'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carry on cheese grater on domestic U.S. flight?

Will I be permitted to pack a cheese grater in my carry-on bag for a domestic U.S. flight, or will this be considered a "potential weapon" and prohibited?
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Why does the TSA allow two 3-ounce containers but not one 6-ounce container?

If I understand the TSA's 3-1-1 policy in the US correctly, you are allowed to take two 3-ounce containers of a liquid on a plane, but not a single 6-ounce container of the same liquid. Is this really ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Are the TSA rules legally binding?

A user asked How do I minimize the chances of TSA agents confisticating liquids larger than 3 ounces? My question is - are the TSA rules legally binding or not? Whether or not you get charged if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I connect through the USA with liquid duty-free purchases?

In the near future I'll be travelling DUB-ORD-PDX and I was wondering if I can make liquid duty-free purchases in Dublin and bring them through security as carry-on luggage in Chicago O'Hare. I will ...
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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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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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Can you bring a standard tube of toothpaste on a plane in a carry-on bag?

In the US, the TSA has very specific regulations for what can and can't be brought on a plane in a carry-on bag, especially when it comes to liquids. Can a standard tube of toothpaste be brought on a ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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If I apply for TSA Pre-Check now, can I use it on a flight that I've already booked?

I have just applied for TSA Pre-Check and will have my appointment in a couple of days where I show the officials my personal identification documents. I have already booked a flight at the end of ...
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What chemical / solution / reagent are TSA agents using when they test liquids?

I was reading a news article that apparently TSA agents in the US have been randomly swabbing liquids including drinks, even purchased in the airport beyond the existing screening. It was stated that ...
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What does a genuine TSA badge look like?

While reading a news article on newly observed TSA practices a commenter mentioned "How many people know what a TSA badge is really supposed to look like?" It's a great question IMHO. If some ...
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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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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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For US travel are Wireless mice banned?

My mother recently traveled to visit and had mentioned that wireless mice are recently banned from air travel? Also, is there a reason why? Is that a flight policy or just a TSA standard?
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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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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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Claiming for Damage Baggage by US TSA

Travelling from Jamaica to France, my friend locked her suitcase. Upon her arrival back in France she discovered her suitcase was destroyed. The TSA had not only opened it, but ripped the zipper off ...
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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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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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Transport frozen mother's milk by plane

What's the best way to transport multiple bags (~40 bags) of frozen mother's milk by air within the US? By best, I mean: a way to transport it without damaging the milk or pissing off the TSA. It's ...
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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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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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Boarding pass with TSA pre-check mark — what does it mean?

Why did my boarding pass have a TSA pre-check mark on it?
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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 ...