What holiday travelers should not bring to the airport

TSA officials at Bradley International Aiport

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — An estimated 38 million Americans are expected to be traveling through the nation’s airports this week. Many are not experienced travelers so the Transportation Safety Administration is offering some tips on what NOT to bring along.

The number of people flying this week is estimated to be about 40 percent higher than average because of the holidays. That means that about one traveler in three doesn’t fly very much, and is not as accustomed to the flying routine as regular business travelers, and that can add to the delays at TSA screenings.

More than 3,000 items have been confiscated at Bradley Airport in the past 30 days from carry-on bags. Mostly tools and knives as well as things that look like a weapon or an explosive. Things that look like hand grenades and toy guns! Many of these items would have been okay to take on a flight if they had only been inside a checked piece of luggage.

The TSA’s Mike McCarthy says there is an alternative to confiscation, as long as you have enough time, “You can go back and put it in your car or if you have a friend or relative that dropped you off, if they can circle back around you can hand the item off to them.”

Even something like a pie server which was obviously intended to be a gift was not be allowed in a carry-on bag because of the serrated sharp edge. And whatever you do, don’t wrap it up. “That’s in case we have to take a closer look at any of those items, would hate to have to unwrap your gifts. We recommend either put them in a gift bag so we can take that item out easily and put it back in or just wrap when you get to your destination,” said McCarthy.

In the case of an item like the serrated edge pie server it would be best to put it in your checked luggage.

You can review all the travel restrictions easily there’s even an app for your iPhone.  

For more information on what you can and can not bring on an airplane, click here for the TSA Travel Tips Fact Sheet.  

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