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Author: garyrr

Joined: 8/25/2012
Posts: 118
Trips Taken: 17
Countries Visited:

Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Peru, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

Traveler Since: 2000

August 31, 2012

Continuing my post above - and responding to the responder that said, "I wouldn't take the chance" in reference to holding a wallet/ passport thru the scanner.  I hear you - and I have very mixed feelings.   I'm not crazy about not having ANY identification on/with me at all times.  I usually do put everything in my carryon - as most people say.  But I keep remembering the story from someone I work with who travels a LOT.  She had all of her stuff on the belt (carryons, phone, etc etc) and was ready to walk thru the scanner when the  alarms went off indicating a potential security breach somewhere (not sure if it was at that security checkpoint or another) -  but the gates came down fast - locking her and those waiting in line on the outside of security - and the belt/XRay machine on the inside.  She was stuck outside the gate for over an hour with ALL of her posessions inside the gate until the security issue was resolved and cleared.  I know, there's not much you can do about it - and we're stuck with the procedures - but I certainly am not crazy about being without any identification on me during a security issue - and not being able to get to it!

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 970
Trips Taken: 11
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

August 31, 2012

That's true too, but we are caught in a cleft stick.  Hold your passport/wallet so you'll have some ID and risk them taking it and tossing it somewhere, or put it in as safe and secure place as you can and hope you won't be separated from it.  With my luck, they'd take it from me and toss it in any old bin, and I wouldn't be as lucky as Luisa to have an honest person return it.

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 534
Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

Traveler Since: 2006

September 01, 2012

I think a security shut-down as described is very rare. As for no identification, why couldn't you have a photocopy of your passport in a pocket? It's just paper, not metal or liquid and wouldn't set the alarm off.

Author: singsling

Joined: 6/23/2010
Posts: 241
Trips Taken: 11
Traveler Since: 1995

September 01, 2012

Luisa,

if only that simple.  We both get wanded, even after body scan, and the only paper we have been able to carry was a boarding pass.  pockets had to be emptied, even a little slip of paper has to be out of pockets.  Most of the airports we have flown out of was shoes off, even with body scan, empty pockets, no passport in hand. 

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 970
Trips Taken: 11
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

September 01, 2012

As I posted previously, they won't let me have a kleenex in my hand or pocket even when it's allergy season and I'm sniffling.  If only there was some consistency, but I guess that's too much to expect.

Author: janice!

Joined: 3/18/2010
Posts: 277
Trips Taken: 7
Countries Visited:

many

Traveler Since: 1999

September 01, 2012

 When I departed on my last trip, I had to pass through a full body scanner. Before they did the scan, the agent told me to remove everything, including the tissue she spotted, from my pockets before they did the scan. I didn't ask but I doubt she would have allowed me to hold it. 

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