Hand luggage and hold luggage are both screened. With regard to dangerous goods different rules apply to both. At the gate, if the cabin bins are full and passengers are permitted to put their hand luggage down in the hold, are these bags rescreened for lighters, lithium batteries or powerbanks? These are allowed to be carried on but due to the fire risk not allowed in the hold.

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    "Why are lithium batteries allowed on planes anyway?" because literally everyone wants to travel with them?
    – njzk2
    Apr 24 at 17:19
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    "Why are lithium batteries allowed on planes anyway?" because you'd be grumpy if they told you to leave your [cell phone/laptop/tablet/just about every electronic device you own] at home.
    – FreeMan
    Apr 24 at 17:30
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    Related: Forbes reports the FAA reckons that lithium battery fires in hand luggage have risen from 9 in 2014, to 62 in 2022. Apr 24 at 17:38

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Yes, in general when you agree to gate-check your roll-a-board, they are supposed to ask if you have any vital medications, id, any electronics, and so on, and get you to remove them and squeeze them somehow into your "personal item" which you are still taking on board.

Do they always do this? No. We all have stories about them forgetting to ask. But it is what they are supposed to do and what they usually do.

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    I've gate checked my bag ~6 times on domestic US flights and was never asked anything.
    – JonathanReez
    Apr 24 at 18:10
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    @JonathanReez I have also never been asked. US domestic and Canada to US
    – Midavalo
    Apr 24 at 18:24
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    Also have had bags gate-checked at a number of occasions. Never was I asked anything about the contents of the bag.
    – MastaBaba
    Apr 24 at 21:26
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    I’ve never heard this explicitly asked, even on long-haul flights I’ve been on, but in almost every case when I’ve flown I’ve also not seen anybody gate check things unless the gate agent announced a request that things be gate checked, and such requests have always mentioned that this stuff needs to be taken care of before gate checking a bag, so there may also be some assumption that people who are gate checking know that they need to pull this stuff out beforehand. Apr 25 at 3:42
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    get you to remove them and squeeze them somehow into your "personal item" which often involves removing some items from said "personal item" and putting them into the checked bag and/or pants/coat pockets.
    – FreeMan
    Apr 25 at 12:23

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