Passport Security Stickers

Old Apr 18, 17, 9:51 am
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I know this is a very old thread, but I had a question very much related to the topic so it seemed better to post here that create a new one.

I fly Europe to US a lot, so I am used to getting the questions and the stickers when I check in. However, my next flight I am not taking a direct route, rather than flying MAN-EWR I am flying MAN-FRA-IAH. I am also not checking any bags. Thus, my question is, where do I get my sticker? Can I just show up at boarding in FRA without a sticker and tell them I came in on a connecting flight?
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Old Apr 18, 17, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by swiftaw View Post
I know this is a very old thread, but I had a question very much related to the topic so it seemed better to post here that create a new one.

I fly Europe to US a lot, so I am used to getting the questions and the stickers when I check in. However, my next flight I am not taking a direct route, rather than flying MAN-EWR I am flying MAN-FRA-IAH. I am also not checking any bags. Thus, my question is, where do I get my sticker? Can I just show up at boarding in FRA without a sticker and tell them I came in on a connecting flight?
@swiftaw, I moved your question to a newer thread discussing the security stickers.

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Old Apr 19, 17, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by swiftaw View Post
I know this is a very old thread, but I had a question very much related to the topic so it seemed better to post here that create a new one.

I fly Europe to US a lot, so I am used to getting the questions and the stickers when I check in. However, my next flight I am not taking a direct route, rather than flying MAN-EWR I am flying MAN-FRA-IAH. I am also not checking any bags. Thus, my question is, where do I get my sticker? Can I just show up at boarding in FRA without a sticker and tell them I came in on a connecting flight?
The staff at the continental European gateway to the US will do this process, if applicable; and in your case it would be at FRA (if anywhere). At or near the boarding gate area is where this takes place at FRA for most FRA transit passengers.
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Old Apr 19, 17, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by swiftaw View Post
I know this is a very old thread, but I had a question very much related to the topic so it seemed better to post here that create a new one.

I fly Europe to US a lot, so I am used to getting the questions and the stickers when I check in. However, my next flight I am not taking a direct route, rather than flying MAN-EWR I am flying MAN-FRA-IAH. I am also not checking any bags. Thus, my question is, where do I get my sticker? Can I just show up at boarding in FRA without a sticker and tell them I came in on a connecting flight?
The stickers are local to the airport that issued them, so once you depart that airport, stickers no longer have any meaning. The sticker is shorthand for the gate agent to know that you've been interviewed - at that airport. The agents at the airport don't care what might have happened at a prior airport.
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Old Sep 20, 22, 6:25 pm
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Ever not had the passport "security" sticker?

Recently when departing LHR for a return trip to the US, having no checked luggage and an electronic boarding pass I was going to head to the gate. But I decided to ask if my passport needed to checked first. I was told I needed to pass through the "security" check first then go to the counter. The "security" check where they ask about your bags and put a silly sticker on the back of your passport before going to counter. The person at the counter said to do passport check at the gate.

I passed through the normal security and while in the lounge had my passport checked. I was told the check was not needed and I was set. When I got to the gate I showed my passport and BP. Where upon looking at the sticker I was "selected" for additional screening. The screening was joke.

Afterwards I got to thinking. In hindsight, as my passport did not need to be checked there was no real reason for me to go through the initial "security" check first thus no silly sticker. So wondering has anyone ever not had the passport "security" sticker when they got to the gate? What happened???
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Old Sep 21, 22, 2:28 am
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Originally Posted by FlyingUnderTheRadar View Post
Afterwards I got to thinking. In hindsight, as my passport did not need to be checked there was no real reason for me to go through the initial "security" check first thus no silly sticker. So wondering has anyone ever not had the passport "security" sticker when they got to the gate? What happened???
Some of us do at times get to the US airlines’ departure gates at some European airports without having encountered the airline’s employees and security contractors until getting to (or close to) the gate area for departure. Many times they have had security contractors there to catch someone like me and go through the same process of questioning and stickers on passports as would have happened if I had instead first checked in in-person with the airline land-side at the airport and/or at a transfer desk for the airline and dealt with the security contractors there instead of by the gates.

Skipping the check-in desks and/or transfer desks on my Europe-US trips is not a reliable way to avoid a secondary search at the gate areas for flights where the sticker on passport OBC is part of the process. Whether they choose to apply the sticker or not at around that “late” point, it doesn’t really change anything.

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