If I have a bench warrant, will I able to leave the United States without any issues? Because my charge was PL 145.05 mischief, and I didn't attend court in New York, will I able to go to my home country from a different state's international airport?

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    Do you intend to go to or transit in Canada/India/Indonesia?
    – xngtng
    Jan 8 at 9:24
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    Flying from an airport in a different state isn't likely to change the outcome. I don't think local authorities are notified of departing passengers, only CBP. CBP will know about your warrant -- or not know about it -- regardless of which state you fly from.
    – phoog
    Jan 8 at 9:38
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    Why not going to court? Worst case you will be deported, but so probably without a ban or a shorted ban, compared to flying away. -- but ask a lawyer Jan 8 at 13:53
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    This is a classic "consult a lawyer" question. The TSA or CBP may or may not know about your warrant, (either now or even any time in the future when you simply fly over the US). If they know, you may or may not be arrested on the spot (depending on the warrant). But the best outcome is to address the warrant. Turn yourself in deal with the consequences.
    – Peter M
    Jan 8 at 14:25
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    @PeterM suppose someone checks in for a flight and the "outstanding warrant" alert goes off. The nearest law enforcement officer is minutes away in an office somewhere. The only place they're going to have a good chance of making contact with the subject of the warrant is going to be the gate. TSA agents are not law enforcement officers.
    – phoog
    Jan 9 at 3:20


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