SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Before boarding that cross-country flight with a 5 oz. container of liquid cranberry sauce or placing that perfectly wrapped gift in your carry-on, you’re going to want to read these tips provided by the Transportation Security Administration.
The following tips were provided by TSA just a couple days out from Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year.
1.) LEAVE GIFTS UNWRAPPED.
Traveling with a gift? You’ll want to leave it unwrapped – at least until you reach your destination.
The TSA says gifts are sometimes subject to additional inspection and, in those cases, agents may ask you to unwrap the inspected item. To save you from potentially having to wrap that gift twice, wait until you’re done traveling.
2.) ONLY FLY WITH CERTAIN FOODS.
Are you in charge of bringing the turkey? Are you gonna need to travel home with a doggie bag?
If you’re planning to fly to and from the family function this year, you might have to get picky with what foods you can bring/take home.
According to the TSA, “solid foods are allowed with no quantity limitations.”
However, liquids, spreads, creamy foods (e.g. mashed potatoes), must be in containers that are 3.4 oz. or less. Furthermore, those containers need to be “placed in a quart-sized bag with all other travel-sized liquids, gels and aerosols.”
Those same sizing regulations go for any half-melted or slushy ice packs. To avoid those size restrictions, all ice packs will need to be frozen solid at the time