Holiday Travel Tips
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and many of you will be traveling to celebrate the season with friends and family. If you are traveling by air this year, I have several holiday tips to help you navigate through the holiday crowd at the airport and have a pleasant experience as you move through security.
- Be nice to the TSA. Remember, they are there for your security and to keep you safe when traveling by air.
- No wrapped gifts. Wrap it when you get to your destination. You know who you are! I love to gift wrap however, if the package needs to be opened, there goes all your hard work.
- No hover boards! In light of the recent battery fires involving hover boards, most, if not all airlines have banned them on board their aircraft. Double check with your airline before you head to the airport.
- Dress appropriately. I do not mean holiday green and red! Unless you have TSA PreCheck status, shoes, belts and some accessories may need to be removed before you are screened. Save all your wristbands, heavy jewelry and belts for your destination, not your plane ride. Not only will you zip through screening faster, everyone in line behind you will appreciate you not holding up the line.
- Liquids. Remember to place your liquids (3.4 ounces) in a quart sized bag for security screening. Anything larger and you will have to leave it behind. You have been warned!
- Toys. While many toys are acceptable, many are not. Please do not bring toy guns, knifes etc in your carry-on luggage. I know, I know, they are for kids but no one on board an aircraft is going to take the time to see if the gun you are pointing is real or not. Do not take the chance!
- Firearms. The real ones not the toys, are not allowed in your carry-on luggage. You would be surprised how many firearms the TSA confiscates each year from passengers going through security. Check your bags before you depart so you are not detained at security. Remember, flights are full this time of year, if you miss your flight because of this, you may not get on another one. Double check your bags before you leave!
- If you see something say something. If you see something out of place which alarms you, whether at the airport or on the aircraft, please notify an airport or airline employee immediately. Better to be cautious and safe than take a chance.
- Pack your patience. Lines will be long. Bring a sense of humor. However, no jokes about explosives or guns. Security will take those comments, even jokes, seriously!
- Check with your airline before you leave the house. Find out if your flight is on-time. Consider using your airline’s mobile app for automated notifications on your flight.
For more helpful tips from the TSA when traveling by air, check out their website:
Have a very safe journey and Happy Holidays!
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