It’s been nearly six months since we launched the @AskTSA program. Since then, we’ve been receiving many questions, so we felt that it would be helpful to share some of these Q & A’s with our blog readers, where we can respond in more than 140 characters!
If you’re scratching your head and wondering what @AskTSA is, it’s a small team of TSA professionals from various agency offices who answer TSA related questions from the traveling public that are sent via Twitter. You can read more about the program in this recent USA Today article.
Somebody tweeted @AskTSA yesterday about traveling with flowers, so we decided to post some Valentine’s Day travel tips.
In response to the above tweet, yes, you can bring flowers through the checkpoint for transport on the plane as a carry-on, 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. This special method is recommended due to the 3-1-1 liquid guidelines.
In addition to traveling with flowers, here are some other Valentine’s Day related travel tips:
- Chocolates – Regular and cream/liquid filled chocolates are good to go.
- Perfume – Containers 3.4 ounces and smaller are permitted in your carry-on bag as long as they are placed in the plastic bag per the 3-1-1 liquid guidelines. Larger containers may be packed in your checked baggage.
- 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.
You may also wish to consult with your airline about any policies they may have regarding the item (s) you’d like to travel with.
If you have any TSA related travel questions, please send a tweet to our @AskTSAteam. They’re available to answer your questions, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Eastern time, weekdays; 9a.m. - 7p.m., weekends/holidays.
TSA Social Media Team