JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you are planning to fly this Thanksgiving, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind before you head to the airport.
If you plan to travel with your special cranberry sauce or favorite pie, you need to consider how you will pack it.
The Transportation Security Administration says anything that can spill, spread, spray or pour needs to go in a checked bag.
Think jams, jellies, sauces, or gravy. As for cakes, pies, and casseroles -- those can go in carry-on bags. Just be aware, they may require some extra screening.
If your family plans to celebrate Christmas a bit early, TSA recommends you put presents in gifts bags-- rather than wrapping them.
Wrapped items are screened like every other item. If it raises a red flag, whether it is in your carry-on or checked bag, the TSA officer may have to unwrap it.
Gift bags give them easy access and are less likely to get damaged. The TSA also recommends that you sign up for Pre-Check. It will make your trip through security move more quickly.
You can keep your shoes and belt on at checkpoints. Plus, you don’t have to take your electronics or liquids out of your carry-on bag.
But the request can take two to three weeks, so you likely won’t get approved by Thanksgiving. There is still time for Christmas, though.
Finally, don’t forget your mask! The federal requirement for masks is in effect through January. That applies on the plane and at the airport.