TSA's Tips For Thanksgiving Travel

It’s a busy holiday week for many of us, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). They’re anticipating Thanksgiving travel will be busier this year than last year, and close to pre-pandemic levels, according to TSA Administrator David Pekoske. As a result, they’re expecting to screen as many as 2.5-million passengers on the busiest days, including today and Sunday, November 27th.

Pekoske says the TSA is ready to handle the increase in volume and they’re sharing tips to help things go smoothly for Thanksgiving travelers.

  • The TSA reminds passengers flying for Turkey Day that some foods are not allowed in their carry-on luggage. While it’s always okay to fly with solid foods, like cake, pie or cooked meat, like turkey, if you want to bring liquids like gravy, cranberry sauce, wine or jam, you’ll need to pack that in your checked suitcase. The agency warns, “If you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it or pour it, then it is a liquid and must be packed in a checked bag.”
  • Confused about what items can fly with you? The TSA recommends checking their “What Can I Bring?” website, which includes a searchable list of both allowed and prohibited items.
  • Have specific concerns? Travelers can submit questions to “@AskTSA” on Twitter or Facebook Messenger, where staff is available from 8a.m. to 6p.m. ET every day, even holidays and weekends.
  • Beyond food, the TSA also warns travelers to pack smartly when it comes to other prohibited items, like firearms. Those are not allowed in carry-ons, but can travel in checked bags as long as they’re not loaded and are “properly packaged and declared at the airline ticket counter.”
  • And just like any other day you fly, be sure to bring the correct ID, which includes a passport or a driver’s license.

Source: Travel And Leisure

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