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TSA guidelines: Thanksgiving edition

tsa112212_optBY PAM LOBLEY

Just in time for stressful holiday travel, the TSA has released an updated list of helpful hints for packing luggage and boarding planes this season. Among the notable suggestions: cakes and pies may be subject to additional screening.

I think that’s called a taste test.

As usual, all liquids or gels are prohibited from being in your carry-on luggage unless they are in 3.4 oz. clear containers. So, if you must travel with giblet gravy, and you know who you are, Ziploc that bad boy and check it through.

The TSA has made a few changes to expedite the holiday crowds, one of which, according to My Fox Detroit, is that passengers under 12 and over 75 may keep their shoes on when going through security.

Whew! That’s going to make those lines a breeze!

They also advise to allow plenty of time packing so that you can fit as much as possible into your checked baggage and reduce time in security. Leave plenty of time in your schedule to go through security before your flight. Six hours ought to do it.

On a related note: a survey by Harris Interactive revealed that one-third of Americans would be “willing” or “somewhat willing” to undergo a body cavity search in order to fly. Fifty-seven percent said they would be unwilling. Five percent said they would indeed fancy a body cavity search and wondered if it cost extra. This certainly gives new meaning to the slogan “Fly the Friendly Skies.”

Seriously, though, as reported on Infowars.com, it is unclear if those people polled understood what a body cavity search is. Perhaps they thought they were getting a free dental checkup.

You can call the TSA Helpline at 1-855-787-2227 with other questions. Happy Flying!

Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Check out her blog: Better Living Through Chaos! Follow her on Twitter @plobley.


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