TSA Offers Travel Tips For Holiday Season

(Memphis) The Transportation Security Administration and Memphis International Airport say there are a few things you need to know for a better travel experience this holiday season.

They’re hoping to get travelers through the screening checkpoint in less than 20 minutes.

Kelly Dill was heading out of Memphis to St. Louis Thursday afternoon.

She travels often for work, but in the coming weeks her travel is for pleasure.

She and her family are flying for the holidays, “Every year we do Christmas Eve at home and we get up in the morning and fly out.”

This year it’s going to be a little bit easier for holiday travelers, like Dill, who are flying with children or the elderly.

The TSA made big changes for kids under 12-years old and people over 75.

Both groups can now keep on shoes and jackets!

“It’s a huge help because I have an eight-year-old and a twelve-year-old and tying shoes and getting through the line as a parent, when I’m not traveling on business, is embarrassing and it takes a long time,” said Dill. “It’s easier for the kids if they don’t have to do that.”

As many 15,000 travelers a day are expected through the Memphis International Airport on its busiest days this holiday season.

Kevin McCarthy with TSA is offering reminders for the screening process, “Passengers are limited again to three ounces of a liquid in their carry on and they have to have that in a single, one quart size bag and one of those bags per passenger.”

For those traveling with Christmas presents, McCarthy gives this word of advice, “Don’t wrap them if you bring them because there is always a chance that we might have to go into that.”

Another change for this holiday season is travelers are now allowed to have snow globes.

Only thing is, they have to fit in a quart-size Ziploc bag.

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