Am I allowed to take a Nintendo Switch through TSA in the inside pocket of my jacket or does it HAVE to go inside a carry-on bag? I’ve never flown commercially, what are the rules for this shit? If it fits on my person, can I just take it on the plane after security makes sure it’s not a bomb?
You have to empty your pockets to go through security screening (aka the metal detector while your possessions go through an x-ray conveyor belt). Before and after that, you can stick the switch up your ass for all they care.
basically this, have you really never flown with any other electronic devices OP? I've seen gays pull out work laptops on the flight all the time. at the end of the day, it has to go in a bag for the security screening.
I have never flown at all except for when I was a baby coming home from Germany (where I was born) and one other time for a leisure flight a few years ago in my dad’s Cessna 172.
Since the average TSA agent is pretty dumb, they might mistake it for a tablet. Standard practice for laptops & tablets is to take them out of the bag, as well as any protective casing, and place them in the tray without obstructing it. So if they think your Switch is a tablet, you can either play along with it, or you can try to fight an uphill battle.
>he has to take things out of his bag
just get precheck and never worry about it again
That's not entirely true. TSA precheck passengers can still be subject to regular screenings, it's just rare. I have had it happen twice over the last ~5 years.
It's pretty much always 50/50 I have Precheck and even in GE lines they will sometimes go through everything. It's seriously meant to be this way to keep potential trouble people guessing.
Put it in your carry on. Tsa is confusing but if you ask a question, a quick one, they'll always typically answer. I just started flying a lot recently, it's weird at first but you'll catch on quick. I'm one of those weirdos now who loves the ENTIRE process, but that's partially because I'm a pervert who looks at all the girls in line so time flies by quick hehehehe
I'm taking over your thread. I remember the general rule was arrive 2 hours before an international flight, and 45 minutes for domestic flights. Now I'm seeing 3 hours for international and 2 hours for domestic. Is this true? Seems a bit much for domestic travel.
I remember the general rule being up to 3 hours for international, and 1 hour for domestic. I remember hearing this for years.
Last summer, people (both travelers and airport staff) were recommending +1 hour to the above, so that would be up to 4 hours for international and 2 hours for domestic. However, this was supposed to be temporary. No idea how true it is today.
Yeah, 1 hour for domestic sounds reasonable. I have a flight coming up and the idea of arriving two whole fucking hours for a flight up to a flyover state is absurd. Maybe security takes longer or something.
A lot of domestic flight check-ins now close at 40-50 minutes before departure. If you're in the line when that happens, they'll speed you through, but you're cutting it very close because sometimes security screening is really slow.
Good to know, guess I'll get there early then. Thanks anon.
Depends but 3 hours is recommended for international. I am in Europe so things might differ in NA.
In my very own experience, the most time consuming thing before boarding a plane is the check in at the counter with luggage registration.
If your airline has a self-check service (ie, you print yourself the stickers, put them on your luggage on your own etc), then it’s pretty fast, no more than 20 minutes, and usually just 5 minutes.
If you have to go through the traditional counter with an actual human handling things for you, unless you have some special status (usually from “silver” or the equivalent onwards), then you have to queue and there are ALWAYS retards who have issues with their luggages who slow down the wait in line. About 1-2 hours of line, depending on your luck. The worst are usually non-white destinations because you always have heaps of retards who bring TOO MANY luggages and they try to bargain not having to pay for extra luggage.
Then comes passport control and security. Passport control is absolutely random, it can be extremely fast (barely 3 minutes) or just ok. It’s never too bad, never more than 15 minutes. Maybe rarely 30 minutes when there are too many people.
Security can potentially be bad, sometimes up to 50 minutes-1 hour in the worst case. Most of the time, it takes about 15-20 minutes, but it can get pretty bad when it’s peak season/hour. I took a flight last week there was at least 30 minutes of line. Sometimes it can get up to 1 hour. If you combine strict airport staff + retards who barely know the rules, it can slow down a lot.
Depending on your luck, on how strict the airport is, on how many retarded passengers will be at the airport, 3 hours are recommended at the very least. Most of the times you’ll be done with everything within 1-2 hours but sometimes you’ll be thankful for that extra hour.
Where in Europe do you wait more than 10 minutes for security?
Tell me please, I want to make sure to avoid that airport.
Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavik… sometimes it takes no more than 5 minutes, sometimes more than 10. There’s no general rule, some periods are peak seasons, some hours are rush hour and whatnot. I have flights weekly and it changes all the time.
I just took my Steam Deck on an international flight. You have to remove it from your check on bag just like a tablet or laptop.