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Questions, comments and tips about airport security, the TSA, and identification. Have a question about getting thru security, or maybe a tip? Share your Airport experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • Sack Lunches
    Oct 2, 2012
    Are sack lunches with home-made sandwiches allowed?


    Yes these are allowed - its the liquids that they usually make you trash - so no fruit cups, avoid yogurts, etc. If you have a sauce for the sandwich put it on the bread do not store it separate.


  • Food
    Sep 25, 2012
    Can I bring unopened snack foods, ie cashews or chocolates, in my carryon and get thru security screening?


    Yes you can!


    TSA is concerned about liquids, but generally not about food. I bought a Subway sandwich at SFO before security and brought it onto the plane with no problems.


  • keeping shoes on through security check
    Nov 14, 2012
    do seniors (75+) have to take shoes off to go through security??


    Seniors age 75 and above no longer have to take off their shoes.


    Correct. The TSA recently realised that people over 75 are incapable of carrying bombs in their shoes.


    Sep 13, 2012


  • Epi Pen
    Nov 9, 2012
    Hi -- traveling with my 3 1/2 year old son to the Cayman Islands next month -- he has a severe peanut allergy -- any tips for how to handle his Epi Pen through security? Thanks!


    If you can't get a statement from his doctor, try to bring along receipt of where you bought it (drugstore?). When approaching TSA security, take device out and show officer in attendance, along with receipt.


    Thank you! I have the original box and label and a note from his doctor! Should be good to go! Thanks again!


    I have flown numerous times with my carries an Epi; never been an issue at security. They are fully aware of these life-saving medications.


  • Domestic US flights-passport control
    Jul 29, 2012
    Hi, Travelling lots on domestic flights in the US and i´m on a British passport. Am i right in thinking when i land (and i need to rush to get a connecting train) i will go through border control/passport control and they will see my visa waiver in my passport? Or do i need to go through international immigration? My flight is Cleveland to BWI. I will have at that point been in the US for 4 weeks. Thanks


    As a general rule, all international ARRIVALS (including US citizens) need to go through TSA check /customs clearance. I to the length of time you can stay on a visa waiver passport, you need to contact


  • Meds
    Sep 10, 2012
    Is there anything special for packing prescription medications? I need to bring 6 different meds with me for 8-day trip...


    Put medications in separate plastic bag into your carry-on bag, take it out before security check and put it on the conveyor belt.


    Do I need to bring prescription medicines in original bottles, or can I put them in smaller containers


  • flying with grandchild
    Jul 27, 2012
    o I need a form to travel with my 4 year old granddaughter when her parents are not with us. Her last name is not the same as mine. We will not be going out of the country


    A notarized letter from one of the parents stating who you are and authorizing you taking the child on a trip would surely do the trick.


  • are mexico matriculas id accepted
    Jul 23, 2012
    really need a good answer =)


    No, you need a valid passport, not expiring 6 months from day of entry at U.S. As an international arrival in the U.S. you need to go through passport check, pick up your bags, go through customs clearance, and if continuing with another flight, re-check-in your bags, taking 35-50 mins.


  • security
    Jul 16, 2012
    Hi, i am travelling from doha to washington duless airport by qatar airways then ill take a united flight to ohio , can u giv me the road map for my flight inside the dulles airport as many pep told me its big and u may get lost !! also i wana ask if there is gona be a problem bcoz i am pregnant in my 24 weeks but i am only staying for 15 days noting that i hav full insurance coverage.Thank you


    I see today's Qatar arrival from Doha, Flight # 51, to arrive at 2:55pm at IAD (Dulles Airport) - gate IAB. I cannot tell you which gate y0u will depart from, as United Airlines uses the A, B & C midfield concourses with corresponding gates (i.e., gate A5, or B35, or C30). Look at your ticket and on arrival at overhead screens for your departure flight number, gate & departure time. Arriving passengers: International arrivals will board the shuttle to US Customs located at the west end of the main terminal. There you need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through US customs clearance and then re-check-in your bag where indicated. As international arrival, continuing your journey, you must use the shuttle bus to your connecting gate (not the AeroTrain!). You are guided by signs & attendants - also feel free to ask any airport or airline attendant if you need assistance. IMPORTANT: For getting from gate to gate, allow at least one hour 15 minutes - more is even better (this is summer time here and airports are crowded with people). Do consult your doctor as to what you should bring onboard the plane to make you comfortable. Good luck to you! The Underground Aerotrain runs in a continuous loop from the main terminal's post-security area to the center of the midfield concourses A/B and C/D, takes minutes


  • custom
    Jul 16, 2012
    I'm 15 and 11 months year old traveling alone going from Mexico to London for the Olympics my family is there. would I have a problem in custom if I'm traveling alone? I have all the documents to prove that my final destination is London no USA or should my family in Mexico should paid for companion minor?


    Whether you make a stopover at a US airport or going straight from Mexico to London - you will need a valid passport, which does not expire within six months after your arrival. That's all.


    Jul 14, 2012
    I am a statut refuge sri lankaise im live in france since 5 years .and passport in process .but i want to goin rome .can go with my titre de sejour ? my card EXPIRE after 10 years


    I am not familiar with French immigration rules. However, if you mean to travel to Rome (or did you mean to type "home"?) you would not need a passport, as Italy and France are part of the EU /Schengen countries. If indeed you would want to travel to Sri Lanka, you need to contact the local French authorities as to what papers you will need.


  • bring blood preasure machine
    Jul 8, 2012
    Can i bring a blood preasure machine in my hand bag?


    Take it out of your handbag before going through security check and show officers.


    Jul 4, 2012


    At AMS, all international arriving passengers who are considered non-Schengen arrivals (not belonging to one of the Schengen countries) need to go through the immigration & customs clearance process. I suggest you open and click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS, then scroll down to the text which will give you terminal layout, gates and transfer options.


  • my passport is in process
    Jun 27, 2012
    I flight to mexico on june 28 2012 and i have not recive my daughter passport what can i do. my tickets are not refundable


    Contact your nearest passport office - best to get there in person - and state your situation.


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