Unwrapping Christmas Travel 101

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings under our belt, now is the time to start wrapping those well thought out holiday gifts. But if you’re going to be flying, Ho-ho-hold on before you wrap them because this won’t make the airline staff very happy.

In fact, it probably won’t make you very happy either. If you are traveling with holiday presents in your carry-on luggage, they must be unwrapped and ready for security inspection; or you can place them into your checked baggage.


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) still has restrictions (3-1-1) in effect for carry-on items; possible holiday gifts posing a problem are:
  • jams, jellies, including cranberry sauce
  • gift baskets with food items including salsa, soup, salad dressing, or gravy
  • creamy dips and spreads including cheese, peanut butter
  • perfume & cologne, lotions
  • culinary basket of syrups, oil, vinegar, or sauces
  • alcohol including liquor, beer, and wine
  • or even a snow globe
Remember that lotions, creams, syrups, and all liquids are only allowed as a carry-on item in a 3.4 ounce (100 ml) bottle placed into one quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

Another alternative to taking holiday presents with you (if you’ve haven’t already purchased them) is to arrive at your destination a few days early and shop with a family member upon arrival. But if you already have those presents in hand, consider shipping them to their destination - it could be a lot cheaper to do so.

Consider purchasing gift cards – easily portable, they can be matched up to your family’s favourite store and will be sure to be a success.


For more information, visit TSA.

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