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TSA offers tips to help your holiday travels run smoothly

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Posted at 12:40 PM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 07:17:46-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — The holiday travel season will kick into high gear this weekend, and it's expected to be a record breaker.

According to the AAA, nearly 116 million Americans will travel between Christmas and New Years.

Now, we all know packing for the holidays can be tough - and the last thing you want is for TSA to make you leave something behind.
So here are some of their tips on how to pack properly:


  1. Avoid wrapping gifts. Even though it's not an official rule, remember, if a TSA officer needs to inspect your gift and it's wrapped, they'll be forced to unwrap it.
  2. If you're traveling with holiday beverages, leave them unopened. Any liquid over 3.4 oz has to be packed inside a checked bag, but when it comes to alcohol, anything with 24 to 70 percent alcohol has to be in its original packaging. And only bring 5 liters or less.
  3. You can bring those decorations! Just make sure they meet necessary requirements. So you can feel free to bring plants, lights, or your menorah and Chanukah candles. But if you're packing them inside your carry-on. just make sure it fits in the overhead compartment or under your seat. And say you want to bring some oil for those candles, or even a snow globe, make sure these liquids are 3.4 oz or less.
  4. A simple rule to follow is the 3-1-1 rule. That mans you can pack one 3.4 oz bottle of liquid per 1 quart-sized clear plastic bag PER PASSENGER.

For a full list of TSA Travel Tips (paired with some hilarious holiday GIFs) click here.