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I know that generally speaking everyone traveling to the US from abroad have to pick up their luggage, go through customs with it, and then check it in again for their next flight. But is this also necessary when traveling on a precleared flight from Canada?

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In my experience of flying from Vancouver, B.C. to the US I handed my luggage over basically to the TSA in Vancouver and picked it back up again when I reached my final destination in the US (which included a change of planes in Chicago)

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    I can confirm this always applies if having a Connection in the same booking. – Crazydre May 23 '18 at 19:10
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    Nitpick: You gave your luggage to the CATSA in Vancouver (the Canadian government agency), not the TSA (the American government agency.) – Michael Seifert May 23 '18 at 19:11
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    @MichaelSeifert CATSA .. see .. it even says TSA in their name! But yeah, it's been a while and at ugly AM hours of the morning I wasn't really paying attention to whom I was giving my bags - just that I was following the correct queue. – Peter M May 23 '18 at 20:02
  • I flew Vancouver to Calgary to US and I did not have to handle my luggage. What they did is show me a picture of my luggage on a screen and I had to verify that it was indeed my luggage. That was it. – noslenkwah May 23 '18 at 20:53
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No, if arriving on a pre-cleared flight and having a connection in the same booking, you don't need to pick up luggage, as you'll already have cleared customs, which is the reason for you otherwise needing to pick up the luggage.

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