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The checks and scans for illegal or dangerous items required at airports for passengers and baggage.

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Opting out of body scanner at CDG

Has anyone tried opting out of the body scanners at CDG? How did it go? Do all of the terminals have the body scanners? I don't want to go through the body scanners for a variety of reasons: privacy, ...
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Are gate-checked bags screened for items not allowed in the hold?

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 ...
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Why do American airports require shoe removal while some European ones don't?

There are some airports in Europe like Amsterdam's Schiphol where you don't need to remove your shoes to clear security. If there is a bomb in the shoes of a passenger coming in a flight from Europe ...
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Can I bring 500 grams of gold while travelling to Canada for 2 weeks on a visit visa?

Can I bring 500 grams of gold while travelling to Canada for 2 weeks on a visit visa? It’s my first time visiting Canada and I’m a bit worried. Some answers might help. I will bring it back with me ...
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Can nitroglycerin medication cause problems when going through airport security? [duplicate]

It's well documented that bottles of sublingual nitroglycerin spray are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage, as an essential personal medication: Nitroglycerin medication Carry on baggage: Yes ...
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American transiting Frankfurt to Heathrow - did I miss a sign?

In 2018, my wife and I (both American citizens on US passports) flew Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA) to London Heathrow (LHR) with only carry-on luggage (no checked bags). When we arrived (...
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DHS Selectee and SSSS

For those familiar with DHS and the infamous SSSS, can you be informed of your status as "DHS SELECTEE" in advance and asked to provide information on ESTA even as a Canadian citizen? It ...
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My fiancé is held for ransom in the UAE, what do I do?

My fiancé is being held at the airport. He has been working on an oil rig for 3 months and is from the USA. He got paid in cash. His luggage was checked, and now the officers are threatening him with ...
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Do large scars get flagged on airport security scanners?

If someone has any larger scars (think e.g. major surgery, abscesses,…), is this something that could get flagged on millimeter wave airport security scanners? I remember reading about a breast cancer ...
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Alcohol duty free refused at Dubai

I had a flight from Toronto, Canada (YYZ) to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB) to Ahmedabad, India (AMD). In YYZ, I checked in two bags (which I’d get in AMD), and had one carry on. After passing ...
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Water on US-bound flights?

I am very confused about the limitations of bringing water aboard a plane that is traveling to the US. Do they allow you to carry a bottle on if you need to take medication? And is it only for certain ...
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Priority Security / Immigration for Star Alliance Gold passengers

I know that some airports like Frankfurt have a special fast track line for security for Star Alliance Gold passengers. I was wondering, do any airports extend this perk to immigration too? Somehow I ...
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My given name is used as First Name and Last Name on my flight ticket: Any issues?

Since my passport only includes a given name 'John Smith' without a surname, and my flight ticket is booked with 'John' as the first name and 'Smith' as the last name, could this cause any issues for ...
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Can I carry 0.177 caliber airgun from Canada to India [duplicate]

I am an Indian resident seeking to ensure a seamless airport experience by proactively confirming details to preemptively address any potential issues. Can I carry 0.177 caliber airgun with me from ...
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Flying into Switzerland (from EU country); foodstuff restrictions

I am flying to Switzerland from an EU country (Greece) and am wondering whether there are any restrictions in place regarding type and quantity of foodstuffs I may bring with me for personal ...
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Can we take liquids in transit at Doha

We are travelling to Hongkong via Doha. If we buy liquids duty free in Manchester will we be allowed to take these through Doha or is the 100ml rule in place
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Will Custom Printed Luggage with QR Codes Confuse Airport Scanners?

I'm planning to order custom printed luggage to promote a business, and I'm considering incorporating a QR code for easy access to more information. I've read a question on StackExchange about issues ...
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Air travel with goldfish

I know there are plenty of options for travelling with cats and dogs, but is travelling with a fish something that's possible? Back in the day, it probably wasn't an issue, but safety regulations ...
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City break during 6h transit in Delhi

My international flight should land at 8:05 at Delhi on Sunday and my domestic flight is scheduled at 14:30. I would like to visit the city as 6 hour seems like lots of time. I dont need to check in ...
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How does boarding by face-scanning work?

Recently, when boarding from MUC to ATH, the gate agent told us that no identification documents or boarding passes were needed. Instead, we boarded by having our face scanned by a camera mounted on ...
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Why are airport security checks different around the world?

I have lived in Spain many years (born there) and then moved to UK in 2015. Traveled mostly in Europe and North Africa. Also once to Argentina and Tokyo. Since then I have noticed a major difference ...
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How early can you arrive for a international (trans-border) flight from Vancouver YVR?

If I'll be in Vancouver, Canada at about 10am, and my Air Canada flight to San Diego doesn't leave until about 8:45pm, would I typically be allowed to check in (with luggage) and clear security in ...
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Why am I getting weird security questions with CLEAR?

A couple of times airport staff in SF/NY have tried to enroll me in CLEAR. I'm on a visa (O1), but I have a California ID card, so I should be eligible. That's at least what the staff has told me ...
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Are trekking poles which fold small any more likely to be accepted in hand luggage in British airports (and elsewhere)?

Trekking poles are normally not allowed in hand luggage at British airports. Is this the case specifically for trekking poles which are folded into multiple sections (three or more)? I am also ...
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Does it matter what ID you show TSA when flying internationally from the US?

Bit of a random question, but does it matter what form of ID you show to TSA when flying internationally? For example, could you show any of the acceptable forms of ID listed on the TSA website? Or do ...
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carrying HDDs on international flight as a carry-on?

I purchased 2 x 4TB WD Reds in USA and I want to carry them with me back to my home country i.e. India. My flight is direct flight from SFO to BOM. Its Indian airline. I chose this flight to try out ...
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Why some flights do not allow connection without going through security

I just had a "connecting" flight done through two separately booked tickets (the service I use did the bookings for me automatically). I was expecting the airport I was connecting through, ...
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Can we get out of transit airport after immigration is complete at the port of entry airport?

I am traveling from USA to Ahmedabad via Mumbai. I have a layover of 6 hrs in Mumbai. Can I go out of airport after my immigration is done in Mumbai?
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Security after landing in Frankfurt airport

I was recently flying from the US to India via Frankfurt. After landing in Frankfurt airport, I was allowed to proceed to my gate to board my next flight. However, on the way back, all passengers on ...
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Skip Heathrow flight after passing security

A friend of mine is transiting through Heathrow Terminal 5 and they don't have a UK visa. In order to meet my friend, I am planning to book a cheap flight out of Terminal 5 around the same time my ...
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Do I clear customs in EWR if I have an onward domestic flight? What about my luggage?

I fly from Paris Orly airport (ORY) into Newark (EWR) on La Compagnie (terminal B), then fly on United from EWR to Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) (assume terminal C). La Compagnie said they do not ...
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Effect of Denied Entry Stamp from Spain

I had a flight from Istanbul to Managua, transiting through Barcelona, Spain, and Bogotá, Colombia. I boarded my plane from Istanbul to Barcelona and made the transit. While attempting to board the ...
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How can one view the rules for going through the security checkpoint at a given airport?

For example, sometimes airport security allows passengers to keep their water bottle even though it's over 100mL or keep their shoes on, while sometimes they do not. I would like to know the rules ...
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Is it safe to keep the outer pockets of checked-in baggage unlocked?

I have a big travel bag which I will use as checked-in baggage. It has pockets with zipper. I don't plan to put anything in them and thinking to just leave them unlocked. Would that be safe? Am I ...
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Why do some airports shuffle connecting passengers through security again

This appears to be a duplicate of Why does connecting flight need a security check at connection airport? but the accepted answer IMO simply doesn't apply to my specific example. In many "good&...
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Will I go through security again when making a stop in same country

I have a flight from Alicante (ALC) Spain to London Heathrow, with a layover in Madrid Spain, will I need to go through security again in Madrid? Or because it's in same country there will be no ...
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If an airport does not have a KCM access point can crew with KCM credentials use TSA Pre-Check lanes?

From Knowncrewmember.org/rules: To clarify my question, I want to emphasize that this blurb states that this is "When selected for additional screening" at a KCM checkpoint, which not every ...
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Do I need to recheck my baggage when transiting in AMS

I am travelling from USA to INDIA through AMS, do I need to check in my luggage at AMS again? It was a single reservation, I got my whole ticket together.
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When does Narita do security screening for international transit passengers?

In September I travelled from Singapore to the US via NRT, and in November I travelled in the reverse direction from the US to Singapore via NRT. Both trips were operated by Japan Airlines. In the ...
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Taking LaserJet printer and cartridge on flight

I have a LaserJet printer and planning to bring it on an international flight with me. What can I do with the toner cartridge? Should I put it in my carry-on luggage or leave it here and buy a new one ...
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Source for reliable information on transit rules at a specific airport?

Two important factors in determining the complexity and viability of a connection are: Are there airside connections between place A and place B? Even if there are, do I still have to go through ...
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Pre-checking security at BLR ... typical, and what to do in general?

I flew BLR to DXB a couple of weeks ago on Emirates. I was taken aback to discover that there was a security check to get into the airport at all, where the requirements were ID and Boarding Pass. ...
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Accessing the content of your check-in baggage in baggage claim at an international airport

I recently returned to the U.S. from a business trip. I claimed my bag at the baggage claim area. As this was an international flight, I was on the arrival side of customs. Still a secure area or ...
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Overnight in OSL between SFO and LYR -- can I stay on the same side of security?

I am flying from the US (from San Francisco), through Frankfurt (transferring planes), and landing in Oslo close to midnight local time. The next morning, I fly out of Oslo to Longyearbyen Svalbard. ...
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Are security wait times at London Heathrow airport published live on a website?

Is there any link that gives the current wait times for Heathrow security at departure? Specifically I was interested in knowing about Terminal 2 departures. I know Frankfurt and some other airports ...
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Does any aviation authority / country have a limit lower than 100 watt hours (Wh) per lithium-ion battery in carry-on luggage?

My laptop has a 99.9WHr battery. faa.gov mentions: Size limits: Lithium metal (non-rechargeable) batteries are limited to 2 grams of lithium per battery. Lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries are ...
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Does international-to-domestic connection in Canada require baggage claim and drop-off followed by CATSA pre-board security? [closed]

Consider a passenger with a connecting flight itinerary X->Y->Z, where X is an airport outside of Canada, and Y and Z are two airports in Canada. In other words, at airport Y the passenger has ...
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Questions about Declaring Goods at Canadian Airport Customs

I'm a Canadian citizen currently visiting family abroad for a month and a half, and for some reason I've been irrationally anxious about declaring goods at Canadian customs. For context, I am ...
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First time flying with carry-on only. Can I carry double edged razor blades with me?

Blades are in their original pack. All toiletries are in a separate small bag. That's inside my luggage Is this ok? I live nomadically so it's not like I have a home I can leave it behind and I don't ...
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Leaving Mumbai airport departure premises before check in

If I enter the Mumbai international airport and decide not to fly even before checking in, can I leave the departure premises? What would be the procedure? I am asking because at Mumbai airport there ...
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