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  • Children and ID (last names not the same)
    Aug 30, 2013
    I'm traveling with my 2 children in a couple weeks (ages 4 and 9). First, do they need their birth certificate?, and second, my oldest does not have the same last name as me anymore, will that be a problem with security? If it will what documentation would I need to provide to prove I am his mother? We are traveling to Orlando on Delta.


    No, if you are flying domestically, young children do not need any documentation. You do not need to prove anything regarding your children.


  • left id
    Aug 25, 2013
    my husband left his id in my purse and his flight is today cause im having a big surgery tomo. would he be able to pass security with only a photo of his drivers license, ss card and credit card?


    If he takes a domestic flight, it should suffice.


  • Flying with Haircutting Shears
    Jul 29, 2013
    What is the policy on flying with haircutting shears in carry on luggage?


    If the blades are 4 inches or less, yes, if larger, no.


  • Always unorganized at IAH
    Jul 16, 2013
    Once again on a Frdiay morning full of travelers IAH continues to have one security line open,and no kiosk open to check your own bag. The management of security and check in at this airport needs to fly around the US and take some serious notes. I am sorry to call Houston my home every time I have to fly.


    What airline? Terminal?


    I fly regularly through IAH on Sundays and the security line is inexcusable at Terminal D. I have a connection at B so will often take the bus over to B and go through security there. It seems better, maybe because its domestic.


    I think a lot of people don't know you can go through security in B.


    IAH is also very bad arriving from overseas--I use other airports when I can...


  • walking with a cane
    Jun 2, 2013
    I walk with a cane. Is there, will there be any problem, at the air port or boarding my flight (DELTA) because of this?


    No, that should not be a problem. Thousands of people do it every day.


  • Sharon
    May 31, 2013
    We are traveling to Canada next week. We are departing from AEX on United Airlines Flt: 4389 to Houston International. We have a direct flight to Canada on United Air Lines Flt 0501 departing for Vancouver at 9:05. Will we have time to make our flight and which gate will we use?


    United serves all Terminals A, B, C & E, at Houston Intercontinental - each of which has corresponding gates (i.e., C-14) - the above-grounTerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security. For detailed information open


    Your flight from AEX will arrive at A or B and your flight to YVR will likely depart from C.


  • USO
    May 28, 2013
    Do I have to go through security to get to the USO?


    Each Airport with USO facilities has its own location, some are not even inside the passenger terminals, some are on the arrivals level, and others at departures - if you give me the name of the airport, I will search for USO & reply.


  • DOes everyone goes trough security
    May 13, 2013
    We are flying in to Chicago( from Minneapolis) and are going overseas to europe - do we go trough security both in minneapolis and chicago?


    Your arrival is either in Teminals 1, 2 or 3, your departure may be in Terminal 5, the International Terminal. I suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text, which includes transfer options, terminals, concourses & gates, as well as current airlines.


    If you can let me know the airlines you are flying I can help you with how to do your connection.


    American airlines from minneapolis to chicago ( arrival 19.35) Departure SAS 22.05. So do I get all the way out of the terminal 3 and where do I find the train or shuttle? I have 2.1/2 hour which i suppose should be doable? I quess i wont have to trough security until in terminal 5. What about our luggage? Do we carry them to terminal or do we leave them at terminal 3?


    Yes, you will have to exit security and then take the ATS train from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 and go through security again. If your tickets were booked on one reservation American should be able to check your bags through to SAS. Otherwise you'll have to claim them and take them on the train to T5.


  • Terminal 2 - Morning Flight
    Jul 1, 2013
    How long should I allow for security for a 10:20 am flight on a Saturday morning? Or, how early should I get to the airport if I'm not checking baggage and already have my boarding pass?


    Didn't realize that this wasn't specifically for O'Hare, so wanted to clarify that I'm flying out of O'Hare Terminal 2.


    To be on the safe side, arrive at security check 40 mins prior to departure.


    I fly from COS on July 3,2013 to Pittsburg at 7:25 AM on United. I'm driving from ALMA, CO, a 2hr. drive. Can get there like 11/2 hrs.before the flight?


  • time before flight
    May 10, 2013
    How long do I need to Be there before my flight if it is scheduled to take off at about 6:30am this morning?


    At large airports, if getting ticket & checking in bags, arrive at terminal 2 hrs before domestic flight, 2.5 hrs before internatinal flight. If you e-checked in and printed boarding pass at home, half an hour less. (6:30am is rush hour time)


  • TSA sstart time
    May 10, 2013
    What time do the TSA gates open at Midway in the morning? in the past for an early flight the lines were holding until they opened.


    I'm not sure but I think at about 4:30 or 5 AM


  • TIME
    Apr 30, 2013
    I'm flying tomorrow April 30th. How much time should I allow to clear security at Terminal 5 for a 2:55 pm international flight? It's that a busy time?


    Depends on the airport, but that's usually before most of the international flights depart, so it shouldn't be that bad. There's nothing unusual going on right now that is making security lines any longer than normal.


  • How long is the wait at security
    Apr 29, 2013
    I'm flying this evening. How much time should I allow to clear security at Terminal A for a 6:30 pm flight?


    Can't predict that precisely. If you're really worried then show up 90 minutes or more before your flight. There's nothing out there right now making security waits any longer than normal.


  • wait times
    Apr 29, 2013
    How are the wait times with sequester today 4/25


    I just posted the same question to BWI Marshall on Twitter. I see you didn't get an answer. How was it?


    The sequester has not affected TSA wait times.


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