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Does TSA ever just wave people through?

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]
posted by mochapickle on Mar 23, 2014 - 21 answers

CPAP Machines and TSA X-Rays

Why must CPAP machines be removed from their carrying cases when being X-rayed by the TSA? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Nov 23, 2013 - 9 answers

A backpacking backpack for laptops?

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]
posted by melissam on Oct 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Flying with a Loaded Backpacking (Wilderness Backpacking Backpack)

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]
posted by cinemafiend on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Small Kitchen Appliances & the TSA

Can I bring a toaster oven through airport security? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Dec 1, 2012 - 13 answers

I don't want my kids to get "patted down" at the airport

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]
posted by squaregear on Nov 28, 2012 - 29 answers

Temporary license + expired passport = OK to fly?

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]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 15, 2012 - 21 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

Why do people accept DUI checkpoints and airport body scanners?

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]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Jul 15, 2012 - 22 answers

But it's not that kind of white powder!

Can I bring diatomaceous earth on an airplane? Quick responses appreciated. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Feb 20, 2012 - 9 answers

GF VS TSA

Going on a trip, yay! Girlfriend is INCREDIBLY leery of TSA/naked scanners.... help? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jan 30, 2012 - 61 answers

Scan it, scan it real good.

Airport body scans -- male and female buttons. How do they work? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Nov 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Flying to Korea on my first international trip. Advice?

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]
posted by jykmf on Aug 8, 2011 - 9 answers

We don't need no stinkin' checked luggage

Looking for the perfect TSA-friendly laptop + overnight bag. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jun 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Can homemade macarons safely travel by plane?

How practical is it to bring a box of homemade macarons on a flight as carry-on luggage? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on May 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Flying with a Newborn

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]
posted by amanda on Feb 23, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me find an article about the TSA!

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]
posted by R a c h e l on Feb 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Wrong name on plane ticket

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]
posted by miyabo on Jan 4, 2011 - 16 answers

TSA vs. cold toes

Will air-activated toe warmers in checked baggage trigger a TSA alert? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Dec 6, 2010 - 10 answers

I don't want to become known as the "tiny rocks bomber"

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]
posted by kagredon on Dec 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Another TSA groping question...

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.
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 - 17 answers

"Oh man, that is a stinky one. Have fun!"

TSA pat-downs and kids. Am I over-reacting? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Nov 24, 2010 - 26 answers

Fucking airport security, how does it work?

Flying into the US from another country: what's going on with security? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 - 10 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

Transgenders and the TSA

What is the official TSA policy on flying transgender regarding the enhanced search procedures for both transgender fliers as well as transgender TSA agents?
posted by Ardiril on Nov 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Extent of "grope/enhanced patdown"???

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???
posted by symbioid on Nov 19, 2010 - 18 answers

Preventing bag theft during TSA inspection

Help me keep my bags from being stolen during the TSA security check. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Nov 16, 2010 - 23 answers

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]
posted by willnot on Nov 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Preventing luggage theft during airport screenings

What are strategies for preventing the theft of your luggage during airport security screening? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Nov 13, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I organize a picket line at the airport?

Help me organize a "picket line" at a local airport about the new TSA security policies. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 - 23 answers

Can't I just step through the gate like it used to be?

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?
posted by asockpuppet on Oct 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Increasing Altitude and Rows

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?
posted by zizzle on Sep 29, 2010 - 30 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 domestic with lots of cash

I might be flying domestically (USA) with a large sum of cash. Will I have issues with TSA? [more inside]
posted by fuzzypinkslippers on Jun 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Do you know the way to San Jose with an expired passport?

Can I travel within the US using an expired Canadian passport? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2010 - 18 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

Would you feel safer knowing that the person next to you does not have cool magnet toys?

Can I bring ferrofluid on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by cubby on Apr 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Skipping a leg of a flight - TSA issues?

Any reason I can't skip the first leg of a flight and board in a connecting city? [more inside]
posted by docpops on Mar 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Are suit bags okay to carry on a domestic flight?

Will TSA let me bring my suitbag on the plane? I've flown recently, and I don't recall seeing anyone carry one. Are they no longer allowed on domestic flights? [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee on Mar 1, 2010 - 16 answers

Lingerie for Beginners

We're getting married! We're both virgins. Her birthday occurs during the honeymoon. I want to get her something spicy but I have no experience with this stuff! Likely NSFW, inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 - 42 answers

Flying with tools (not the other passengers)

Question about flying with common hand tools in my carry-on bag, US domestic flight. [more inside]
posted by Bohemia Mountain on Jan 11, 2010 - 23 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

Yes, I'm wasting an Ask on TSA/bodybutter issues!

Will TSA confiscate my two containers of Body Shop body butter? They are Christmas presents for friends back home and I don't want to have to repurchase them once I get to my destination. They are each 6.9 ounces. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Dec 20, 2009 - 33 answers

I know the names don't match, but it's really me! I swear!

Someone purchased an airline ticket for me, but booked it under my nickname instead of my legal name. I don't have any photo ID with my nickname on it. Will I be able to fly? [more inside]
posted by arianell on Oct 26, 2009 - 24 answers

Best Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bag?

Best Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bag? [more inside]
posted by hokie409 on May 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Transporting ashes/cremains through airport security

Taking a cat's ashes through security or checking them - will there be issues? [more inside]
posted by micawber on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Does the TSA freak out over Incase hard shells?

Anyone know if TSA agents would require you to remove a laptop from a hard shell case during the x-ray screening process? Or are they just concerned about clutter in bags obscuring their view? I have the Incase linked above and do not want to have to try and go through the pain of removing the thing in line... or at all for that matter :) Thanks!
posted by vitrum on Nov 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Can I fly internationally with a lead acid battery in my carry-on?

In just a couple weeks I will fly to a remote area of Peru from Europe via the US. I'll be bringing some research equipment which including a mobile solar unit. That solar unit is powered by a lead acid battery like this one. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Sep 12, 2008 - 2 answers

Solar Panels R Fun!

Do you have this backpack? Have you taken it through the TSA? [more inside]
posted by aetg on Jun 26, 2008 - 5 answers

flying with prescription drugs

My doctor gave me a dozen Vicodin for back pain. I just realized that the bottle doesn't have my name on it. I'm getting on an international flight in a few hours. Will this be a problem? Flying from the US to the EU.
posted by mrunderhill on Jun 22, 2008 - 20 answers

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