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Old 03-07-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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I haven't flown for a VERY long time and I don't know the current procedures. I'm pretty clear on how you take out your electronics for screening, but I need to bring a power bank (a regular-sized one, for a phone) in my carry-on bag, yet I never see any instructions on how those are to be packed in your bag or handled at screening time. Are they considered an electronic device? Do they need to be placed in the bins? Or do they stay in your bag, like a curling iron would?


(I know lithium power banks aren't allowed in checked baggage, I'm talking about carry-on where they are allowed.)


Also, what about your personal bag (like a purse or messenger bag), I assume those are screened as well? Do you empty your purse of these "bin" items at the same time as your carry-on bag? Sorry, I never see any info about this on TSA instruction sites.


I plan to take a messenger bag with me as my personal item, it fits the size guidelines for my airline but I don't know what TSA expects me to do with it.


Also, they don't seem to want you to put your phone in the bin, so what should you do with your phone? Carry it through the passenger scanner with you? I'm a bit confused.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I keep my power bank in my bag.. I just flew a bunch over the last month, they are asking for anything bigger than a cell phone to be taken out.

Your personal bag gets put through an xray machine.

I put my phone in a pocket of my bookbag prior to going through. You can put it in the bin, though. That's not a problem.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:49 AM
 
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You only remove personal electronics larger than a cellphone. So basically laptops, tablets, e-readers. Phones can stay in your bag. Power banks stay in your bag.

And keep your bag of toiletries near the top of your bag. They won't always ask for those to be removed. But if they do, you want to be able to get to it easily.

Oh, and do yourself (and everyone in line behind you) a favor and empty your pockets before you get into line. Put keys, coins, etc. in one of your carry ons. Wear shoes that are easy to remove and put back on.
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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And remove your belt.
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:42 PM
 
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And remove your belt.
That one bothers me a bit less. I've seen too many slender guys trying to navigate their bags with one hand while holding up their pants with the other. I can see the necessity of keeping the belt on as long as possible. LOL
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I have a custom cane/walking stick with brass cobra head. No grandpa cane and no intention of ever getting one. Any problems going thru airport security?
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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It seems like you can

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Old 03-07-2019, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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1. Don't be afraid to ask the TSA to ask what they want you to do. It's better that they think you're confused than if they think you're malicious or intentionally breaking the rules

2. Security standards change all the time and there are some limits to the scanning system you may run into. I actually pay for TSA Pre-Check (shorter less intrusive security line) because I'm at the point where it adds about $4 to the cost of a plane ticket given my travel patterns. Even though I'm a 'Trusted Traveler' I'll still occasionally get sent to have my bag manually inspected for something like a thick book making it hard to see what was in the rest of the bag or they can't figure out what my stash of Clif Bars is.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:28 PM
 
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You only remove personal electronics larger than a cellphone. So basically laptops, tablets, e-readers. Phones can stay in your bag. Power banks stay in your bag.

And keep your bag of toiletries near the top of your bag. They won't always ask for those to be removed. But if they do, you want to be able to get to it easily.

Oh, and do yourself (and everyone in line behind you) a favor and empty your pockets before you get into line. Put keys, coins, etc. in one of your carry ons.
When you say "bag" or "carry on" I don't know which one you mean. I will have a small carry on suitcase - the thing that gets stowed overhead on the plane- and a messenger bag (ie, my purse, which is my personal item).

Do the carry on bag and the personal item (purse) both go in the TSA bins?

Also, are metal zippers on a coat (just a regular zipper) going to cause a problem? (I assume not, but so many zippers are plastic these days...)
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Usually the carry on bag goes on the line and so does the personal bag, but you can put that one in the bin.

You'll have to take off your coat as well and put in a bin
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