More than 100 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home this holiday season, according to AAA. About 6 percent of those travelers — or 6,000,000 people — will be flying to their destinations.
For many, the holidays are one of the few occasions for air travel, so here are tips from the TSA to help reduce the stress factor.
1. Don't pack wrapped gifts. It's not illegal, but TSA agents will sometimes open your presents to check for security threats.
2. Arrive at the airport early. The TSA recommends giving yourself at least two hours: Remember, you may have to park, get your boarding pass, check your luggage, get through security and get to your gate.
3. Dress for success! Keep in mind that TSA requires the removal of shoes, belts, jackets, and coats, so you might want to save the fashion statements for holiday parties.
Note: Children 12 and under can keep their shoes on! Click here for more info about traveling with kids.
4. You CAN travel with liquor and wine, but it must be in your checked luggage.
5. You CAN travel with cakes, pies, bread, donuts, turkeys, and other holiday edibles in your carry-on luggage.
Did you know?
- Read the list of items that should be placed in your checked bags or shipped.
- TSA offers screening benefits for members of the U.S. Armed forces.
- If you have lost or forgotten your ID, you can still fly as long as can verify who you are by answering a few questions.
- More information here
Want to get an idea of how many people are traveling? Look at all these checked bags! #holidaytravel #busyday pic.twitter.com/CVusPiTgCC
— Andres Gutierrez (@AFGutierrez) December 18, 2015