If you’re flying with young kids, the Transportation Security Administration asks that you keep an eye out for their Family Lanes that are specially designed to deal with little ones and to steer grumpy frequent flyers into another line.
But don’t worry: As the agency previously announced, young children are no longer subjected to enhanced pat downs — except in rare circumstances — and children under age 12 may now keep their shoes on as they go through security.
Here are some other aviation security tips, as provided Wednesday by TSA on its blog:
— Double Check Your Bag For Guns And Knives: Yes, seriously. TSA officers have found more than 1,000 guns in passenger’s bags so far this year. Many were loaded. Guns may be placed in checked bags, but carrying them on board is a big no-no.
— Gifts: Be aware that some wrapped gifts may need to be unwrapped if screeners detect something suspicious. Such searches are likely to slow down folks behind you in line.
— Keep Your Snow Globes at Home: The holiday staple is prohibited in carry-on luggage because “They are sealed containers full of liquid that would have to be opened and destroyed to test,” TSA said. “We’re not in the business of busting snow globes, so we suggest you place them in your checked baggage or mail them ahead of time.”
— What About Pie?: Yes, you may carry a pie onto a plane, but it may be subject to additional screening if the screeners suspect something suspicious. But NO — TSA says screening a pie doesn’t include eating it, no matter what the screeners tell you. Cakes, bread, donuts and — believe it or not — turkeys (raw, cooked or live) are permitted on board, so long as the airline is OK with it.
— What Other Foods are Prohibited?: Several food items should be placed in checked bags or shipped, and won’t be permitted on board. Those items include: cranberry sauce, creamy dips and spreads (like cheeses and peanut butter), gift baskets with food items (like salsa and jams), gravy, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer. (Besides, they serve beer on board. Of course you have to pay for it — and you can’t use cash — but still...)
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