Have your boarding pass and identification ready to hand to the security officer at the checkpoint.

Remove your jacket; it'll need to pass through the X-ray machine.

Wear slip-on shoes for easy removal. You'll need to take off your shoes; put them directly on the belt to go through the X-ray machine instead of in a bin with other items.

Those fun body piercings you have in secret spots? You might want to remove them ahead of time since any metal can trigger the machine's alarm and result in additional screening.

Save the overly spirited celebrations for later. The TSA website warns that "belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing flight departures. Local law enforcement may be called as necessary."

For more information on security procedures and to see a list of items prohibited from airliners, go to

A TSA-proof gift guide

  • Article by: KERRI WESTENBERG
  • Star Tribune
  • December 15, 2012 - 2:39 PM

Flying to that annual family get-together? Don't turn your airport security agent into an unwitting Scrooge. Checkpoint personnel don't really want to dampen your holiday cheer -- or their own -- by taking away presents. So here's a checklist of what you can and cannot bring on board an airliner. Because no matter how much your dad will love that 16-ounce bottle of cologne, the Transportation Security Administration certainly will not if it's in your carry-on. This holiday season, remember the 3-1-1 rule for liquids: Bottles of liquid must contain 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less and be placed in a quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag; each passenger is allowed one such bag. Just be glad Santa has his own way to fly.


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