I feel a bit embarrassed to ask this but when you hand over something banned before getting on a plane, what verb should you use? Like, 'surrender' or 'give up'? And, speaking of it, what do you call those places at airports where your luggage is scanned, you're frisked down, etc.?

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    People commonly talk about going through security at airports, where items that are not permitted are confiscated. I don't know of a specific word for handing an item over. You could use surrender or hand over Feb 11, 2021 at 15:22
  • Those who feel the restrictions are onerous and often arbitrary would favor the term confiscate. Feb 11, 2021 at 16:23

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Surrendered is a good option but may also convey that the action was taken with some hesitation.

She surrendered the bottle of wine to the agent, displeased that customs cared about such a frivolous item.

If you have the flexibility, I would change the subject of your sentence.

The TSA agent confiscated the nail clippers I had forgotten in my bag.

Confiscate: appropriated by the government, forfeited

As for the place, the TSA calls it Security Screening, but just security is understandable enough in context.

I can accompany you as far as security, but then I will have to say goodbye.


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