Questions tagged [airport-security]

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

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Airline abbreviated infant's first name to single letter. Problem?

There are already a lot of questions on this site regarding ticket/passport name mismatches, but here is one with an extra twist: We just booked a flight from Berlin to Boston (including return flight)...
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Do disposable contact lenses need to be declared as “liquids”?

I recently swapped over from glasses to using disposable contact lenses. I'm already planning on carrying "travel-size" contact lens solution bottles to stay under the limit for liquids. What about ...
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Can I bring an 18x6x6 inch Metal Box on Flight?

So I need to travel a very short domestic flight with a handmade box. It has some components I'm not so sure would be allowed through TSA, which are: Metal Rails Electronics Panel Computer Fans with ...
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Can airlines open your checked-in luggage without telling you?

Because of the specific way I close the zippers, many times I noticed that when I received my checked-in luggage, it was opened and carelessly closed at some point in the journey. Nothing was missing, ...
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I will be traveling to Hawaii soon. I'm 18 years old and only have my school ID

I will be going to Honolulu, Hawaii from Texas soon. I don't have an identification except for my school ID, but I'm 18 years old. Will I be allowed through security and be able to board a flight?
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Can I carry a lighter with me from Changi Airport on Singapore Airlines?

While in Singapore, I have purchased a (Singapore-themed) butane lighter as a gift for someone else. If I'd taken a moment to think about it, I wouldn't have bothered because of the uncertainty, but ...
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What can I wear to avoid getting frisked and crotch searched by TSA at the airport?

A year ago, traveling through an airport in the United States, I did the usual removal of belt and shoes to get through the TSA checkpoint to enter the terminal. I typically wear relaxed fit jeans. ...
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Can I bring a single shot of live ammunition onto the plane from US to UK as a souvenir?

I’m on holiday in the US and I’m planning on going to shoot some guns at the gun range. As a souvenir, I would like to bring a single shot of ammo (maybe a 9mm or something small) with me to the UK, ...
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Can I check-in and clear security at the international terminal in Atlanta for a domestic flight?

At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the domestic and international terminals are connected by the Plane Train within the airport's secured area. The few times that I've had ...
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Why does one sometimes have to go through two subsequent security gates at El Alto International Airport (LPB, La Paz, Bolivia)?

I took a flight from El Alto International Airport (LPB, La Paz, Bolivia) to Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ, Cusco, Peru), and passengers for this flight (boarding gate R20) were required to go ...
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After passing through immigration at the airport, is it possible to cancel the stamp and go back?

If I stamped my passport for an international flight as we usually do before international departures and then I changed my mind for any reason, for example a family emergency reason. What's the ...
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Can you request a frisk search be performed by an opposite sex officer at the airport?

This is something I've wondered. I watch border security shows (Australia Front Line, Nothing To Declare UK, Border Security Canada) and when customs officers are suspicious that travelers may be ...
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Can I safely eat whatever goes through the x-ray machine?

This might be an odd question, but I often take a sandwich or fruit to eat while waiting for the airplane. This means that my food goes through the security x-ray machine. I don't understand much ...
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Bringing HIV Medications from Pakistan to Kyrgyzstan for a friend

A friend is asking me to buy his HIV and Hepatitis C medicines from Pakistan and travel with them to Kyrgyzstan, where he lives. His doctor here in Pakistan has provided me with his prescription with ...
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Can we avoid paying import duty for a work laptop temporarily shipped to India via DHL?

My girlfriend is an Indian national who has been living in the UK for more than 10 years and now has Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. Just recently, her mom in India became ill and she ...
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Why does the TSA have a 100ml container rule for liquids when I can put the same liquid in all of the containers?

Yes, this is similar to another question, but, judging from the answers, maybe the OP wasn't clear enough in their question. According to the TSA's 3-1-1 rule, you can bring (in your carry-on baggage) ...
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Travelling with beach sand in carry-on

I'm making a trip back home (to the coast) shortly, and I would like to bring back sand from the beach with me as a keepsake or memento. It's just a short weekend trip, and I won't be checking any ...
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What kind of nail scissors have a good chance of being allowed in hand (carry-on) luggage in the EU?

I like to travel with hand luggage only when possible, but I also like to take nail scissors with me. From what I've read, it sounds like scissors shorter than 6 cm with rounded (not pointed) tips ...
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Sleeping overnight at Reagan National (DCA) airport

I am trying to book a domestic flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at the end of this month. The itinerary I am looking is such that the flight will land at DCA at around 11:00 P....
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How much hand sanitizer can be taken through airport security in the EU?

The US TSA recently increased the amount of liquid hand sanitizer allowed through airport security to 12oz up from 3.4oz (the usual rule for liquids). What about airport security in the EU? Is there ...
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What does this sticker on the back of my passport mean?

I am currently travelling in the USA and when checking in on the boarding flight to enter the country, the security personnel attached a small yellow-white sticker to my passport (see a somewhat ...
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Is it legal in Spain for a male airport security guard to ask you to lift up your blouse and swab your bare stomach?

I was randomly picked for a paper swab at Bilbao airport. I was asked to come behind a screen with a male security guard, although I am a single female. He asked me to lift up my blouse and proceeded ...
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Why are passports checked at the gate for intra-Schengen flights?

Answers to the question Why are passports checked at the check-in counter, Immigration and even at the gate? point to the fact (among others, but this is the main trend) that airlines are held ...
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Can I bring empty bullet shell casings (spent ammo) in checked luggage on an international flight?

I am on vacation in Russia and was given several spent .38 bullet shell casings as a souvenir. They were fired recently and presumably still have residue on them. I'll be flying domestic within ...
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How can I not get electrically shocked when handling my laptop in an airport?

I traveled by plane for the first time in my life 3 months ago. It was 4 trips, which meant 4 hand luggage inspections. I have a huge problem: I was asked to remove my laptop and tablet from my bag ...
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Is the claim that airport security is useless based on known information, reasonings, statistics or other sources? [closed]

While I dislike like everybody else having to go through the airports' "security theater", I don't get the logic behind the continuous lamentations claiming that these measures do nothing except ...
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Is it common for humanitarian flights to lack security control for the baggage?

Last week I took a flight from X to Y. Since Airport X is closed, they took us to the Military Airport. All the process happened outside of the building. However, they haven’t checked our baggage. I ...
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Are cruise ship harbors and airplane airports really this lax security-wise? [closed]

When traveling by commercial, low-cost airplane flights to a location, they frequently make a "stop in the middle" for some reason, forcing all the passengers to exit the plane, wait around at or near ...
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Does a federal security clearance allow you to bypass airport security?

Since the implementation of TSA security checks, boarding an plane in the U.S. has become a major hassle and time-sink. It's not uncommon to wait in line for over 1-2 hours, then have to take off your ...
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Is the TSA Lock acceptable in European Airports?

I understand if you travelling in or to the US, you can lock your luggage using the TSA Luggage Lock. (Immigration is still able to open your luggage using their own special keys) How about Europe? ...
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Going on holiday from an airport with mild temperature, can airport security detect this and think it is Coronavirus?

I am going on holiday very soon and I have a mild temperature, I feel quite well and in my honest opinion, I am fit to travel. I will take my medication with me etc. I also look quite well. I have a ...
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Can one carry an internal hard-drive in cabin-luggage?

I'm currently in the process of moving from France to Canada. I have plenty of computer equipment that I just put in boxes and that will be sent by naval transport. One thing I'm scared off though, ...
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Ceramic knives and airport (or any other) security

I ran into this question that discussed putting a ceramic knife in the carry-on luggage. Clearly that won't work, as the carry-on luggage goes through the x-ray machine and ceramics in general have ...
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3D Pen in hand luggage

Flying from the UK, will I be allowed to take a 3D Pen with me in the cabin? It is basically a hand held 3D printer head. The tip gets very hot when working but it is powered via USB, so you can get ...
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Can I bring whey protein powder on US domestic flight as carry on?

I have searched for a definitive answer to this question on google but found conflicting opinions. My question and situation is as follows: I am traveling from Ithaca, NY to Detroit, MI and back ...
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Does security personnel look at the data on my laptop if I take it as carry-on luggage from Europe to the US?

I am about to take an Air France flight in a couple days, and I received this in an e-mail from AF: Important: New security measures for travel to the USA and Canada: From now on, all electronic ...
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Can you leave Taiwan airport after going through international security?

I'm going to Taiwan in a couple months, and due to a change of plans, I'll be staying an extra week while the others I'm supposed to be flying home with will carry on. I'm not able to cancel my ...
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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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Power banks over 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh - how does airline approval work in practice?

International regulations say that you can have in carry-on maximum two 100Wh-160Wh spare lithium-ion batteries, subject to approval by the airline. There is no such requirement for batteries not ...
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TSA canines and expedited passenger screening

GAO report-18-236 indicates that US TSA passenger screening canines as a useful tool to minimize wait times and meet passenger screening demand surges. Canines are trained to detect explosives on ...
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Is 4.5 hour layover long enough to leave Montreal airport?

I have a 4.5 hour layover in Montreal, on my way to Europe. Is that enough time to leave the airport and have a quick glimpse of the city? As an American citizen, is there anything similar to TSA ...
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Which flights to the US don't permit passengers to bring water or other liquid on board (even if purchased after the security checkpoint)? [duplicate]

Flights from Lima to Houston don't allow passengers to bring water on board (even if purchased after the security checkpoint): They do screen passengers' carry-on baggage right before boarding. ...
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Will U.S airport or border patrol officials ask about my wife?

I plan to travel out of the country with a family member person who doesn't know that I am married (we're both U.S citizens). When we go through U.S custom to scan passports, would the border patrol ...
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Seattle > Los Angeles > Brisbane (Australia): Do I stay airside at LAX?

If I am doing SEA LAX (DELTA), LAX BNE (VA), can I stay airside at LAX and avoid LAX TSA.etc? Long story short: First time travelling to the USA. Heard plenty TSA / CBP / LAX horror stories. Want to ...
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Can I bring a GPU in my carry on from the USA to Chile? [duplicate]

Last time I had a GPU brought from the US it was my brother-in-law who put it in his suitcase and when he landed in Chile he noticed that at the US Customs they opened it and opened the GPU box, ...
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Checked baggage through TSA carry-on security when late for check-in?

Hi Travel Stack Exchange, Recently on a flight from LAX-BNA, I missed the cutoff for checked baggages by 6 minutes (10:15am departure, tried to check bags at 9:36). Yet, the automated check-in system ...
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Would you have to remove your jacket for the X-ray machine if you're not wearing anything underneath?

Whenever you go through the metal detectors at the airport, you're asked to remove your jacket and put it in one of the plastic trays. On a recent trip this got me thinking - what if you're wearing ...
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Can I take a metal knife and fork through airport security?

On my last flight I was served a meal with a metal knife and fork, which was a pleasant change compared to plastic utensils. This gave me the idea of packing my own utensils for the next flight as a ...
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Are cigarette lighters allowed in airports? [closed]

In India and South Korea the airports have smoking rooms. It's a nice convenience for people who feel like they have to smoke every so often but it makes me wonder... how do people light up in those ...
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Are liqueur chocolates allowed on airplane?

as you may know, Christmas is coming. My question is simple, if I offer a liqueur chocolates box to someone taking a plane after Christmas, will he be allow to take it on board or will he have to eat ...

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