and walk on it, but it's difficult and painful; I have a supportive brace on my foot at the moment that helps quite a bit, ...
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How to carry a banned item on a US flight?

The list of banned items is extensive, but what happens if you have a genuine need to carry something banned? The carry-on specific items is easy enough, you just check it (e.g. sharp objects), but ...
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Can first names be initialed on boarding pass?

I'm am a non US citizen flying back to my home country using a one way ticket. Due to character limits to Kayak, I made the flight booking using initials for my first name (i.e. J D in lieu of John ...
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How to avoid theft by TSA agents

TSA agents are known for stealing valuable things from passengers' luggage, either checked in or carried on. Is there way to avoid this? If so, what is the best way?
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TSA Security Check - Flammable vs. Non-Flammable Aerosol

I plan on flying domestically in the US tomorrow, and I was wondering if it is possible for the TSA to tell the difference between flammable and non-flammable aerosols as they go through a security ...
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why is SENTRI more expensive than Global Entry?

Aaccording to http://www.dhs.gov/comparison-chart membership in the SENTRI program costs $122.25 for five years whereas membership in the Global Entry program costs $100 for 5 years. This doesn't make ...
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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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Is not checking in any baggage suspicious?

I'm travelling from Amsterdam to New York with a stop in Reykjavik. I plan to only bring my 25L backpack. I've used it in Europe and I've found I can always buy what I can't carry. My bag is within ...
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Who works at the International Gate Security check?

If I am going through security from Toronto to New York, are the security agents there Canadian or American? Are they working for Canada or the US? Do they need some application/document if they're ...
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How does one inform airlines of one's KTN, if the KTN was issued after a booking had been made?

I have received a Known Traveler Number (KTN) from the TSA but do not know how to "activate" this pre-check authorization with various airlines. Is it possible to get this information into their ...
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My TSA pre check was not on my return flight. Is it specific to each flight?

Do you get the TSA pre check mark for each flight no matter what? Or is this flight specific?
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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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Bubble Wrap/Zip Lock - Harry Potter Wands

I am planning to take Harry Potter Wand collection with me from US to India. I want them to wrap them either in bubble wrap or paper so that they do not get damaged as these will be put in check-in ...
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Fixing an opened TSA lock [closed]

I recently traveled from USA to India with a layover in London (British Airways). I had locked each one of my check-in luggage with a TSA lock. One of my luggage bags seems to have been opened for ...
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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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Am I allowed to take an “All in One Water cooler” in my carry-on luggage?

This is a follow up question of Am I allowed to take a GPU in my carry-on luggage? During my stay in LA I will be checking if some graphics cards are cheaper in the US and if yes I would like to buy ...
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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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Has anyone used a grip a zip to prevent theft (airports and hotels) while traveling? [closed]

I am interested in a product: http://www.gripazip.com has anyone used and were you happy with product?
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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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Could leaving a TSA notice of baggage inspection visible in my suitcase upon opening help it avoid inspection?

I would like to avoid my suitcase being inspected to prevent loss and damage. Last time I took the airplane the TSA left a notice of baggage inspection in my suitcase. If I leave it in my suitcase in ...
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Is TSA lock compulsory for travel to US?

This is my first time travelling to US. All my check-in luggages are made of hard plastic and it has two side locks with key and one number lock in the front. I do not have any bags with TSA locks. Is ...
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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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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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Do you have to use a body scanner in TSA Pre Check lines?

Do any of you TSA Pre-Check approved people know if Pre Check allows you to skip the full body scanner in some or most airports?
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Is ice subject to the TSA's 3-1-1 Liquids Rule? [duplicate]

I was wondering if ice is subject to the liquids rule. It is not a liquid, gel, aerosol, cream or paste.
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Are wet wipes subject to the TSA's 3-1-1 Liquids Rule?

If I want to bring a packet of wet wipes with me on a plane, do I need to put them into the one-quart ziploc bag with all my other 3 ounce liquid containers? The TSA 3-1-1 Liquids Rule page doesn't ...
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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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Airplane ticket booked under my middle name

I use my middle name pretty much everywhere. At work I used to book travel myself and would always book under my first and last name. We recently hired an admin who booked travel using my middle and ...
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Does DTW have faster security for United premier access holders?

I have a fight scheduled where I can't get to the airport as early as I would like, I don't want to miss my flight and I want to know if purchasing premier access could be worth it.
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What's the limit of liquids allowed in your purse while flying with United Airlines?

I'm going to visit my boyfriend and as any girl, I want to smell nice for him. I'm flying with United, and I have an 89 ml body spray, 29 ml and 60 ml hand sanitizer. Is that allowed?
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TWIC holders skipping interview?

If I hold a TWIC can TSA get my biological information from that for my Pre-check and allow me to skip the interview?
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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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Traveling with paintball-related equipment internationally

Ok, so I know that as far the as USA is concerned (from TSA.gov) paintball markers are not considered "weapons/firearms" and you can put them in checked luggage. CO2 or compressed air tanks can even ...
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TSA approved keycard luggage locks that shows if it's been opened?

I want to get those keycard TSA approved luggage locks but I can't find a keycard one that has some method to notify you if it's been opened. All the you-can-know-if-opened locks that I can find are ...
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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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How can I bring a broken tablet on an airplane to the US?

Earlier this year when in America I bought a Nexus 7 tablet and brought it with me to Argentina. The tablet stopped working shortly after arrival and nothing I tried to do made it work. By chance I'm ...
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What chemicals does airport security use as markers?

I recently travelled to the USA from Asia. When I arrived in Detroit they marked my E-cigarette with a clear colorless liquid using a small paint brush used for water colors. What chemical(s) do they ...
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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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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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Will there be problems bringing an ointment that is labelled in grams through TSA security?

I have a prescription ointment I'd like to bring in my carry on when flying next week. While it is equivalent to 2.11 ounces it is labelled in grams. All the TSA FAQ's note ounces and ml, not grams, ...
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Are live leeches allowed through TSA checkpoints?

On the most voted answer on What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?, there was a comment about leeches: Though if you're a doctor of 14th century philosophy, ...
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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 does the TSA do with confiscated liquids?

So, we all know that if your carry-on has a liquid in excess of the proscribed size amounts (typically 3 oz), you can't take it on board. Presumably, these things are destroyed, but I wonder, are ...
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TSA locks in luggage for travel to Europe [duplicate]

I'll be travelling to Europe from India and have a check-in baggage which has the normal number lock (like a 3-digit password) and also has the TSA lock. My entry would be in France and would return ...
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How do I minimize the chances of TSA agents confisticating liquids larger than 3 ounces?

I know as a fact that I've gotten liquids larger than 3 ounces through the TSA scanner systems (such as sunscreen). I was scolded one time for bringing a shampoo container, but I was still ultimately ...