First of all sorry for these stupid questions, but normally my boyfriend took care of all these stuff, now I am traveling alone for the first time.

When I go to the airport, they will put my bag under than machine to check that there is nothing dangerous inside.

My question is that I can't put my passport in that bag, maybe something happened, I need to keep the passport in my hand, but I am also afraid to keep on my hand, maybe someone take it.

I thought that there should be a specific bag to hold it in my hand, and I can put my passport and my mobile and my ID and my bank card inside it, what is it please?

(I don't need that bag that every girl have, I need if there is a specific one for the passport)


after your suggestions, i bought this one, it is so thin so i can hide it under my cloths enter image description here

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    No need to apologise for the questions. ;)
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 21:08
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    Having a specific bag for the passport is just adding more chances of losing it.. a bag you are not used to carry will have more chances of being lost.. Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 2:56
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    (cont.) This bag is useful when you need to hide valuables that you are not going to use on that day (e.g. big load of extra cash). You do not want to open this bag in public, that would just telling everyone you are carrying valuable items. Unloading this bag outside just increases your chance of losing it. Any items that you are going to use between checking-out your hotel in the morning and checking-in at night might not work well with this bag. You still need to find which part of your regular bag / backpack is less vulnerable to pickpockets for frequently used items.
    – KH.Lee
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 7:35
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    The safest place is in a pocket with a zipper. Simple, and you don't have to pay too much attention to it.
    – Davidmh
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 9:13
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    What exactly do you imagine happening to your bag in the 10 seconds it takes to pass through a sealed metal box? I can understand travel anxiety but I feel like you went to extraordinary lengths to avoid mentioning either a purse or a wallet in your question.
    – Lilienthal
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 15:05

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There are wallet-like holders specifically designed to keep your passport and some other cards (credit card, healthcare card etc)

They look like this and can be bought in just about any airport shop I've been to anywhere in the world. enter image description here

This thing is though you can't keep anything on you, everything you're carrying on the plane has to go in those plastic trays through the X-Ray machine. The X-Ray won't damage your passport and no one would try to take your passport, there are so many security people there it would be silly to even try.

That said if you are still concerned you can hand it to the security person and they'll give it back right after you go through the metal detector, this way you know for sure nothing will happen to it.

No need to worry though, everyone does this all the time, in all the security lines I've been in, never seen anyone have problems with that.

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    On most airlines, 24 hours before the flight they will send you a link to print your Boarding Pass. That is what you should bring to the airport. There are, for many airlines, machines at the airport that will take your ID and print them, if you have not had the chance to do so at home. To give a more exact answer, it would help if you post your itinerary, including which airline. Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 18:33
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    A lot of airlines now support the electronic pass on the phone too, so you don't need to print it. Just check to make sure it's supported
    – blackbird
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 18:35
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    I never let my passport leave my person, not even for the X-Ray machine. I hold onto it, visibly, in my hand as I pass through the scanners, even the millimeter-wave ones that they use in the U.S. I've never had an issue with holding onto it, all they do at the other side of the scanner is shake my passport to see if anything falls out of it that I might have been hiding. Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 19:50
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    @MarkHenderson in some countries the passport is taken out of your hand and placed in the xray machine.
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 21:05
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    @JoErNanO I've been asked to do this before and have told them politely to Foxtrot Oscar. The passport should never leave your person. Do they ask for your socks? Nope. Why should you let them put your most important travel document in a machine where it leaves your sight and is then publicly accessible on the other side when you may still be in the queue? Insanity if you ask me.
    – Gusdor
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 11:32

For international trips, I use an wallet that hangs inside my trousers on a belt-loop. The fabric is extra-reinforced. This isn't my brand, but it's the same idea. My wife prefers the money pouch (similar to this). Travelling together I usually give her my passport too, and we watch very carefully for the tray containing the passports to come through the scanner.

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    In the tray I usually hide the passport and phone under my jacket or bag, the X-ray operator still sees it I recognize my bag on the other end but no one else notices my passport
    – blackbird
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 18:33
  • i did what you said, please check my update
    – sarah
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 22:47
  • I have the Eagle Creek pouch you linked to. I can highly recommend it. It's survived the Trans-Siberian and multiple trips since - I still use it! Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 1:24
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    so you are seriously considering the possibility that someone tries to steal your passport at the airport security check? beside the fact that I don't understand why anyone would do that (but I don't understand everything people do), it is virtually impossible that they wouldn't get caught instantly.
    – njzk2
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 1:42
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    Things are stolen at security checkpoints constantly and always, every second as we speak. It is, by far, the most likely place you will ever have - anything - stolen in your life. As you say, I don't know if anyone would particularly want to steal a passport, but it would be perfectly commonplace that (say) a baggie or whatever holding a passport would be stolen (even if the thief didn't particularly want a passport.)
    – Fattie
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 4:16

Hey Sarah here is one possible solution,

Keep your passport IN YOUR HAND when you go through the security check. Note that, anyway, in some/many locations they make you do this.

Your bag goes through, and you walk through the scanner with your pport/boarding pass, which you show to the scanning-person.

Regarding generally where to keep your passport:


It's that simple.

Wherever you keep your wallet (I keep mine .... "in my pocket"), then keep your passport in the same place, with it or perhaps even just inside the wallet.

That's one very simple solution that keeps it clear in your head.

You don't often lose your wallet ... right? Your passport is no more or no less important, they're equally important and critical. So, keep one with the other!

It will always be clear in your mind!

In some cases you MUST put your wallet, and passport, and phone, in a plastic tray and have them scanned. If that's the case ........ you must do that.

At airports where that is the case, the "BERG" underwear thing will not help you at all in any way, unfortunately. (Indeed, it will conveniently direct thieves to the fact you are wearing one. :) )


You should try to relax, traveling is a fun experience and although it may seem very complicated once you understand the process its is very simple to get used to it.

You will need to put any kind of bag into the machine. No matter what it contains. So if you put your passport into this thin bag, you'll have to take it off to put it through the machine.

If you are carrying a laptop, ipad or tablet with you, you'll need to take it out and place it separately.

Always, always, always carry your passport with you on your person. You can walk through the x-ray machine with the passport in your hand without a problem and no one will stop you for carrying the passport. Similarly, make sure you carry your ticket/boarding pass with you as well at all times.

The idea of a passport wallet like what was posted by @blackbird57 is an excellent idea. Another variant (and the one I personally carry) is this item:

enter image description here

Since it allows me to carry a few other things and also fits my mobile phone into one item.

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