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TSA reveals 10 tips for Thanksgiving travel

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Officers expect a record 26.8 million passengers to travel during the busy period

Thanksgiving is among the busiest times for the travel industry overall. And this year, the hustle and bustle will strike more than ever before. 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects more than 26.8 million people to travel between 22 November and 2 December this year, which is a 4 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Passengers should check which Thanksgiving food items are allowed in a carry-on bag — TSA photoPassengers should check which Thanksgiving food items are allowed in carry-on bags — TSA photo

To get through the security screening process smoothly, TSA agents have revealed ten tips for Thanksgiving travelers

10 tips for smooth Thanksgiving travel by TSA

  1. Passengers should get to the airport at least two hours prior to a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. “Only a turkey gets to the airport in the last minute during the Thanksgiving travel period. Don’t be a turkey!” the TSA said.  
  2. Passengers should check which food is allowed in a carry-on bag. Items such as pies, cakes, stuffing mix, casseroles, and similar Thanksgiving ingredients are good to go because they are all solid food items.
  3. Other food items, such as gravy, cranberry sauce, wine, jam, preserves, are allowed only in checked bags. “Basically if you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it or pour it, (say that three times fast) then it’s not a solid and should be packed in a checked bag,” TSA added. 
  4. Instead of boots with laces, TSA agents recommend wearing slip-on shoes that can save your time during the security check. 
  5. Obviously, both electric and non-electric carving knives belong in checked bags.
  6. Passengers should pack wisely and avoid bringing any prohibited items.
  7. In case of doubts, passengers can check what they can put in their carry-ons in the free MyTSA app. 
  8. The agents suggest that passengers should use their time at the check-point wisely. “It’s the perfect time to take items out of your pockets and place them in your carry-on bag and to get your ID and boarding pass ready to hand to the TSA officer,” they said.
  9. To make the process even faster, passengers could enroll in the TSA Precheck. It allows them to leave on their shoes, lightweight jacket, and belt while going through the checkpoint. Plus, travelers can leave electronics and a one-quart-size liquids bag in a carry-on bag instead of removing it at the checkpoint.
  10. Passengers should pay attention to the guidance that the TSA officers are providing at the checkpoint. They may be directing them to a shorter line or guiding them around someone who is moving slowly. 
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