I am going to Ontario for a week long business trip in one week. I have never traveled for work, I have never traveled out of the country, and I am terrified. Can you help me understand what I should expect? [more inside]
For at least the immediate future I'll need pass through security in a federal courthouse without the benefit of employee ID, which means going through a metal detector. I need a durable, metal-free belt (leather or otherwise) that fits standard 35mm belt loops and looks reasonably presentable in a casual-end-of-business-casual environment. Thanks!
My fiancé and I have a flight out of JFK at 7am on April 8th. I got a weird email from our airline (JetBlue) last night, warning us to get to the airport even earlier because of longer wait times at security checkpoints. [more inside]
I would like to bake a blackberry pie and take it with me on the plane. Will the TSA allow this? [more inside]
Will TSA confiscate my emergency pain med pill box? [more inside]
Help me figure out if this explanation makes sense. [more inside]
First world problem: Went to go pack for Holiday flight today. Opened an order I placed from Macy's.com and somebody left the hard tag sensor on it... sigh. I don't have time to take skirt and receipt into the store before flight. Can I pack this in my bag I'm checking so I can bring it into Macy's when I get there? Or do you think it will set off some kind of security thing when they scan it? I'm overthinking, as usual! Pic attached [more inside]
I am flying on an airplane and I need to pack all my medications - roughly 18 bottles, two inhalers, and two small quantities of liquid. What is the best kind of container to use, considering the needs and desires of both the TSA and the airline staff? [more inside]
I'm moving and will be living out of a suitcase for a while... and I think I packed the suitcase lock key in a moving box *after* locking the suitcase (moving boxes are now on the road and inaccessible). How can I open the suitcase today? [more inside]
I have a 16-oz tub of raw, unrefined shea butter that I'd like to bring with me. I don't have a checked bag. Does anyone know if 1) shea butter is considered solid enough to fly as is or 2) if I can pack it into 5 smaller jars and put them all into a zip-loc bag? Is it ok to have multiple jars of the same thing? [more inside]
It's been quite some time since I've been on a flight, let alone one with checked baggage. I'm going to San Antonio at the end of next month. I would appreciate some assistance regarding how this works given all the new rules and the freaking horror stories... [more inside]
I'm flying from the West Coast to the East Coast of the US in 24 hours and was about to check in when I realized my name was wrong on the itinerary. Say my name is Katie Smith - it's listed in my booking as Katiems Smith. I'm pretty sure Google Flight just mashed together my first name and Ms., but now it's appears at Katiems on the itinerary and obviously my passport and driver's license say Katie. What to do? [more inside]
Going to Japan in October and the tickets I'm looking at offer me one of three US airports to transit through. Which to choose? [more inside]
Can I take a Cintiq digitiser tablet through airport screening without getting it confiscated? The Cintiq requires mains power to work. (It doesn't have a battery, & was never designed to work with one). I think it's understandable that I wouldn't want to check this in as hold baggage. It's easy to mistake the thing for a tablet that "suspiciously does nothing" when not plugged in to the wall. UK-US trip. [more inside]
I have some cheapie laser pointers I need to carry with me for an art installation. Will they be allowed in carry on per TSA? [more inside]
I flew home through a major US airport a couple of days ago. I'd just put my carry-on stuff on the conveyor and lined up with several others for the dreaded bodyscanner when the TSA agent waved four of us around the machine and over to pick up our stuff. I was delighted not to have to go through the scanner, but I've never seen anyone just waved on through before. How often do they let people bypass the scan? [more inside]
Why must CPAP machines be removed from their carrying cases when being X-rayed by the TSA? [more inside]
I want the benefits of a backpacking backpack with the benefits of a laptop backpack. Shoulder and waist straps, tall and able to fit lots of stuff, but with a laptop sleeve or something that would make it easy to take my laptop out and put it back in. Does this exist? [more inside]
On August 23rd, I am flying to Fairbanks, Alaska for a week long camping/hiking trip in Denali National Park and would like to not have to check any items if possible. [more inside]
Can I bring a toaster oven through airport security? [more inside]
I haven't flown in quite a long time, so I'm not familiar with all the latest security procedures here in the U.S. In a couple months my family will be taking a trip and I'm not comfortable with my children being scanned or touched. What are my options (other than not flying)? [more inside]
I'm flying next week. My only forms of photo ID are a temporary driver's license and an expired passport. Will the TSA accept these? If I have to go through additional screening, what should I expect? [more inside]
This past weekend I had a huge moving sale, and ended up with about $1500 in small bills ($1s, $5s, $10s, $20s). Between cleaning my apartment and packing everything up today, I forgot to go to the bank and deposit the money into my account. Tomorrow morning I fly out of JFK (Terminal 4, specifically) to move to San Francisco, and since my flight is early there's no time to go to a bank. I feel weird traveling with these huge wads of cash, especially as it's all small bills. Right now it's all stuffed into a cigar box in my carry-on. I don't think it will fit in my wallet. Will the currency exchange places give me $100s (or better yet a money order) for my cash, and will I find one before passing through security? Will TSA steal from me, or give me a hard time for carrying these wads of bills? Is there possibly a Bank of America branch in JFK? What should I do? I don't think I'm comfortable depositing this much cash through an ATM, and anyway it would take forever.
In a country which believes in liberty and 'innocent until proven guilty', why do people accept DUI checkpoints and airport body scanners? I'm trying to get opinions that help me understand a perspective that's not my own. [more inside]
Can I bring diatomaceous earth on an airplane? Quick responses appreciated. [more inside]
Going on a trip, yay! Girlfriend is INCREDIBLY leery of TSA/naked scanners.... help? [more inside]
Airport body scans -- male and female buttons. How do they work? [more inside]
I'm flying to South Korea (JFK to PEK to ICN) in two weeks for my first international trip in years. I need some advice on preparation, the flight, and the subsequent two months I'll spend in Korea. [more inside]
Looking for the perfect TSA-friendly laptop + overnight bag. [more inside]
How practical is it to bring a box of homemade macarons on a flight as carry-on luggage? [more inside]
Logistics of traveling solo with an infant. Looking for tips regarding carriers, going to the bathroom, changing a baby on the plane. I'll be flying Alaska Air and I'd love any special tips for flying these small planes or even Alaska in particular. [more inside]
The google-fu fails again: help me find an article by a guy who got tons of stuff past the TSA and wore, like, taliban t-shirts and stuff and proved the ineffectiveness of the system? [more inside]
Out of habit, I bought a plane ticket for my wife with her maiden name, while her driver's license now shows her married name. How much trouble will she get into at airport security? [more inside]
Will air-activated toe warmers in checked baggage trigger a TSA alert? [more inside]
I want to give some trinitite as a Christmas gift. This involves transporting it across state lines. Am I going to run into problems? [more inside]
I have a piercing. In my clitoral hood. I can't remove it. I have to fly on Thursday, if I go through the porno scanner will this create an issue? I am nearly sick with worrying about this.
TSA pat-downs and kids. Am I over-reacting? [more inside]
Flying into the US from another country: what's going on with security? [more inside]
Can you go through the new airport scanner machines holding a pet? [more inside]
What is the official TSA policy on flying transgender regarding the enhanced search procedures for both transgender fliers as well as transgender TSA agents?
I'm going to be flying next month, and I'm already annoyed/upset, etc... about the pornoscanners and groping issue, but I'm even more nervous now due to one article I read and am wondering if I'm misunderstanding the groping issue and it is actually WORSE than I already believe it to be: Is the "enhanced patdown" an actual under/inside the clothes grabbing of genitals? I can't find a clear statement on the TSA site (great PR, not so great information architecture) and one blog explicitly detailed the touching of her labia but other blog posts I've seen can be read either way (as underclothes contact or overclothes, they're not particularly clear). Help???
Help me keep my bags from being stolen during the TSA security check. [more inside]
How much does it cost to rent/operate a plane as a private pilot compared to flying on a standard commercial ticket
How much does it cost to rent/operate a plane as a private pilot compared to flying on a standard commercial ticket? [more inside]
What are strategies for preventing the theft of your luggage during airport security screening? [more inside]
Help me organize a "picket line" at a local airport about the new TSA security policies. [more inside]
I'm flying next month and will have to go through a full body scanner for the first time. I'm not comfortable with this at all. I'm so not ok with the scanner that I'm considering driving 17 hours instead. I know that I can request a patdown, but will this subject me to any additional hassling or questioning by the TSA / airport security?
I'm flying from BOS to BWI tonight after work. The TSA website explicitly says knitting needles are okay in carry-on. I am only bringing carry-on. I plan on printing this page and bringing it with me, but should I still expect some grief?
I have a flight tomorrow morning and just found out that my Driver license is expired. Will this prevent me from getting through the airports. [more inside]
I might be flying domestically (USA) with a large sum of cash. Will I have issues with TSA? [more inside]
Can I travel within the US using an expired Canadian passport? [more inside]
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