Travel tips regarding Airport Security

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by phong, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. phong macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I am going to be back from Israel pretty soon and wondering about getting through Ben Gurion airport, regarding check-in, and security (especially as an American).

    Arriving here wasn't so difficult but I hear that going out, I have heard about having to deal and longgg process of interrogation and having everybody asking you the same questions over and over again. I totally respect what they are trying to do, with security and all. I have brought along my 5G iPod, external battery for iPod, dSLR, PowerBook, those are basically my electronic devices. I have heard about them taking your devices and checking them out, and sometimes even confiscating it, or sending it later (which may or may not get to you).

    I assume to answer all of their questions truthfully and honestly, follow all directions, etc.

    But are your tips and advice to making it an easier process and what can I do to ensure all my things will be in my possession? Would love to hear those who have traveled to Israel or any countries where security is a huge thing.

    It's been a pretty great experience here in Israel, as it is my first time. But I just hope coming home isn't too much of a hassle.


    Thanks!

    Phong
     
  2. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    if you're not doing anything illegal, then security checks won't be an issue
     
  3. iGary Guest

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    You have obviously never flown on El Al. ;)

    I have a large Pelican Case that I put locks on, which means that I have to open it up for them to inspect (not ruffle through it while they are screening me). Consider that. :)
     
  4. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    True, but have done a fair bit of overseas traveling since 9/11. Europe and elsewhere. No issues yet.

    Obviously any baggage with conspicuous locks will attract attention.
     
  5. iGary Guest

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    Flying in and out of Israel is...interesting.

    And I have no issues with my locked cases attracting attention. At least they have to wait for me before they go digging in my stuff. I have had a laptop and a lens destroyed by fumbling hands. They tend to be much more careful if you are right there watching.

    i used to just say "I'd like to be present when my stuff is searched," but that doesn't stop them from disregarding what I said. I just put all my camera gear, laptop and other valuables in that case...I've been 100% succesful so far.

    Good luck to the OP.
     
  6. lexus macrumors 68000

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    You guys have never been to Iran. That is an experience:rolleyes:
     
  7. pink-pony115 macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure iff this will help anything but keep your electrionics in orginal boxes. I dunno it just seems logical.
     
  8. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    i know i've heard similar horror stories, but i have yet to experience the kind of treatment that i hear about. any i travel with multiple cameras, lenses, electronic equipment also.
     
  9. iGary Guest

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    My problem is that I fly one-way alot when I am doing certain types of work, and that is usually an instant flag for extra security. :)
     
  10. bumpy macrumors newbie

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    A friend of mine got strip searched when leaving Israel due to the fact that he'd been there a week and only had one small holdall.

    My tip, take a suitcase.
     

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