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Fly Like Rudolph for the Holiday Season

Beautiful holiday themed wrapping paper and gift bags, oh what a sight!

While wrapped presents aren’t prohibited, we highly encourage you to keep your presents unwrapped in case our TSA officers need to inspect them. Both our officers and the jolly folks waiting in line behind you will be as merry as Mrs. Claus if you leave the wrapping for later.

Ahhh holiday beverages!

Sparkling schnapps, mulled wine, buttered rum punch, and peppermint chocolate martinis…it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Go ahead and stock these delicious beverages in your checked bag’s makeshift mini bar right next to your ugly holiday sweater collection. If it’s the stuff that makes Santa and his reindeer sway (contains 24-70% alcohol), keep these guys in their original unopened packaging and make sure to only bring 5 liters or less. 

Let’s spruce up the holidays, shall we?

Poinsettias, holly, and laurel really green up the holidays during the cold winter months. That’s why we’re happy to say that you can bring a plant as a carry-on as long as your plant fits in the overhead compartment or under your seat. No judgement if your plant is sporting a seasonal hat or beard.

Fruitier than fruit cake...is that possible??

Fruit cake, and no we’re not talking about Great Aunt Myrtle, is welcome to join you in your carry-on along with your sufganiyot (traditional Chanukah jelly donuts), plum cake, gingerbread cookies and other sugary treats. While it’s not required, consider removing your food from your carry-on bags and placing it in a separate bin to expedite the screening process.

A holiday without lights?! Bah humbug

Light up the holiday! You can bring your string of multicolored twinkling lights in either your carry-on or checked bags. Just make sure you don’t get tangled up in them on the way through the security checkpoint.

Eight “crazy nights” indeed!

Consider your menorah and Chanukah candles golden to bring in your carry-on. If your menorah uses oil to light those candles (#impressed!), make sure it follows the 3-1-1 liquid rule or go ahead and put it in your checked bag.

Behold, new tablets, laptops, smart watches galore!

Secret Santa’s got nothin’ on these guys! Tablets, e-readers, smart watches, electronic game consoles, and blue tooth speakers can all come onboard in your carry-on bag. Remember, if the device is larger than a cell phone, you’ll need to remove the item from your carry-on bag at the security checkpoint.

Learn more about traveling with electronics.

Hmmm, how’d that snowman get stuck in a glass ball of water? And does glitter come from the North Pole? #snowglobemysteries

Ornaments, shimmering decorations, and snow globes are what holidays are made of. And while most of these whimsical objects are fine to bring in your carry-on, it’s important to remember this rule of thumb: snow globes can only have 3.4 ounces of liquid or less and need to fit in a quart-sized resealable plastic bag. So shake it up Mr. Snowman!

Check out the What Can I Bring page for more information.

Sources: giphy.com