Questions tagged [tsa]

'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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What forms of ID do I need to fly domestically from Arkansas after January, 2018?

My wife has an Arkansas driver's License, though it's not one of the new REAL ID licenses. The DHS says: Starting January 22, 2018, passengers who have driver's licenses issued by a state that is ...
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What Hours Are Newark Airport's Security Lines Open?

I have an upcoming flight leaving Newark Terminal B around 2am. How late are the security lines/TSA open?
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Why didn't my snowboard bag make it on the flight at O'Hare despite me arriving over 2 hours early to the airport?

I boarded at ORD (Chicago O'Hare) for a flight to Berlin Tegel via Zurich. I had 2 normal luggage items and one oversized item (snowboard equipment), which I checked in 2+ hours before departure. I ...
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TSA lock reset button stuck and now lock button is also stuck

I have a VIP skybag (I believe this does not matter). It has a 3-number TSA lock built into the suitcase. I know the combination to unlock, let's say it's 345. Recently it was locked and while there ...
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Security for US domestic flights conections

This is my first time traveling by myself. I'm aware that I have to go through Immigration the moment I set foot in the United States, but the State I arrive in is just a stop. Do I have to go through ...
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Does United Airlines have a smart suitcase ban that also bans those with removable batteries? [closed]

I have a Raden A22 carry on bag, and I'm flying on United. The Raden site says it is TSA-approved, and it has a removable battery. Have there been any new rules besides the ones affecting suitcases ...
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Is a bag of 6x4x2 (inches) dimensions 3-1-1 compliant?

It's a clear plastic bag, I am not sure how to translate 1 quart to dimensions. I've seen 1 quart bags on Amazon, and they're all of varying dimensions.
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Can I wear a lapel pin through airport security?

I usually leave my lapel pin in my suit jacket, but if necessary I can pack it into my check-in luggage. For a domestic flight within the U.S., is this something I need to worry about?
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TSA stopped observing certain PreCheck benefits at my airport

I fly through the same airport (BUR) on the same airline (Alaska) every month. This last trip the officers were not respecting PreCheck benefits. They were making PreCheck passengers remove laptops ...
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TSA unlock at airport?

My suitcase has a TSA lock. I checked it in unlocked, with the key is inside. After receiving the suitcase, it's locked. I can not unlock it, because the key is inside. What should I do? Will the ...
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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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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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Can I ask to watch a TSA officer put on gloves?

Just yesterday I had a pat down from a TSA Officer because they detected some sort of substance in my carry-on bag. As a result I needed to be patted down and it was a more thorough pat down than I've ...
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Can I bring caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) in my checked-in luggage?

I will be going to the US and from what I've heard, caustic soda is quite expensive plus you have to drive long distances to get it. I'd like to engage in some personal 'pain and pleasure' with my ...
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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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Can I travel within the US with expired I-20 and valid F-1 visa?

I have an F-1 international student visa which is still valid, and my passport is still valid, I just graduated and my I-20 expired 4 days ago. Can I still fly within the US? Will TSA agent ask about ...
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TSA and signing mobile boarding passes [duplicate]

If you go through security at the airport with a paper boarding pass, the TSA will look at your ID and then sign the pass with a pen, but if you use a mobile boarding pass, there is nothing for them ...
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Can you travel with fresh flowers on domestic flights in the US?

I will be traveling from Seattle to Florida (8 hour united flight with one layover) and would like to bring flowers along with me. Is this allowed or is it a hassle?
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Traveling to India from the US via Dubai with a Cardboard Box as Check-in Bag

I am moving from the US to India with a layover in Dubai (Emirates). I have an Indian passport. I was wondering if there would be any issues in checking in a cardboard moving box. The box would ...
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TSA Security for oversized items?

Recently I attempted to check in 50 minutes prior to a US domestic flight. But I was denied checking my suitcase and was told by the airline employee that I could only check baggage up to 1 hour ...
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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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ID required at the time I pick up my airline ticket

I'll be traveling to Dallas TX, but I'm still waiting for the state of Illinois to send me my hard copy of my driver's license all they gave me was a piece of paper with my picture on it. Can I still ...
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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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flying out of US with four (4) mechanical keyboards

I am flying out of the US (to a European destination) and I need to take four (4) mechanical keyboards (computer keyboards) to a destination with me. Each of the mechanical keyboards has the size of ...
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My boarding pass has TSA Pre on it but no check mark. What does that mean?

My boarding pass says "TSA Pre" on it, but it does not have a checkmark like in the TSA Precheck logo. What does that mean? Can I still go through the precheck lane?
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Passing through security at US airport with a brand new laptop

If I am passing through US airport security with a brand new unopened laptop box. Will I have to take it out of the box or will letting it ride as a box be sufficient?
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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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How does the TSA dog expedite the screening process? [closed]

As I understand it, the purpose of the TSA dog is to detect explosives. It was communicated to me that dog is constrained resource that would somehow alleviate a bottleneck. How would having an ...
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Is TSA rescreening required when transiting internationally through Orlando airport?

If I am flying from internationally to Orlando then immediately flying to Miami, will I need to be TSA rescreened after landing in Orlando? If so, should I expect to be rescreened in the Orlando's ...
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How does TSA ensure only Pre-Checked passengers go through Pre-Check?

Something has confused me about boarding passes: It seems that the Pre-Check checkmark on your boarding pass is what lets TSA officers know that you should be allowed to go in the Pre-Check lane. ...
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Will retort vacuum sealed canning bags pass metal detector, TSA allowed?

After a bit of research on food "canning" solutions, it seems one of the latest "technologies" in canning is (metal) retort packages. Are these type of packages detected on metal detectors? If ...
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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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Bought new TSA suitcase, it's locked itself - how to open it?

I just bought a suitcase, so the combination is 000 (I didn't touch the numbers) and I locked it by mistake. How do I open it?
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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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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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Does the TSA allow liquids based on the US or Metric measurements?

I have a bottle of hair styling gel that says is it 3.59 oz (100 ml). The TSA allows you to have 3.4 oz (100 ml) liquid containers. The people who made my gel incorrectly converted one way or the ...
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Raw grains through security

I am studying abroad and trying to save money by taking food from home (the US) and not having to buy EVERYTHING once I get there. I have packed ziplock sandwich bags of raw brown basmati rice and ...
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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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“NG NS” on ticket after airport security

I went through security at the Sacramento Airport with a friend. He got something written on his boarding pass "NG NS". I didn't have that. We both went through the same metal detector, neither beeped ...
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What is the likelihood of TSA checking a package which has a desktop computer in it?

I'll be travelling from Miami to Istanbul (non-stop with Turkish Airlines) I have a HTPC atx case. I kept the protective foam of the case. I will pack it in a hard plastic storage box and tape the lid ...
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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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Use of TSA locks embedded in luggage in Europe? [duplicate]

I bought a luggage with a TSA lock on the side of the luggage, which holds the zipper. Can I use this lock, or will they break my entire luggage if they need to inspect it (considering most European ...
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If I apply for TSA Pre-Check now, can I use it on a flight that I've already booked?

I have just applied for TSA Pre-Check and will have my appointment in a couple of days where I show the officials my personal identification documents. I have already booked a flight at the end of ...
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Am I able to carry on a small Swiss army knife?

I usually carry around a small Swiss army kit my set of keys which contains a small knife inside the slot which is about 1 inch in height and very thin (see link for better picture, and it is ...
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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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Claiming for Damage Baggage by US TSA

Travelling from Jamaica to France, my friend locked her suitcase. Upon her arrival back in France she discovered her suitcase was destroyed. The TSA had not only opened it, but ripped the zipper off ...
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Carrying Tripod/Monopod through security at Logan airport (Boston MA)

My next trip starts at Logan airport in Boston MA. In the experience of many locals, Logan has been more paranoid than many US airports. While camera monopods and tripods are ok to fly with ...
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How can I determine the carry-on size / weight limits and restrictions for a US domestic flight?

I'll be traveling for the first time in 20 years, and I'll be bringing my MacBook Pro and an iPad Air, as well as my usual folderol. I have a decent sized backpack, roughly 19-20" tall, 13-14" wide, ...
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Is it possible to avoid removing my shoes if doing so will interfere with a supportive ankle brace?

So I injured myself yesterday and sprained my ankle pretty badly. I can stand and walk on it, but it's difficult and painful; I have a supportive brace on my foot at the moment that helps quite a bit, ...
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How to carry a banned item on a US flight?

The list of banned items is extensive, but what happens if you have a genuine need to carry something banned? The carry-on specific items is easy enough, you just check it (e.g. sharp objects), but ...