Airport security: 411 on 3-1-1

Kristi King,

WASHINGTON – Want to carry a pie on the plane to or from Thanksgiving dinner? No problem.

Just don’t try to bring cranberry sauce, cheese spread, wine or gravy as carry-on items.

The Transportation Security Administration rules on food mirror long-standing rules on liquids and gels covered under 3-1-1 regulations.

Those rules specify that all liquids, gels and aerosols be limited to containers 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less that fit in a one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. Each passenger is allowed only one bag of liquids or gels.

Even if you have just a little fluid in a container larger than 3.4 ounces it’ll get thrown out at security.

Exceptions are made for liquid medicine and for breast milk, formula or juice for young children. Mastectomy products also are allowed. They include prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels or saline solution.

No snow globes are allowed. Wrapped presents might need to be unwrapped for inspection. Other prohibited items include gel shoe inserts, tools such as screw drivers longer than 7 inches, baseball bats, golf clubs and cigarette lighters.

You’re not even allowed to have fuel-filled lighters in checked luggage unless they’re in a Department of Transportation-approved case.

To help pass through security more quickly, the TSA recommends you have ID’s out, coats and shoes off, and laptops and 311 bags out and ready for screening.

Wear shoes that are easy to get on and off. Whether your socks are clean is entirely up to you.

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