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When I flew from Vienna to Amsterdam and back, my fears were confirmed: The security staff inspected me very precise, and I had to explain them my story. Thank god I have some scars left so they believed me! It is not a problem. There are many, many people with metal implants and the standard procedure is simply explaining your condition after an ...


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I always have one or two plastic bottles with me. I empty them before I go through security and then re-fill them from a tap in the restroom in the waiting area. I've done this many times, and security never asked about the empty bottles, and even if they do you can explain what they are for.


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It will probably make them take a few extra moments to verify it's really you but the Department of State in the United States has no rules or notices that you need to look identical to your photo. Here is a Q/A about facial hair and hair coloring on the DoS travel website I found: http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/photofaq/photofaq_5291.html ...


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Why do you need to give them an excuse? [Currently] we have the right to opt-out, no questions asked. Having to explain yourself eats away at this right. I've never been asked why I opted-out, but if I was, I think I would say something like "to protest overly-burdensome security regulations". Which is the truth.


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An acronym for 'Secondary Security Screening Selection' or 'Secondary Security Screening Selectee' which is an airport security measure in the United States and Canada which selects passengers for additional inspection Though there is no published criteria how passengers are selected for SSSS, Wiki page lists few probable ones.


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It's an interesting dilemma to be sure. Normally I pack wire ties into my carry on not the whole bag of them buy just enough to tie the locks on the luggage. They are easily removed with scissors or wire cutters but it does tell you if the bag you have checked in have been messed with since having the exact brand make of the wire ties is difficult at best. ...


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The TSA guide says that "Realistic Replicas of Explosives" are not allowed, and yours kind of qualifies. Of course it lacks a critical component, namely an accelerant and/or explosive, but good luck convincing airport authorities anywhere in the world. The best thing that comes to mind is to disassemble partly the components, particularly the analog ones -- ...


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This is becoming more and more common with more modern surgery, and things being done that couldn't be done in the past. Naturally with increased security these days, it's also more common that you'll get picked up as having metal on/in you. There are a few things you can do (and I have personal experience with this, with quite a bit of metal in my chest): ...


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My passport has a photo taken before I grew my beard. Since growing the beard I've traveled extensively, including the US. Never had any border official so much as comment on this. I should note that my beard is of modest thickness. A big, bushy beard may alter your appearance enough to cause issues.


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The only possible difference is that in the EU, they may not have the TSA keys. Therefore it just becomes like a normal lock that you have the keys for and they don't. So worst case, they may flag the bag for inspection and require you to open it for them. Indeed in Europe you're still allowed to lock it with whatever lock you want, so it's perfectly ...


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It isn't a weapon, tool, flammable, explosive, chemical or liquid, so I can't imagine that it would be a problem. It isn't listed by the TSA as a prohibited item. I'd say just put it in the bottom of your bag and not worry about it. If you are travelling internationally, you may have an issue with customs depending on your country of origin and destination, ...


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Millions of smartphones and 10's (if not 100's) of thousands of Kindles/E-book readers go through airport scanners every day. So far I believe the number that have apparently been damaged by airport scanner stands at about 2 for Kindle, and I've never heard of a smartphone being damaged by any form of scanners. (And in the case of the Kindles there's ...


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I can give an answer to this because this happens to me very regularly, for a good reason. Typically for holders of US / UK / European / Australian / NZ passports, a wide range of countries do not require a visa in advance, or often issue them on arrival. If you're travelling within North America or Europe where these visa rules are well-known, an airline ...


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One notable exception to the existing answers: If you have darker skin, and grow a particularly long/unkempt beard, you might open yourself up to some forms of racial and ethnic profiling. I have a friend who is of mediterranean descent, and has a beard that is a good 9 inches in length. He has to budget an extra two hours to pass through any airport, ...


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It depends on the origin and destination airport For most flights, liquids purchased after the security check can be taken on-board the plane. Not all though... For an example, at the moment (2011), for flights to Australia, no liquids (beyond the 150ml limit) may be taken onto the plane with you - there's an additional security + liquids check at ...


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It's like any animal product - you'd have to declare it - better safe than sorry. However, if they're anything like New Zealand - who are VERY strict, they can fumigate / sterilise / wash any suspect item. For example, a friend brought an Ostrich egg back from South Africa. They took it for a couple of weeks, processed it, and mailed it back to him, all ...


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If you notice your luggage has been tampered with before customs inspection, immediately alert airport security/police/customs agents (whichever is closest). What happens after is impossible to tell. Most likely at the very least your bags will be confiscated as evidence in a criminal investigation. You may also be detained or even arrested at least for the ...


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X Rays don't penetrate metal. Circuit boards have a lot of metal and solder, making it easy to conceal items within. If the TSA can't see it, they get nervous. Hence the 'take out your laptop.' (Why they don't require that of iPads, I don't know.) Now, all this being said, you can get bags that have laptop compartments. The only requirement is that ...


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Since you are flying internationally, you will have to clear customs and re-check your baggage at Newark. You can carry your duty free purchase on board the Glasgow-Newark leg of your journey, and can then simply place in your checked baggage in Newark, for your onward connection. Some more information is available from the TSA website.


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Depends on the security measures of your departure airport. For example: Singapore Changi Airport All types of razor are prohibited. Therefore, passengers should not have any sharp objects with them or in their hand-carried baggage (for example pocket knives, nail files, box cutters, razors, scissors, corkscrews, any sharp/pointed objects, ...


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As a UK Gov directive it is still applicable. The UK Border Agency Rules, Para 36 states A person who intends to remain in the United Kingdom for more than 6 months should normally be referred to the Medical Inspector for examination. If he produces a medical certificate he should be advised to hand it to the Medical Inspector. Any person seeking ...


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In general the answer is going to be that no, it will not cause any issues. Immigration officers are trained to look for features beyond those that may be covered by hair, so although they may need to look a little closer at you to determine that the photo matches, they will still be able to confirm your identity. However there is one place where this may ...


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Yes. According to the TSA website, but you will have to declare them to security personel and they will have to be x-rayed we are continuing to permit prescription liquid medications and other liquids needed by persons with disabilities and medical conditions... However, if the liquid medications are in volumes larger than 3.4 ounces ...


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Optimal decision depends on the circumstances, including reliability of the police/judicial process, your access to a good lawyer, and your personal situation. If you're a reasonably wealthy, respectable-looking professional traveling to the U.S. or Western Europe, your best bet is to alert the authorities immediately, not make any extensive statements, and ...


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I have had SSSS once. I extended my stay - I was supposed to fly home let's say Thursday night, but Thursday morning I changed my tickets so I would fly home Friday night. When I checked in I was specifically told by the checkin agent that the change was the reason for the SSSS - I was taking a flight I had booked the previous day. She, and everyone else ...


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The TSA actually has a section devoted to this on their website: You may bring skydiving rigs with and without Automatic Activation Devices (AAD) as carry-on or checked luggage. Typically, a rig will move through the checked luggage or carry-on security screening process without needing physical inspection. However, TSA security officers have ...


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Aircrew aren't worried about your carrying on "liquids", they're worried about your drinking alcohol. If someone is "getting high off his own supply" as Tony Montana used to say, they might have trouble cutting him off if he gets unruly. Presuming your doctor just wants to make sure you have plenty of water, just bring an empty water bottle and explain ...


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Generally, if you have a through booking, then if you miss the flight because of the airline's fault then you become their problem. This doesn't mean you'll automatically get put on the next flight. You'll need to talk to the airline and ask for help, and ask for re-booking. If the next flight has spare seats, then all should be well. Most likely though, ...


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It should be Ok You are allowed to take baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand baggage... You are allowed to take enough for the journey. In some cases this may be over 100ml. The adult carrying the baby food or milk may be asked to verify it by tasting. From DirectGov - Air travel hand baggage rules



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