As if shopping for holiday gifts isn’t annoying enough, you have to tote the things halfway across the country to your family get-together. And for the travels back, you just know that your Great Aunt Millie will shove jams, jellies and cakes into your bag. Ugh. We’ll be the first to admit, the whole traveling through the holidays isn’t fun. And heck, with constantly changing TSA guidelines, it can be downright confusing. So before you pack, learn what favorite holiday items are and are not allowed on an airplane.
First and foremost: DO NOT WRAP GIFTS YOU’RE TAKING ON THE PLANE!!! Snakes on a plane? Maybe. Wrapped gifts on a plane? NO! While wrapped gifts are allowed, TSA officers may have to unwrap a gift to take a closer look inside. As we’ve mentioned before, make your life easier and ship wrapped gifts ahead of time or wrap gifts once you arrive at your destination. In fact, TSA recommends it.
Straight from TSA, here’s a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4oz.
Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
Jams and jellies
Oils and vinegars
Wine, liquor and beer
Cologne and perfume
You can take pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
Items purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.
As always, check TSA’s current list of prohibited items before you pack. And now to make things easier, you can sign up on the site to receive email alerts when the list changes. Awesome!