Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving thanks...

...and getting an aggressive pat-down?

In preparation for Thanksgiving Day, many around the nation will be making their way to loved ones' homes, via - yes - "trains, planes and automobiles." And much like the hapless characters from the movie of the same name, starring Steve Martin and the late John Candy, holiday travelers will be facing all sorts of challenges.

Especially if they choose to fly.

By now, we've heard countless stories of invasive pat-downs, "porno scans" and other assaults on the dignity of the American flying public...all in an effort to quash terrorism!

Now, along with having to deal with TSA's play on the administration mantra, "Grope and Change," fliers - frequent and otherwise - now have to contend with a list of "no-nos." The list (supplied by The Folks Who Feel You Up), doesn't cover sharp objects, items that can be used to club people with, or anything remotely construed as a possible weapon.

Here's the TSA's list of "Foods That Don't Fly." (Man, I am so glad Uncle Al Qaeda won't be bringing his lousy cranberry sauce again this year!)

Traveling with Food or Gifts

How to Pack Food and Gift Items

When it comes to bringing items through checkpoints, we've seen just about everything. Traveling with food or gifts is an even bigger challenge. Everyone has favorite foods from home that they want to bring to holiday dinners, or items from their destination that they want to bring back home.
Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? Here's a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, 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
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Snowglobes
  • Soups
  • Wine, liquor and beer
Note: You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
Remember! – do not wrap gifts you're taking on the plane. Security officers may have to unwrap gifts if they need to take a closer look. Please ship wrapped gifts ahead of time or wait until your destination to wrap them.

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