Turkeys, Wrapped Presents And Flying – Holiday Travel Tips Part II

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In preparation for the busiest travel time of the year, I wanted to follow up on a few questions that we received in emails from readers around flying during the Holidays. In particular, what can you carry-on?

Wrapped Presents

To my surprise, wrapped gifts are allowed by the TSA through security in carry-on luggage. These wrapped presents are discouraged though. If you are asked to open it, you will have to comply. With that risk, plus the mangle effect that travel has on wrapping paper and bows, you are better off just wrapping your gifts when you arrive at your destination or shipping them in advance.


So, we all know the gist of carrying on liquids 3-1-1. Basically, 3.4 oz or less, one quart-sized bag per one person. But, have you considered the unusual Holiday items that are now allowed through TSA security.

Here’s the low down on what you can bring in you ziploc liquid bag, if you so desire:

  • Make-up, shaving cream, perfume/cologne, any toiletries as long as they are 3.4 oz or less.
  • Beverages…as long as they are 3.4 oz or less! Can you say points,miles&martinis!
  • Some snowglobes are now permitted. You know, the globe trinket that has snow it in when you flip it upside down. These are only allowed if the liquid in them appears to be less than 3.4 oz and fits in the quart-sized baggie.

Other Holiday fare that is permitted in carry-on luggage:

  • Turkeys – yeah, this is surprising, I know!
  • Cakes
  • Pies
  • Breads
  • Basically, anything not liquidy, sauces, etc. So, plan to buy your cranberry sauce when you arrive!

And please don’t forget to check your guns or leave them at home!

Wishing your families the Brightest Holiday Season! Happy Holidays from the Weekly Flyer Family to yours!

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  1. No guns? But-but-but I was going hunting for a turkey. That’s my story, officer, and I’m sticking with it. Ouch, these cuff are too tight.

  2. Since TSA always used to check our electronics bags, we have streamlined and cut down on the number of items we bring for entertainment. Long trips can be a hassle, and since we have kids, we have found a better/easier way to occupy the kids. I get two weeks vacation from DISH each year, and when I travel I like to bring my iPad and the free DISH Remote Access app along. I use my Sling Adapter at home, and these two, in tandem, let me take all my live TV channels and DVR with me on the go. I can let the kids watch their favorite cartoons or movies, and it’s really nice not having to take a jumbo bag filled with a mini DVD player and movies.

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