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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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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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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 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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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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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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Correct reasons for opting out of millimetre wave scanners

Having travelled through SFO a few times, and each time been asked to go through a millimetre wave (or backscatter) scanner, and each time 'opted out' and gone for the search (in public), I'd like to ...
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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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Is it really forbidden to take extension cords out of the Philippines?

During security screening departing the Philippines on an international flight an X-ray of my backpack showed a simple, cheap two-pronged, 2-3 meter household extension cord that I use with my laptop ...
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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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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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Can I bring a wooden dough rolling stick onto the plane(carry-on)?

Here is a picture of what I am trying to bring onto the plane. I thought since it is wooden, it might pose a threat. I'd really appreciate any help. Flying from LGA, NYC, and I do not have any ...
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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 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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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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Flying from the UK to the US with laser in carry-on

I am flying from the UK to the US for a short house hunting trip. I want to bring a laser range finder in my carry-on luggage. It is a class 2 laser so should be considered safe, but you never know ...
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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 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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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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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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Are battery packs allowed in hand luggage?

When flying, are you allowed to bring battery packs / power banks? I'd like to bring my ACC 10400mAh Power Bank on several flights.
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My name has "Mr" appended on airline ticket reservation. Would that cause problems at the airport?

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as 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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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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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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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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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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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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Utili-key "knife" and airport inspection?

I own and carry a Swiss Tech Utili-Key 6-n-1 Multitool: I love it and carry it with me everywhere. My concern is: Would it be officially allowed in cabin (inside Schengen)? If not, what are the ...
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Domestic Flight ID in India

I just want to know , if there is any procedure for senior citizen who has no ID proof to be shown at the Airport. It important for that senior citizen to travel for some medication to other state in ...
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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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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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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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Do I need to go through security at Newark airport after flying in from NC before boarding international flight to Ireland?

I will be flying from Asheville, NC to Newark with a 2 1/2 hours layover before boarding United airlines to Dublin, Ireland. Will I need to go through security again? I will not have checked ...
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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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Carrying decent cutlery while flying

Earlier in my life, when I flew less, I took a small metal knife, fork, and spoon with me most places so that I could eat anywhere without my silverware splintering into my food. Lately, I've learned ...
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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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