Travel Tip: Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Turkey with the text: Stay Healthy Stay Secure

Pack your stretchy pants – it’s that time of year! If you choose to travel for Thanksgiving, here are some tips you’ll want to know.

TSA PreCheck®

We won’t be able to help out with the holiday traffic on the road, but we sure can get you an expressway through the security checkpoint. With TSA PreCheck®, you can breeze through airport security. Children 12 and under can accompany a parent or guardian who has TSA PreCheck® on their boarding pass. For more information or to apply, visit here.

Don’t Gift Up

Traveling with gifts? We HIGHLY recommend that you wait until you arrive at your destination to wrap gifts. Gifts may need to be unwrapped for additional inspection and we may not have the means to rewrap them for you in both carry-on and checked bags.

Leftovers are for Quitters

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers? Nothing beats that meal again the next day all condensed into sandwich form. So what food is allowed in your carry-on?

Solid foods are allowed with no quantity limitations. Liquid, creamy or spreadable food items must be in containers that are 3.4 oz. or less. The containers must be placed in your quart-sized bag with other travel-sized liquids, gels and aerosols.

Need to keep everything cool? Any ice or ice packs must be completely frozen solid when presented for screening. If they're slightly melted, slushy or there's liquid in the bottom of the container, they must also be 3.4 oz. or less and placed in your quart-sized bag with other travel-sized liquids, gels and aerosols.

Eat, Drink and Cranberry

Now to help answer a common question. Can you bring alcohol in your carry-on bag? Well, you may carry on as many small bottles of alcohol (3.4 ounces or less) as will fit in your single quart-sized liquids bag along with your other travel-sized liquids.

What about your checked bags? Alcoholic beverages with less than 24% alcohol content, such as beer and wine, are allowed in checked bags with no quantity limitations. You may also take up to five liters of alcohol with alcohol content between 24% and 70%. Those containers must be in their unopened retail packaging. For more information on the guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration, visit here.


Still have questions? Contact our AskTSA Customer Care Team on Twitter and Facebook. Live assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on weekends and holidays.

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