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'Transportation Security Administration', is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the safety and security of the traveling public in the United States.

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Can I take a walking stick on an Alaska Airlines flight?

I have a thick wooden stick, decorated and has tape. And it is NOT a weapon; it doesn’t fit in my bag. but can I still keep it? I’m traveling to Oregon, and the flight I’m going on is Alaska Airlines. ...
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Combining medication into one container

I am traveling soon, away for 8 weeks. Yesterday my doctor prescribed me a new medication that I have to take every day while I'm away (2x tablets per day), unfortunately the pharmacy only has these ...
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Can I fly domestically in the USA with an expired passport? [duplicate]

I have a passport that has expired for over a year and I just turned 18. The flight leaves in less than three weeks, so I don't think I can get a RealID or a passport renewal in time for the flight. I ...
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Is the 3-1-1 and clear bag requirement ever enforced?

Traveling with my family this week, and my wife is a stickler for the rules. The TSA Travel Checklist website says you must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule: 3.4 ounces or less per container 1 quart ...
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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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For non-citizen Nexus holder (Canadian PR), worth getting GE only for TSA Pre?

I have Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) and obtained Nexus membership a couple years ago. Although I've been enjoying the benefits, I don't receive the full benefit as a non-US/non-Canadian citizen ...
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Portable oxygen concentrator

If I travel with a portable oxygen concetrator but I am not using it on the plane does it still have to be an FAA approved device. I only use it at night with a CPAP machine.
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One last name in Passport, Two last names in plane ticket

I bought a ticket to travel to Spain from Los Angeles through Iberia, and when I entered my name, without thinking I put my first name, paternal last name and maternal last name, and I realized my ...
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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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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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Red body glow on TSA cat scan

Every time my 87 year old mother goes through a TSA scan, her body glows red on the screen and she has to be patted down. Why would her body glow red? (The agent showed me her screen)
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What can I do if my pomade tin is 0.1 oz over the TSA limit?

I use a pomade I probably couldn't find where I'm traveling. I know the TSA has a 3.4 oz limit to liquids. My pomade tin is 3.5. How do I risk-free deal with this? Use a red marker to get rid of the ...
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Are foreigners required to use a passport as ID for domestic flights within the US?

I'm trying to determine whether foreigners (tourists etc, not resident) are required to show their foreign passport as ID when checking in and going through TSA checks when flying domestic within the ...
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How to fly within US without Passport/ID/Driver license?

I just turned 18 recently, I have neither of those above and any main form of ID. Can I use my school ID, Naturalized Citizenship certificate, and Vaccination card to fly within US? Specifically LA to ...
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Can a non-US citizen board an outbound plane (leave the US) without a passport back to home country?

Let's say I am a foreign student in the United States and I applied for another country's visa at their consulate in Washington DC. They are holding my passport for visa stamp and it takes 6-8 weeks ...
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Domestic US flights with expired passport

My passport will expire soon and to get a new one I must go back to my home country, which I plan to do in few months. I have a valid Visa until 2023. I would like to travel within the US before going ...
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Bringing baby food through TSA

I will be traveling with my son who's under the age of 2. I saw that the TSA allows to bring a reasonable amount of baby food if you're traveling with children. Is Gerber's Lil' Entrees for toddlers ...
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TSA PreCheck not showing on my wife's boarding pass

I've looked at previous questions regarding this, and solutions seem somewhat varied. The last two times my wife and I have traveled together, she hasn't received the PreCheck notation on her boarding ...
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Why does the TSA frisk you after having you pass through the scanner?

Why does the TSA frisk you after you have gone through the body scanner? This has happened to me every time I fly and a few times the "frisk" was unannounced. The first time a TSA agent ...
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Does US CBP or TSA require a notarized consent letter for a minor leaving the US with one parent?

Based on the Customs and Border Protection website, I understand that A single parent entering the US with a child may be asked for a notarized consent letter signed by the other parent, and Some ...
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Can I arrange for TSA to pre-approve an item for carry-on luggage?

The TSA website gives a list of permitted items for the carry-on. However, they also mention that the final decision lies in the hand of the security agents. Is it possible to ask the TSA to "pre-...
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Can I bring my desktop parts with me to Canada?

I'm from Philippines and I'll be studying in Canada. I will fly in a week, and I'm suddenly speculating if it's okay to bring my desktop parts as checked-in luggage with me. I have dismantled my parts ...
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Why would TSA force me to get patted down in a private room?

Is there a reason why TSA would want to pat me down in a private room? I travel a lot, and I've been patted down many times, but usually they give me a choice between a pat down in the general area or ...
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Does SENTRI include TSA Pre-Check for Non-US citizens?

Does SENTRI include TSA Pre-Check for Non-US citizens that are not from one of the following: Colombia, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, and Mexico?
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Will a wire frame trekking backpack get past security in the US and EU?

My Gregory backpack contains a 55 cm wire frame, which can be removed (see photo). I would like to take it as carry-on. Could getting past security be a problem in the US or Europe?
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How to travel with large amounts of cash?

I know it's required to fill FinCEN 105 for $10,000+ flying internationally. However, I was wondering about my particular situation. I live in the US and plan to sell my art/merch in foreign countries ...
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Will putting prescription bottles in a ziploc bag minimize the risk of TSA agents checking it? [closed]

Suppose I am traveling with medications in prescription bottles, within the USA. Should I put the bottles in a ziploc bag (inside of carry on luggage) to minimize the risk of TSA agents checking it?
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Taking medications on plane

Suppose person A wants to take medication on a plane. He is traveling with person B who person A doesn't want to know that he is taking medication. Would TSA agents remove the prescription bottles of ...
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Can I travel without valid ID if I am registered with TSA PreCheck? [duplicate]

US domestic flight. I lost my passport and my flight is in 2 weeks. I have IDs like Student ID, but no other government ID. I am registered with TSA PreCheck though. Would it be possible to still fly ...
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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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PVC pipes in checked baggage

I need to send a PVC pipe in my checked baggage. I want to store a rolled up painting inside it so buying one at my destination isn't a solution or option. I am worried that it looks like a missile or ...
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Can I (a US citizen) travel from Puerto Rico to Miami with just a copy of my passport?

I was born in Puerto Rico so I'm a US citizen. I recently lost my driver's license and I can't find my passport. Can I fly to Florida and return to PR with just a copy of my passport? Thanks.
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Does the airport security/ TSA know how to open zipperless hardshell luggage?

I have bought a piece of hard-shell zipperless luggage from Carlton, which I will be check-in in during my Europe trip. The locking mechanism of this bag is not based on zippers but on click locks, ...
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Is it possible to check, before I buy an airline ticket, whether the TSA will be able to confirm my identity without normal proof of identity?

I live in the U.S.A., where we may board a regular commercial passenger flight only with the approval of the T.S.A. Passengers are supposed to bring proof of identity with us, and present it when ...
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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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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Background: I am a part of a university student team building a CubeSat due to be launched this September. Around mid-June, we will need to transport the CubeSat from its current location in Ohio to ...
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Revocation of Global Entry privileges for Customs violation

A couple of years ago, somebody (a US citizen) arriving in the USA from France got pulled over by Customs because of carrying an apple in her hand baggage. She was prosecuted (fined around $500) and ...
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LAX terminal 6 to terminal 7 transfer and TSA and immigration

On an Alaska Airlines flight from Puerto Vallarta to LAX terminal 6. Then a United Airlines flight departing from terminal 7 arriving at SFO. It looks like I can walk from Terminal 6 to terminal 7 ...
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What do they do if confirmed positive during US airport COVID-19 testing? [closed]

Is there a known policy for what U.S. airport/government employees will do if they test somebody for COVID-19 and find them positive? Further, is this policy dependent upon airport, state, country, ...
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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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Going through security at Ft. Lauderdale on a connecting flight

This will be my first time traveling out of the country. We will have a layover of 45 mins in Fort Lauderdale before departing to Cancun. Will we have to go through security again in Fort Lauderdale ...
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Can I buy alcohol in duty free in Belgium and take it in my carry-on luggage through TSA check in Dublin?

I'm soon taking a flight from Brussels to San Francisco with Aer Lingus via the US preclearance in Dublin. I have read elsewhere that it's ok to buy alcohol in duty free shops in Dublin if they are in ...
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Do Firearm parts have to be declared and packed separately?

I'm going to be flying with non-serialized gun components. Specifically, a stripped pistol slide and some associated parts. The ATF doesn't consider it a firearm and it is not regulated. There is no ...
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Will my brand new sealed laptop be opened for inspection in US airports?

I am getting mixed answers from the web.. I asked my parents to buy me a laptop while they are on a US trip. My mom told me if I would be okay with it being opened/unboxed for inspection in the ...
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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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How do I reset the TSA-unlocked indicator on my lock?

I have a Lewis N Clark combo lock that has the Travel Sentry feature that allows TSA to unlock it. The lock also has a feature that lets you know if TSA opened it - the TSA keyhole at the bottom will ...
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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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TSA asking to see cell phone

Traveling in the US. My plane ticket showed TSA precheck, so I was able to keep shoes on. I put everything in my book bag/ carryon, and ever the paranoid person, asked my wife to go first and grab ...
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Get back to US from Canada without passport

Im 18, never had a passport, and crossed US-Canada Border last month by car using my Vermont Enhanced Drivers License. My plan was to drive to Alaska and fly home from there, but an unexpected family ...
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Party going through airport security at separate times?

We have booked as a group of 5 people under one booking through Frontier Airlines. Four of us will be arriving together and the 5th person will be arriving alone. Is there anything that says all 5 of ...
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