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There's no mention of electronic boards etc in the TSA prohibited items list. So provided they aren't so heavy as to be a potential "blunt instrument" weapon, you should be ok. If they're in original packaging, that might help. Of course, they don't have to let any items through, restricted list or not. You may also wish to check the website of your ...


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The other answers are correct, but they rely on the assumption that wet wipes are not liquid, gel, aerosol, cream, or paste, without any evidence that the TSA would accept that. As you correctly pointed out in a comment, wet wipes contain liquid. How can we check whether the liquid contained in wet wipes causes them to fall under the 3-1-1 rule? Try the ...


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Normally I carry a small bag for the overhead compartment, but I was flying from Heathrow to NYC once and carrying only my baise en ville... It caused me to get flagged up for further questioning by airline security (it was a US carrier). They were very worried that no baggage was checked and I had no carry on. I was attending a party on short notice ...


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According to TSA.gov, the FAQ says no: I’m traveling with my family; can they also use the TSA Pre✓® lane? Family members ages 12 and under traveling with an eligible parent or guardian with a TSA Pre✓® indicator on their boarding pass can participate in expedited screening. Family members 13 and older must go through standard security lanes ...


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No, using a "TSA lock" is not compulsory. What using one does is enable TSA to physically inspect your luggage, if they so deem it necessary, without cutting your existing lock(s). If you use a "TSA lock", it has been designed to allow TSA to use a master key to open it. Of course, this also means, as you have surmised, that anyone else with a master key ...


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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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The TSA mandates that luggage can be opened without the owner's presence. Many suitcases therefore have special locks created by a company called Travel Sentry that are designed to be openable with some sort of code/master key. If your lock has a diamond logo like the one in this picture, it is one of those locks. Image released under CC-BY-SA license by ...


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When you're making rules like this, simplicity and objectivity are vital. You don't want (whether you're a traveller, a supervisor of the security staff, or a person trying to prevent terrorism) a situation where security staff need to make decisions on their feet based on whether the passenger's story is good enough or any other kind of judgement call. Hmm, ...


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The full list of items restricted from being brought into the United States, is maintained by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, and can be found here. Aside from the usual agricultural and weapons restrictions, be aware of the complete ban on the importation of Cuban made items, and the peculiar regulations regarding Absinthe. Also, be advised ...


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While mathematically, your logic is sound, the answer is almost always no. Basically, they're not going to measure everything out. 3.4oz (or 100ml for simpler numbers) - what if you have 98ml or 95ml? They don't have the time or the inclination to measure all to say 'yes you're under 100ml'. As a result, it'll be on the bottle size. Source: personal ...


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TSA locks are not "mandatory", in the sense that it's perfectly legal & allowed to bring any old suitcase with any old lock into the US. However, if you use a lock that is not TSA compatible, the TSA reserves the right to break it open if they need to check the contents of your bag. The "other places" you describe seem to be more about Customs issues, ...


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Building on Calchas' comment, my coworkers and I have carried large, odd-looking electronic research equipment onto international flights on numerous occasions, on different airlines, departing from and passing through different airports. We have never had a problem. Usually, bags containing such equipment are given extra screening; security will pull us ...


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Simple: Label them as saline solution. We took our shoes off and placed our laptops in bins. Schneier took from his bag a 12-ounce container labeled "saline solution." "It's allowed," he said. Medical supplies, such as saline solution for contact-lens cleaning, don't fall under the TSA's three-ounce rule. "What's allowed?" I asked. "Saline ...


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So I am reading a blog on a TSA site, which describes though not in great detail the standard operating procedure for the inspection of the bags including an automated system that triggers the bag inspection. So if the inspection is warranted a human being will pull your bag and do a manual inspection and finds the notice inside the bag. Now here is where ...


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I believe "standard" tubes of toothpaste are about 6 ounces or more. This would not be allowed within the US as TSA regulations limit liquids and gels to containers of at most 3.4 oz (100 ml). Larger containers which are partially empty are specifically forbidden. See http://www.tsa.gov/311/311-carry-ons.shtm.


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For the most part, the 3.4oz rule isn't strictly enforced, in the sense that they don't normally physically check ever single container you have to make sure that it's less than 3.4oz. If it's significantly larger than 3.4oz they will normally be able to see that on the X-ray, and will physically inspect it. As an example, I travel with a can of spray ...


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The TSA was created by the act of Congress, which also empowers it to make and enforce regulations, and gives the executive branch the authority to press charges. In addition there are also FAA regulations which are also authorized by the Congress. Acting against the TSA/FAA regulations is acting against regulations placed by an agency authorized by the ...


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No you do not. A Known Traveler Number is for PreCheck. You can get into PreCheck via a number of programs, including Nexus. For Nexus people, put your PASSID (from the back of your card) into the Known Traveler Number field. A redress number is like an override if your name is on the Do Not Fly. Most of us don't have them. But people with the same name as ...


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As you're going from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 you will need to re-clear security, and your duty free liquids will not be allowed through regardless of how they are packaged. Normally the solution to this would be to put the duty free in your checked luggage after clearing customs, but given that you're on a "pre-cleared" flight you are correct in that your ...


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The only requirement is that the boarding pass must be "same day", so there is no real limit as to when you will be allowed through security as long as it's the same day as the departure. The only exception to this would be a flight leaving shortly after midnight in which case you will be allowed through security the day before, although in this case it's ...


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There are no rules, either TSA, FAA, airline or otherwise, that would stop you from taking a wireless mouse (or most any other "transmitting" device) through security and onto a plane. However once you're on the plane there are rules specific to radio transmitting devices, which a wireless mouse is. With very few exceptions, the rules are broken into two ...


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It probably depends on how your cheese grater is constructed. You can see the official list of prohibited items on the TSA web site. The most relevant section seems to be the "sharp objects" section, which lists: Box Cutters Ice Axes/Ice Picks Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives Meat Cleavers Razor-Type blades - such as ...


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Yes, you will have problems passing through airport security - however you WILL almost certainly be allowed through. The TSA page on acceptable IDs states : We understand passengers occasionally arrive at the airport without an ID, due to lost items or inadvertently leaving them at home. Not having an ID does not necessarily mean a passenger won't ...


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I've been to the States three times, flying once from Paris, and twice from London with just one backpack and no checked in luggage. The airports were Newark, San Francisco, and Denver. I wasn't stopped or questioned once.


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Nothing official. But on several discussions from 2010 and 2012 including FlyerTalk there seem to be no issues related to bringing laser range finders on board. The only specifics from the TSA is the list of prohibited items, which doesn't include laser rangefinders.


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As for protection against any kind of breach: don't be an easy target. TSA is not extremely likely to steal your belongings. Nevertheless, it does happen and you can protect yourself against it in multiple ways. Checked luggage While there is nothing you can do to stop them from taking your stuff, you can make it not worthwhile. Who'd take a chance of ...


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In my experience, airports in the EU are a bit less strict with locks. I have seen several items of baggage that have normal little padlocks on them, not these fancy "approved" locks.


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Yes and No. There are a few different ways to get TSA Pre - each with it's own restrictions. You can get access via your airline, particularly if you're a frequent flyer. Historically you had to specifically request to gain access via this means, however many airline now will automatically submit you for access. Check with your airline to see if there's a ...


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Turns out that when I tweeted Jet Blue they were willing to work with me and change the name on the ticket to First Middle Last. This should solve my problem since First Middle Last is on my passport. I find it a bit odd these days that you have more luck getting help from Twitter instead of using the normal channels of your travel agent OR calling the ...


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I live in the UK and until not too long ago, I used to fly between London (LHR) and Boston (BOS) quite often, up to a dozen times a year. Most of these trips to the USA were for short periods, the longest being about a week, but quite a few were literally for a weekend (i.e. flying to USA on Friday evening and flying back to UK on Sunday evening). For most ...



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