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Airport Security and Those Pesky Airport Rules

Learn about airport security and airport rules, both in the US and abroad. Airport security is increasingly restrictive, and it's important to know the rules before you go. Learn about the TSA, about body imaging or millimeter wave or backscatter machines - the infamous strip search machines - that the TSA has deployed, comment on TSA patdowns, find out what you can and can't bring on a plane, and more.
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Will You Walk Through a Full Body Imaging Scanner At an Airport? Would You...
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Airport Security Rules and Fines
Airport security rules are a difficult fact of flying life, but forewarned is forearmed. Find out how to make your flight easier by knowing the airport security rules in advance.

Packing for Airport Security - How to Pack for Airport Security
Strict airport rules across Europe, the UK and the US can mean packing headaches for air travelers. Carry on rules forbidding large liquids and gels may be the most problematic of the airport rules facing travelers these days, and packing with foresight helps. Let's walk through how to cope.

TSA Backscatter or Body Imaging X-Ray Machines at Airports
The TSA has installed or is installing backscatter, or body imaging X-ray machines, at up to 30 airports across the US in 2009. Learn what backscatter body imaging machines at airports are and see an actual image of a passenger's body as seen by the TSA from a backscatter body imaging machine at an airport.

But I don't want the TSA to see me naked...
If I wanted TSA agents to check out my birthday suit, I'd invite 'em to the hot springs. Since I don't have the urge to do that, I question whether I want to walk through one of the backscatter Xray machines, the next of which will be installed next fall at New York's JFK and Los Angeles's LAX after being tested in Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport. The backscatter thingymajig (...read more)

Where to Get Travel Sized Liquids and Gels
Travel sized tubes of liquids and gels are a bonus packing item, especially in these challenging days of packing after airport security changes, when liquids and gels carried on airplanes must adhere to strict airport rules. Here's where to get small travel sized tubes in three ounces or less of liquids and gels.

Laptops and Airport Screening
Could I have been less smart? I left my laptop at airport security. I'm an experienced international traveler. I've taken my laptop out of my backpack at airport security and divested myself of everything, including shoes (even flip flops), and liquids and gels, and repacked /re-dressed/retrieved my laptop at the end of the airport security screening a million times ... (read more)

Train Travel One Solution to Airport Security Woes
Current airport security hassles too much for you? Riding the rails instead works -- comfy, easy, and makes for wonderful world watching. Student travelers get 15% off Amtrak with an ISIC card; European trains will take you to the European destination to which you may have been planning to fly from London's Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted airports. Learn more...

Air Travel Escalating Into Hassle Travel
Flying is fast becoming one of the great travel hassles. TSA airport rules mean packing itself might mean at least one of your bags has to be checked if you want to bring any quantity of gels or liquids; security requires early airport arrival; food service is a fading memory and airplane seats are shrinking. On my first flight post-UK terrorist scare, my carry-on bags were searched six times...

TSA Blog
If you've not seen it yet, this is something: the TSA has not only got a blog, but comments are allowed -- and most comments are everything most could ever want to say to the TSA. The TSA blog is unlikely to make TSA rules palatable, but it's interesting that the TSA, which has managed to tie the IRS in unpopularity, has opened itself up to this (inevitable) outpouring of criticism.

Travel by Air
Air travel has gotten more challenging, and preparing for air travel is key. Getting ready for air travel will make the experience more pleasant - be ready for air travel by having the right travel documents like an itinerary and eticket, choosing an airplane seat assignment, packing for airport security, and not losing luggage.

Services Mail Banned Airline Items Home
I once had to remember the hard way that lighters used to be a carry-on no-no when a Denver TSA cop pulled my bag off the conveyor belt at airport security to be searched and located my treasured Swiss Army lighter/compass combo. I bought it in Lichtenstein and I loved it; I felt like busting out crying when I saw it in the guy's hand and knew it was curtains for me and the compass...

More Airports Installing TSA Body Imaging Scanners
The TSA has wanted to see what you're packing since Pan Am Flight 103 in 1989, but now they really, really mean it. Since 9/11, they've also wanted to see your naked body -- and that's going to be even more possible when all 30 new body imaging - backscatter - millimeter wave machines go in across the US (...read more)

How to Avoid Lost Luggage and What to Do About Lost Luggage
Lost luggage happens, but you can learn how to avoid lost luggage in transit and what to do if it does happen to you. Let's look first at a few tips on keeping your bags from traveling without you; at the bottom of the page, we'll talk about what to do if an airline has lost luggage (you're less likely to misplace baggage on trains and buses or in taxis, but that happens, too).

What's the Worst Part of Airport Security? What Do You Most Hate Abou…
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Does the Airport Have Full Body Scanners? Know Before You Go...
Does my airport have full body scanners? Know before you go: does the airport have body scanners -- does the airport to which you're going use x ray machines? Learn whether your airport uses full body scanners at airport security (they don't really use xrays, but yeah, those).

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