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TSA offers tips for smooth holiday travel

Posted at 6:52 AM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 06:52:59-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's a special time of the year for many, but for the Transportation Security Administration, it's business as usual. Workers want to make sure holiday travelers get through security screening quickly and safely.

Before you head out for your flight, visit the TSA website for a full list what you can bring. For example, keep that wine bottle gift in a checked bag. If you're bringing holiday treats in your carry-on, make sure they're easily accessible to take out for screening.

Also, make sure to arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to check in and get through screening.

Between Dec. 19 and Jan. 5, the TSA estimates 42 million passengers will go through security screening checkpoints nationwide. That’s about a 4 percent increase from 2018.

"It's important to listen to the advice that the TSA officers are giving you. They're giving you important helpful guidance at the checkpoints and that's the get you through in an as efficient manner as possible. They're not going to be compromising speed for security,” said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

Another tip is you may want to wait to wrap those gifts. While wrapped items aren't prohibited, TSA officers may need to inspect them and you don't want to hold up the line.