Monday, December 28, 2009

TSA Changes

With so many of us traveling over the holidays and the failed Christmas day attack on a Northwest Airlines flight, we checked the TSA website regarding heightened security.  The TSA has added security measures; but they aren't disclosing the changes which vary from airport to airport.  You can also expect to stow your carry on bags, turn off electronics and remain seated for longer periods once you're on your flight.  Our advice?  Arrive earlier than usual and expect longer lines at the security gates. 

We're always interested in changes to the carry on regulations, since we try to avoid checking whenever possible.  Here's a sampling of some of the things TSA wants you to pack in your checked baggage or leave at home. 

Cranberry sauce, cologne, creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.), gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings), gravy, jams, jellies, lotions, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, perfume, salad dressing, and salsa.

We're puzzled by the cheese restriction: do they make draw a line between a triple cream and an aged cheddar?  When in doubt, send or pack it.  By the way, pies can be carried on but are subject to additional screening.

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