Long lines, busy airports, tight security - welcome to the Thanksgiving travel season!
Travelers may want to be thinking only of sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, but with airlines cracking down on the shape and size of your carry on, along with the TSA reminding you what you can and can’t put in it, planning ahead will help you avoid unnecessary frustration so you can focus on turkey, shopping, and family.
Although maybe not in that order.
And speaking of our friends at the TSA, you’re likely aware the 3-1-1 Rule is still in effect (liquids in the amount of 3.4 ounces or less, carried in a 1-quart bag, 1 bag per passenger) for air travel, but did you know there are instances where your protein powder - among other things - are limited, too?
If you’re headed out of the country for your turkey with all the trimmings, you will be limited on what you can bring back into the U.S.
Plan on stocking up on Blue Mountain coffee while you’re in Jamaica? Or spices while in the Dominican Republic? If the package is less than 12 ounces, about the size of a soda can, you’ll simply have it in the bin to be screened along with your 3-1-1 items. Sugar, flour, baby formula, etc. all fit this picture, too. It won’t even need to be in its own plastic bag.
Anything larger than 12 ounces? Put it in your checked luggage, or prepare for additional screening. That could mean opening vacuum sealed cans or packages, so it at all possible, check it rather than carry on.
So how can you go over the river and through the woods without losing your cool? Two words - be prepared.