For those travelling over the holiday season Travel N Relax would like to offer you these tips, from the Transportation Security Administration, that will help you speed through airport security.
- Do not gift-wrap carry-on items. Security officers may have to unwrap gifts if they need to take a closer look. Either ship wrapped gifts ahead of time or wait until your destination to wrap them.
- Do not bring remote-controlled toys as carry-on luggage. According to the TSA… “Unfortunately in this world we live in, terrorists have an interest in using remote-controlled detonators.” You can put them in checked bags.
- Pies (and other food, such as gingerbread, cookies and the like) are permitted as carry-on items. It doesn’t matter the consistency, however the TSA may perform some additional scrutiny on the passenger or the plate.
- Jams and jellies are considered gels and are therefore subject to the 3-1-1 rules if brought as carry-on items: They must be in containers no bigger than 3 ounces, and they must all fit in one one-quart clear zip-top plastic bag. (Otherwise, wrap them carefully to prevent breakage, and put them with your checked bags.)
Not sure about what you can and can’t bring through the checkpoint? Here’s a list of other liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home: Gravy Salad dressing Oils and vinegars Cranberry sauce Salsa Sauces Maple syrup Creamy dips Wine, liquor and beer Other beverages Soups Every airport in the country with more than one security lane now has a designated “family lane,” but you don’t need to be traveling with children to use it. These lanes are open to any travelers who don’t want to be rushed, whether due to special needs, or just wanting a few more minutes to remove shoes and coats, open up laptops and deal with other items. Travelers carrying medically necessary liquids over 3 ounces (such as diabetics) should also use the family lanes. If you are picking up a last-minute gift at the airport or taking holiday gifts from home on your flight? 3-1-1 applies to gifts purchased before the checkpoint too: Snowglobes Perfume Cologne After shave Lotions Wine, beer and liquor Gift baskets with food items like salsa, jams and salad dressings Items purchased after the checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane. Travel N Relax hopes these tips are helpful to you and wishes you and yours the very best of Holiday Seasons!