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TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Valentine's Day Travel Pointers

Tuesday, February 04, 2014
valentine chocolates

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate this week’s travel tips to Valentine’s Day related items. Here are some common items we see around this time of year.

  • Chocolates - Regular and cream/liquid filled chocolates are good to go.
  • Perfume - Bottles 3.4 ounces and smaller are permitted in your carry-on bag as long as they are placed in the baggie per the 3-1-1 liquid guidelines. Larger bottles may be packed in your checked baggage.
  • Flowers - You can bring fresh flowers through the checkpoint, but not in a container filled with water. We suggest wrapping the stems in damp paper towels and plastic wrap or foil to keep them hydrated while you travel.
  • Gift Baskets - Gift baskets often contain lotions, oils, and perfumes. If you’re carrying these items through the checkpoint, they must adhere to the 3-1-1 liquid guidelines.
  • Wrapped Gifts - It’s permissible to pack wrapped gifts in your bags, but if the gift alarms or requires additional screening, we’ll have to unwrap it.
  • Destination Weddings - If you have a destination wedding planned for Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out this blog post on traveling with a wedding dress.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by Unknown on

Hey bob,
Tried clicking on your travel with wedding dress link and it directed me to a log in page. Is there something I'm missing??

Submitted by Unknown on

Bob,
Tried clicking on the wedding dress link on the Destination Wedding paragragh and it directed me to a login page, am I missing something??

Submitted by Anonymous on

Easier answer; buy it when you get there!

Submitted by Susan Richart on

This thread is an incredible misuse of my taxpayer money, waste, fraud, whatever you want to call it.

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Submitted by Anonymous on

If you don't like it, don't read it - and waste your time. The rest of the world likes it and reads it.

Submitted by Anonymous on

The "traveling with a wedding dress" link above links through TSA's "outlook web application." It cannot be viewed by the outside public. Please edit the post to include the correct link.

thankyou.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why is one large bottle of perfume not allowed to be carried on but several smaller bottles are permitted? It is the same volume of liquid. The larger bottle could even be put inside ziplock bag too if you are concerned about limiting the total volume.

Of course I don't see why liquids are still banned. You've shown on this blog that you can test liquids. Random liquid testing would be sufficient to limit threats.

Submitted by Anonymous on
Why is one large bottle of perfume not allowed to be carried on but several smaller bottles are permitted? It is the same volume of liquid. The larger bottle could even be put inside ziplock bag too if you are concerned about limiting the total volume.

Of course I don't see why liquids are still banned. You've shown on this blog that you can test liquids. Random liquid testing would be sufficient to limit threats.

Actually, perfume is quite flammable, being primarily alcohol. Along with the flammability of the liquid, the 3.4oz serves to keep the volume controlled. Yes, you could use your quart size baggie to put as many 3.4oz containers within it, which might get you maybe 4 of them in and it still close, but still, the total volume is considered when measuring the safety factor.
Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
Why is one large bottle of perfume not allowed to be carried on but several smaller bottles are permitted? It is the same volume of liquid. The larger bottle could even be put inside ziplock bag too if you are concerned about limiting the total volume.

Of course I don't see why liquids are still banned. You've shown on this blog that you can test liquids. Random liquid testing would be sufficient to limit threats.

February 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

...............................
The TSA LGA ban is just more theater.

There is little threat from LGA's and this policy should be abandoned.

Your right that random testing would mitigate any threat but TSA is to busy feeling up peoples crotches to do any real security.

And TSA can't use the lack of manpower argument since we know that all of TSA's BDO's offer nothing to the security equation.

Submitted by Lisa Simeone on

Gee, Valentine's Day! Wow, how sweet! Another nonsense post from a worthless agency. Keep trying to distract attention from Jason Harrington's exposé. It won't work.

Wonder if this comment will see the light of day. Doubtful.

Submitted by Betty on

we still need to have these reminders because so many feel they can still travel with anything they want regardless of the rules, such as the jerks that still bring guns and knives. Please let TSA do their job and keep us safe. Stop with the "check the other person" "Don't check me I am ok"
all the same time people are still out there to hurt us anyway possible. I welcome these messages they keep me informed.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Interesting....is the poster that wrote

"If you don't like it, don't read it - and waste your time. The rest of the world likes it and reads it.

February 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM"

A TSA employee working for the blog and posting anonymously on "company time"?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...
"If you don't like it, don't read it - and waste your time. The rest of the world likes it and reads it."

Citation, please ;) YOU like it and read it. YOU do not equal the rest of the world.

Submitted by Anonymous on

What, nothing about Terrorist Toothpaste?

Submitted by Anonymous on

"Why is one large bottle of perfume not allowed to be carried on but several smaller bottles are permitted?"

Because even though stable liquid explosives don't exist, and even though TSA has never intercepted a single dangerous liquid, and even though the "liquid bombers" arrested in London in 2006 did not actually have liquid explosives, let alone passports or airline tickets, TSA thinks this pointless and easily circumvented protocol gives the appearance of security.

7:23 MST, 2/6/14

Submitted by Anonymous on

"Destination Weddings – If you have a destination wedding planned for Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out this blog post on traveling with a wedding dress."


The link doesn't work! It's going to Outlook email. Unless you can give me a username and password?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Hello, when I click on "3-1-1 liquid guidelines" ask for a email login, I think is a mistake, please check the link, I want to read the liquid guidelines. Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous on

Repeal ATSA! Power to the Constitution. TSA is tyranny

Submitted by Anonymous on

Return security to 9-10-2001. End the security theater. Let guns and battle axes on aircraft. Neither will bring the craft down.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Absolute waste of tax payer money for sure. Fully agree with you Lisa.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Now that you fixed the links in this post, it's a good time to fix the links in the Dec 17, 2013 post that was called out to you several times already.

Maybe go back and fix the erroneous listing of a camping saw as a "garotte" and a welding tool as a "pickaxe."

Submitted by Sean on

There might be a reason why they are doing this for our own protection.

Submitted by Fatimah Umer on

Good read... My wedding is around the cornet... got some good points for myself..