Air Travel on Thanksgiving Weekend


If you are traveling by air this Thanksgiving weekend, plan on arriving at the airport earlier than normal due to heightened security checks and the increased number of travelers. It is expected that there will be more pat downs; palms being swabbed for explosives, laptops being checked, and more—so plan on delays. TSA Pre√® passengers may be asked to remove their shoes and undergo additional screenings as well.

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Packing Food Items:

If you will be bringing food items for Thanksgiving in your carry-on luggage, there are a few things to take into consideration. According to the Travel Security Administration (TSA), pies and cakes are allowed in your carry-on bag (they may still be subject to an additional screening); however, items like gravies, creamy dips and sauces, salad dressings, soups, or spreads that are over 3.4 oz. are not allowed in your carry-on and must be packed in your checked luggage.

To keep them from leaking inside your bag, pack them in a leak proof container and then put that inside a sealed plastic bag for added protection. If traveling with early Christmas gifts, do not have them wrapped when going through security.

The terrorist attacks in Paris, the Russian plane going down, and the State Department’s worldwide travel caution have contributed to the Transportation Security Department stepping up security on public transportation.

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“If You See Something, Say Something is a national campaign by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise public awareness on suspicious activities. If you see a bag unattended…if someone asks you to watch their bags… or if you see someone acting suspiciously—notify security or local authorities.

Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

For more insightful travel ideas, check out my book:

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