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Do Canadian airports swab for drug residue or just explosives?

A couple of years ago I was flying across Canada and got randomly selected for an extended search of my bags and everything swabbed. They swabbed my cellphone, camera equipment, and bags. After a few minutes they told me the swab came up positive. I'm not sure what for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Wads of small bills at JFK Airport - how to change?

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.
posted by betsbillabong on Aug 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Airport security re-screening

When transferring between connecting flights in Canada, do you need to go through security screening again? [more inside]
posted by problemspace on Jul 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Please don't touch my jerky

I am flying on frontier airlines to Indianapolis in July. I won't be checking anything, just bringing a carry on bag. I was hoping to bring some vacuum sealed packs of jerky from this store with me on my carry on bag. Is this a problem? Are they going to make me open up my packages of jerky in security? I am going for a long visit and need my stuff to stay fresh so I don't want to unseal it. So basically, can I bring sealed packages of beef jerky/nuts/berries on an airplane?
posted by skjønn on Jun 27, 2011 - 7 answers

A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.

I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Jun 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Airport scanner with pet?

Can you go through the new airport scanner machines holding a pet? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Nov 22, 2010 - 12 answers

To save money or sanity at the airport?

Leaving the car in airport parking for a week, is it worth it (security-wise and hassle-free-wise) to park in long-term rather than the economy lot? [more inside]
posted by ms.jones on Sep 7, 2010 - 5 answers

How do Airport body scanners work?

At one airport, the scanner always beeps if I pass through without removing my shoes. The same scanner lets my colleague pass without removing shoes. At another airport, our roles are reversed. The colleague has to remove shoes because the scanner beeps, while I pass through without any problems. Both scanners (at different airports within Australia) are the gated type, not the enclosed-chamber sorts. What is going on?
posted by vidur on Jul 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Will an expired license prevent me from flyiing to oregon

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]
posted by sharkhunt on Jul 24, 2010 - 20 answers

Flying the friendly (safe) skies..?

Is the TSA going to be relaxing security at airports? Help settle a disagreement.. [more inside]
posted by loquat on May 3, 2010 - 13 answers

All sorts of WiFi connectivity issues. I think it's my router.

After 4 months of smooth sailing, my WiFi has started acting up and (first temperamental page loading; then lock icon disappears when connecting to my secure network; now work computer won't connect at all). Is it my ISP, router, computer, or something else? [more inside]
posted by aquanet on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

How to minimize hassle at DTW?

Airport/airplane security-filter: have you flown from DTW since yesterday? [more inside]
posted by number9dream on Dec 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Why isn't there more theft at airport baggage claims?

Why isn't there more theft at airport baggage claims? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Dec 3, 2009 - 50 answers

Can you use airport amnesty bins to erase certain crimes?

Where can I find the written laws that regulate amnesty bins at airports? (Amnesty bins are the bins right before the metal detectors in some airports where you can, according to signs, throw away anything that you can't take through security without penalty.) And, related, are these actually legally binding, or just a gentlemen's agreement? Could someone hypothetically put a stolen painting in the bin, and be free of legal consequence of having stolen it?
posted by Damn That Television on Oct 5, 2009 - 18 answers

not a weapon

Large tripod through airport security from PDX to BOI? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Nov 26, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I pass through airport security without them X-Raying all of my camera film?

How can I pass through airport security without having my camera film X-Rayed? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 7, 2008 - 21 answers

Airport Employee Security

What kind of security do airport workers have to undergo when they show up for work? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher on Mar 30, 2008 - 6 answers

What will they do if I CAN'T turn on my laptop?

TSAfilter: will there be any problem getting a laptop without a battery through the carry-on checkpoint at my local (American) airport? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 - 26 answers

Looking for a freebie digital camera. Sorta.

Dublin Airport Security accidentally broke my digital camera this weekend, and I'm looking for creative and cheap options to get a replacement digital camera to use for the rest of my trip. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Mar 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Will the TSA take my PA away?

New body piercings, too recent to remove safely. Want to travel by plane. What should I expect at security? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Dec 4, 2006 - 18 answers

What's the sociological term for our acceptance of cumulative airport security demands?

Is there a word or phrase that describes people's ready acceptance of increasingly odd and demanding airport security procedures? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Nov 29, 2006 - 40 answers

How long are the queues at Gatwick?

How long are the check-in/security queues at Gatwick Airport & Dublin airport now, BAA site seems to be down.... help Mefites? (MI) [more inside]
posted by Wilder on Aug 23, 2006 - 8 answers

Airport security issues

Airport security, transfer in London. Will I have problems? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Aug 22, 2006 - 6 answers

Blowing air from airport security.

I went through airport security today, and had to go through a large apparatus that blew bursts of air at me from about 30 little air jets. What was that? What does it do? What were they looking for? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Feb 5, 2006 - 25 answers

Will an internal frame pack get me kicked off a flight?

Will I be able to get thru airport security with an internal frame daypack? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera on Jan 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Woe betide those at CollegeHumor.com

Just how much are the customs/Department of Homeland Security people allowed to go through your personal information on your laptop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2005 - 34 answers

Airport check-in phone call

Starting two weeks ago, e-checkin machines at airports have stopped letting me check in for a flight. I can no longer print boarding passes from the web, either. I now have to wait to talk to a ticket agent, who then has to make a lengthy phone call before I can check in, because I am on "the list". What is this list? How can I get off it? What is that phone call about?
posted by rajbot on Apr 26, 2005 - 15 answers

Wireless network Security

Wireless Network Security: I'd like to know more about keeping my info safe on OS X. [MI] [more inside]
posted by fionab on Oct 25, 2004 - 6 answers

Air Travel post 9-11

I haven't been on a plane since 2000 (before a certain terrorist attack) and I have a trip next week so is there anything i really need to know? Can I bring food, pencils, fingernail files, etc. onboard with me? Should i be careful what i say out loud? Are people gonna stop me wherever I go?
posted by Slimemonster on Apr 13, 2004 - 32 answers

How can I make my Mac stop automatically connecting to my neighbors' networks?

Stupid Mac question - I have an AirPort card, but no base station. I was just visiting my cousin for the weekend, and they have one, and they did something to my computer to get it to connect to their wireless network (they have all sorts of security on it) and now I cannot have my AirPort card turned on without it automatically connecting to my neighbors' networks. I use an ethernet cable here at home, and I have my configuration set to look for the ethernet connection before a wireless one. I am at a total loss as to what to do to tell it to not automatically connect, short of leaving the card turned off unless I'm using it (and Apple's website is no help, because they assume that you do want to use it). Any ideas?
posted by eilatan on Feb 29, 2004 - 12 answers

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