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    Forum Member kkintea's Avatar
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    Clear quarter cube and airport security?

    Anybody flown recently with the clear quarter cube? I'm planning to use one side as my 3-1-1 bag (with a ziploc inside in case anything leaks) and other side for misc travel stuff (chargers, first aid kit, etc).

    My question is do I have to take the ziploc out, or can it go through airport security inside the clear quarter cube?

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    Technically, the ziploc has to come out so they can look through both sides.

    However, sometimes they forget.

    And sometimes they will ask you to take it out.

    And sometimes after you take it out that will be the end of it.

    And sometimes after you take it out, they'll go through your entire bag, item by item.

    The key to TSA is "sometimes."
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    Forum Member ChrisG's Avatar
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    TECHNICALLY, a 3-1-1- bag is supposed to be a "1 quart transparent plastic bag hermetically sealed" per the 3-1-1 website. I have overheard TSA agents say that anything other than a "ziploc" bag is unacceptable, though I do use a Clear Organizer Cube as my 3-1-1 bag and have never personally had an issue with it.

    Because the Clear Quarter Cube is only clear on one side however, I think it would probably be an issue if anyone looks at it. The Clear Organizer Cube is clear on both sides and only opaque around the edges.

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    Forum Member dnarud13's Avatar
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    I use the Clear Org Cube for my 3-1-1 and have never had it questioned before.
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    Forum Member dorayme's Avatar
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    I also use my 3-1-1 and it has not raised any question or concern.
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