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  • paperless boarding pass at security
    Nov 3, 2014
    Does tsa scan your phone at PVD? Or do I need to print one?


  • Customs
    Oct 31, 2014
    My husband is flying from Doha to Chicago with final destination being Charlotte. Will he have to go thorough customs and immigration on arrival in Chicago or just at his final destination in Charlotte?


    He will go through US Immigration and Customs in Chicago, Terminal 5. He will have to go through US Immigration, claim his bags, go through US Customs, then re-check his bags at the transfer desk, then go up 2 levels and take the ATS train to his departure terminal (if he is flying American/US Airways to Charlotte, that would be Terminal 3), then go through security and to his departure gate.


  • 5:15 flight ORD to Ft. Lauderdale to Cancun
    Oct 18, 2014
    I have been told that the security checkpoints close during the early hours of the morning. What time do they open and will I have enough time to get to my gate after checking bags?


    They will open at 4 or 4:30. Of course you will have enough time! Do you think they would make it impossible to get on certain flights?


  • Domestic Flight With No ID
    Oct 13, 2014
    My girlfriend is attempting to fly from Florida to California and has not state ID or Driver's license. Can she board the plane if all she has is a birth certificate and social security card?


    She needs some sort of photo ID.


  • connecting flight
    Sep 20, 2014
    Hi I'm flying home to Dublin from greenville tomorrow and have a connecting flight in charlotte..will my luggage go the whole way frm Greenville to Dublin? Do I need to go through security or customs in charlotte or do I just go straight to my gate?


    Your luggage will be checked straight through. You Will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. Your arrival into Charlotte will be like a domestic flight, so all you will have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Water park pass ID Card with your and day of birth
    Sep 19, 2014
    Can I use my water park pass ID card to get onto the plane. It has my full name and my day of birth. I'll be returning from Vegas back to Hawaii and my military ID card will be expired. Can I use my water park pass Id


    Use your Military ID along with a secondary piece of information with your name on it (such as the water park ID). The military ID, as an official government identification, carries much more weight, even if it's expired.


  • Interational Security for Domestic Flight
    Aug 24, 2014
    I have an appointment at the global entry office in the international terminal followed by a domestic flight. Can I go through security in the internation terminal for a domestic flight?


    Yes, you should be able to.


  • Canadian with 6 hr layover
    Sep 25, 2014
    We are Canadians flying from Canada to Newark, then Dulles, and have a 6hr 55 mins layover before our next international flight. Is it possible to leave the airport for a couple of hours and visit with a friend? If so, will we have to go through immigration, how long might that take, and what information do we need to give immigration? Thanks.


    Depending on where in Canada you are coming from you will clear US Immigration in either your origin airport in Canada (if you are coming from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, or Halifax) or in Newark (if you are coming from somewhere else). By the time you get to Dulles you will have already been cleared into the United States and will be free to go wherever you want.


    I wouldn't do it. Have them come to you at the airport. Do you really want to tempt fate?


    We made it out and back through just fine. Thanks for the response!


  • TSA? Lost Lisc at arrive mailed to home by airport-Departing w/o ID.
    Aug 14, 2014
    Do I need to contact TSA and how to contact them? I lost my lisc at baggage claim when I pulled my tickets to speak with baggage people at Southwest. I did not realize I lost lisc until yesterday and called Airport Security, informed me not found.Report to nearest PD & bring copy of report. My husband tested me last night with a pix of my lisc mailed to my home from the Chicago Airport. I have a copy do I still need to contact TSA? If so where is number please?


    No, there is no way to contact TSA ahead of time even if you wanted to. When you get there you will just explain that you lost your ID and show any other documents that have your name on them (credit cards, school or employer ID, etc.). You will be subject to extra screening but you will be fine. This happens all the time.


  • Flying into PHL from the UK and connecting to Tampa
    Aug 12, 2014
    Hi we fly into PHL from Manchester - UK on Sunday we have a 2 hour layover before our connecting flight to Tampa. Do we have to clear immigration and collect luggage then re check in before flying to Tampa or do we go straight to our Tampa flight and collect our luggage when we land there?


    In Philadelphia you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags with US Airways, and then go to the departure level and through security. You should have enough time.


    Thanks so much for the info


  • Teenager traveling alone
    Aug 5, 2014
    My 14 year old is traveling to Guam on August 13 she has to go through IAH. She's allowed to use the unaccompanied minor program but that's only for non-stop flights and there are no non stop flights to Guam. Will somebody be able to help her to her gate in Houston?


    There are always people that she can ask for directions if she needs them, but nobody can escort her from gate to gate.


  • security checks
    Aug 5, 2014
    I will be landing at IAD from TYS, changing planes and flying to Amsterdam all on United, , do I have to go through security again seeing as I already did in TYS?


    No, you do not. The concourses at IAD are connected inside security by the Aerotrain and mobile lounge.


  • metal screws in my knee
    Jul 30, 2014
    i have metal wire and 2 screws in my knee, what is the protocol for these?


    The TSA has a page about this -


  • mini desk top computer
    Jul 29, 2014
    Does anyone know if I am allowed to carry this in hand luggage. It obviously cannot be chrgeed up but has no battery.


    You should be allowed to.


  • 16 year old with 10 hrs layover
    Jul 19, 2014
    If my daughter lands JFK jet Blue and has 10 hrs before she leaves on KLM to Amsterdam, should she just hang out in JEt Blue terminal after she gets her bag until 4 hours before her international flight leaves


    JetBlue uses Terminal 5 (T5) - her connection to KLM flight is at T4 - connected by the 'Airline Terminals Train' running counter-clockwise between all terminals at their pre-security areas. However, pre-security areas of terminals do not have as much amenities & services (food, shops, entertainment) as post-security areas - only accessible after security check. To familiarize herself with JFK, I suggest that your daughter opens, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.


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