'Tis the season for traveling, and this year, 27.3 million passengers are expected to travel on U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving season, according to Airlines for America. The Transportation Security Administration recommends planning ahead to give plenty of time for parking, busy lines and checkpoint screenings. To make sure your Thanksgiving travel goes even more smoothly, TSA has some tips for which holiday favorites you can and cannot take aboard your flight.
TSA Thanksgiving 2016 Travel Tips
- In charge of bringing the bird? TSA confirms travelers CAN pack a turkey in your carry-on or checked bags.
- Turduckens have special rules
- Gravy, however, is prohibited from carry-on bags unless it’s packed it in accordance with liquid polices. Fliers can also pack it in checked baggage.
- Wine, liquor, beer and other beverages are permitted in checked baggage. According to the TSA, travelers can can also bring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz or less bottles in a carry-on in the liquids bag. There are restrictions about drinking alcohol. FAA regulations state that “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”
- Cakes, pies, bread, donuts, fruits, vegetables, turkeys, etc., are all allowed, according to the FAA Thanksgiving guideliens.
- Dry Ice has its own guidelines found here.
- Travelers can bring wrapped gifts, but be prepared for them to be unwrapped. If there’s something in the gift that needs to be inspected, TSA may have to open it. Plus, TSA says wrapped gifts tend to slow down the line and are discouraged.