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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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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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Why were holes drilled into my luggage when I entered the US?

Around a month ago, I entered the US for the first time. A couple of days back, I was reorganizing stuff, and happened to notice three holes: punched into the side of the bag I had used while ...
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TSA broke a lock for which they have a master key. How can I claim compensation?

My suitcase got stuck in Singapore and arrived a day later which is no issue. The cling foil I had it wrapped in was removed which I found surprising but no real issue either. What did surprise me was ...
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TSA didn't relock my bag after they opened it. How can I lock it?

Flying in the US, my bag was opened by TSA, and TSA didn't relock it. Now, whatever combo I enter, the bag remains unlocked. It's a combo lock with a TSA compliant keyhole. TSA didn't break the lock, ...
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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 common is it for airport officers to steal valuables from luggage?

I've heard that this happens frequently with the TSA in the United States and almost always in checked-in bags. I'll be travelling soon to Los Angeles for a holiday and I don't know whether to be ...
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Will TSA allow me to carry a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)/sleep apnea device?

When traveling with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) medical device (commonly used for sleep apnea), will it need to be removed from your carry on bag when going thru security with TSA Pre-...
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“Do not board” message at the airport check-in?

I was booked on a flight for Chicago from Bangalore (India), I have a B1 visa. During check-in at the airport counter (for air India) they guy (who generates the boarding pass) said he gets an error ...
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Can TSA open regular suitcase combination locks? How?

I just flew back from the USA, and found a TSA notice in my suitcase that it had been inspected. I could tell that they checked a couple of items, but thankfully nothing was removed or damaged. Now ...
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Can others in my party go through TSA PreCheck?

If I have TSA PreCheck (i.e. I have a KTN from TSA and the "pre-check" logo gets printed on my boarding pass) and a travel companion does not, can they go with me through the PreCheck security lines? ...
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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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What items are forbidden to take when traveling to the US that would be OK in most other countries?

I am aware of a couple of items that are not allowed to take when traveling to a US destination (from abroad), even though they would be OK in most other countries: Kinder Eggs 6 or more "obscene ...
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Are wet wipes subject to the TSA's 3-1-1 Liquids Rule?

If I want to bring a packet of wet wipes with me on a plane, do I need to put them into the one-quart ziploc bag with all my other 3 ounce liquid containers? The TSA 3-1-1 Liquids Rule page doesn't ...
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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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What's the difference between 'Redress Number' and 'Known Traveler Number'? Do I need both for TSA PreCheck?

I recently obtained a Global Entry card and on the back is the PASSID number that I understand is also my Known Traveler Number. When I recently tried to record my KTN with an airlines it asked for ...
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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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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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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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Is TSA lock compulsory for travel to US?

This is my first time travelling to US. All my check-in luggages are made of hard plastic and it has two side locks with key and one number lock in the front. I do not have any bags with TSA locks. Is ...
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Am I allowed to take a graphics card in my carry-on luggage?

As I will be travelling to the US in July, I was thinking of buying two graphics cards (R9 390X) over there and bring them back to Switzerland, as computer components are mostly a bit cheaper over ...
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Is not checking in any baggage suspicious?

I'm travelling from Amsterdam to New York with a stop in Reykjavik. I plan to only bring my 25L backpack. I've used it in Europe and I've found I can always buy what I can't carry. My bag is within ...
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Carry on cheese grater on domestic U.S. flight?

Will I be permitted to pack a cheese grater in my carry-on bag for a domestic U.S. flight, or will this be considered a "potential weapon" and prohibited?
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What's a “Redress Control Number”?

When booking a flight reservation recently, I noted it had a non-compulsory field asking for a Redress Control Number for your reservation. I gather this is somewhat related to the No Fly list, but ...
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Are aerosol cans allowed and safe, in checked luggage?

Is it allowed to carry aerosol spray cans (deodorant, insect repellent, waterproofer, spray paint, i.e. any common thing you can think of that typically comes in spray bottles) in the checked luggage ...
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Can I put 3.4oz (100ml) of liquid in a larger bottle, when traveling in the US?

Is the restriction on the amount of liquid in the container, or the size of the container itself? The 3-1-1 page says: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less ...
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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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How do I minimize the chances of TSA agents confisticating liquids larger than 3 ounces?

I know as a fact that I've gotten liquids larger than 3 ounces through the TSA scanner systems (such as sunscreen). I was scolded one time for bringing a shampoo container, but I was still ultimately ...
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What do you do if your driver's license was stolen a week before a domestic US flight?

Normally to get past the security checkpoint you need to show the TSA agent your boarding pass and a valid picture ID. But what happens if your wallet was stolen a week before your scheduled flight? ...
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Are non-US citizens elegible to sign up for TSA-Pre?

My understanding is that it's a more complex process, but once you're processed, it's much faster to get through airport screenings in future. Is it available to non US citizens as well, and if so, ...
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Why does the TSA allow two 3-ounce containers but not one 6-ounce container?

If I understand the TSA's 3-1-1 policy in the US correctly, you are allowed to take two 3-ounce containers of a liquid on a plane, but not a single 6-ounce container of the same liquid. Is this really ...
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What chemicals does airport security use as markers?

I recently travelled to the USA from Asia. When I arrived in Detroit they marked my E-cigarette with a clear colorless liquid using a small paint brush used for water colors. What chemical(s) do they ...
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Can I bring poppers on an airplane?

Poppers as in amyl/isobutyl nitrate. Officially used as video head cleaner and nail polish remover and room deodorizers. Unofficial use as a sex aid. Can I bring them with me while traveling? Will TSA ...
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Liquids in carry on, why and how much?

I am soon travelling from Schiphol to IAH, and I have heard about the 'resealable' bag rule. The TSA website says I can fill a 'quart' sealable bag with liquids less than 100grams. What is a 'quart' ...
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Are the TSA rules legally binding?

A user asked How do I minimize the chances of TSA agents confisticating liquids larger than 3 ounces? My question is - are the TSA rules legally binding or not? Whether or not you get charged if ...
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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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What does TSA mean by “pivot point” when talking about shears/scissors in carry-on luggage?

I'd like to bring shears with me (as in the smaller hair shears like you can get at a pharmacy) in my carry-on luggage on a flight. This is what the TSA website says about scissors: If packed in ...
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Can I go through security at US airports without being physically touched by an official?

Can we fly to the USA from Europe and back without being touched at the airport? Do you have a choice to go through a body scanner? Do all airports have them? Does it matter your country of origin?
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Will providing an incorrect suffix and prefix for a name (Dr., PhD) on a flight ticket cause issues at the airport?

I was being silly when purchasing my airline ticket and saw the options to have my name be "Dr. John Doe, PhD", so I went for it. Unfortunately I cannot legitimately claim either of those titles. ...
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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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Are live leeches allowed through TSA checkpoints?

On the most voted answer on What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?, there was a comment about leeches: Though if you're a doctor of 14th century philosophy, ...
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Carrying Metal gifts to USA (elephant, eagle & peacock) for my friends

I am travelling to Chicago (Illinois, USA) for about 20 days from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. I have few friends in Chicago, to whom I would like to give some nice gifts. My gifts are as follows : ...
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When/where should I tell TSA that I have gunpowder residue on my hands?

I visit the gun range on a regular basis. If I have a flight the next day, when/where should I tell TSA officers that I have been shooting at a gun range and therefore might have gun powder residue on ...
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How to avoid theft by TSA agents

TSA agents are known for stealing valuable things from passengers' luggage, either checked in or carried on. Is there way to avoid this? If so, what is the best way?
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Could leaving a TSA notice of baggage inspection visible in my suitcase upon opening help it avoid inspection?

I would like to avoid my suitcase being inspected to prevent loss and damage. Last time I took the airplane the TSA left a notice of baggage inspection in my suitcase. If I leave it in my suitcase in ...
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Why does TSA security vary so much for different airports?

I would assume TSA (Transportation Security Administration) security to be especially tight no matter the airport, but it seems that the different airports I have been to have often very different ...
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What is the earliest before a scheduled departure that you can get through a TSA checkpoint in a US airport?

If I am scheduled to depart from an airport for an afternoon or evening flight, what is the earliest the TSA will let me into the airport in the morning?
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How can I bring a broken tablet on an airplane to the US?

Earlier this year when in America I bought a Nexus 7 tablet and brought it with me to Argentina. The tablet stopped working shortly after arrival and nothing I tried to do made it work. By chance I'm ...
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What's the point of DHS warning passengers about Manila airport?

I've seen the following warning printed next to all TSA checkpoints in a US airport: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the determination that aviation security at Ninoy ...
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Can you bring a standard tube of toothpaste on a plane in a carry-on bag?

In the US, the TSA has very specific regulations for what can and can't be brought on a plane in a carry-on bag, especially when it comes to liquids. Can a standard tube of toothpaste be brought on a ...
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Can I connect through the USA with liquid duty-free purchases?

In the near future I'll be travelling DUB-ORD-PDX and I was wondering if I can make liquid duty-free purchases in Dublin and bring them through security as carry-on luggage in Chicago O'Hare. I will ...