The Spirit of the Season

When Bearing Gifts….

If you want to travel like a wise man, remember liquids such as colognes, perfumes, frankincense and myrrh must not exceed 3.4 ounces in your carry-on bag. And also, hang onto your gold. Every year, hundreds of watches, bracelets, necklaces and other items are left behind at the TSA checkpoint.

Oh Dreidel We Shall Play!

Dreidels come in many sizes and shapes. This fun toy spins around like a top and falls on a letter of the Hebrew alphabet which is on each side of the dreidel. If you are traveling through the security checkpoint with many small items, consider placing them in a small bag or container. This helps you stay organized and allows for a smoother screening process.


Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates African heritage in  African-American culture and history. On each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa a candle inside of the Kinara, a candle holder similar to a menorah in Jewish tradition, is lit. Both the Kinara and the seven candles can be carried through the checkpoint or in checked-baggage.

Mensch on a Bench and Elf on a Shelf!

While not a religious item, these popular figures are holiday favorites! Whether you name your Mensch on the Bench ‘David’ or your Elf on the Shelf ‘Ellie,’ both can travel through the security checkpoint. Just make sure they don’t do anything mischievous, as they like to get into EVRYTHING!

It's Not Just December!

Religious holidays and celebrations happen year-round. Please inform our officers if you have religious, cultural or ceremonial items that are delicate, and may require extra careful handling. And you can always speak with a supervisor if have additional questions or need assistance.