TSA Urges Holiday Travelers to Learn Checkpoint Security Rules

The TSA is urging all holiday travelers to learn the basics of the security checkpoint rules to keep the long lines at security moving as quickly as possible.

Airports at Thanksgiving and Christmas time will be crowded, and many travelers will be people who fly infrequently and may know little about security regulations.

See which airports will be busiest this holiday season, and which will be slow

Security Regulations Every Passenger Should Know

Frequent flyers may find this review simplistic, but it may come as news to some and a good refresher course for others:

  • No Liquids Over 3.4 Ounces

Most travelers believe the liquid rule limits you to containers of 3 ounces or less, but the actual allowance is a bit more: 3.4 ounces or 100 ml.

Tip: liquid-filled snow globes are not allowed through security

Read the 7 Best Airport Strategies for Smoother Holiday Travel

  • Adults Take Shoes Off, Children Keep Shoes On

For those who haven’t flown in years, you may be surprised when asked to remove your shoes. Only kids 12 and under can keep them on, as well as some frequent flyers participating in the TSA’s new Precheck pilot program

  • Do Not Wrap Gifts

Chances are very good that wrapped gifts will be opened. Save this chore for your destination or ship wrapped gifts ahead of time.

  • Some Holiday Foods are Permitted, Some are Not

Yes, you can bring some home-made treats through security such as pies and cakes but they may receive a close inspection which could take valuable time. Items that are the least bit “liquid-y” such as jams or gravy will not be permitted.


Published: November 16, 2011