Flying home to see family and loved ones this holiday season?  Here are answers to five holiday travel questions from the Transportation Security Administration.  Be sure to see Fly Like Rudolph this Holiday Season at the end of this blog.  Happy Holidays to All!

Stepping onto the plane, you’re greeted by smiling flight attendants wearing Santa hats. You slide into your seat, excitedly snap your seat belt and exhale deeply, thankful that you made it through the security checkpoint with ease. It’s a Christmas wish come true!

For the last few years, the TSA has reported record numbers of flyers during the holiday travel period starting Dec. 19 and continuing through Jan. 5. That’s over 41 million passengers (and more!) traveling through security screening checkpoints nationwide. This number increases every year.

The TSA wants you to have a safe and happy holiday season, no matter where your travels may take you. So once you’ve made your list and TSA Prechecked it twice, take a peek at the TSA’s list of holiday travel tips, based on some of the most frequently asked questions sent to @AskTSA.

TSA Holiday Travel Tips

Hold the gift wrap.
It’s best to hold off wrapping your sack of presents until you reach your destination. Certain holiday gifts, including larger electronics, may require additional inspection. You can also place items into a gift bag to facilitate any additional screening that may be required.

Hold the gift wrap

Wear your golden rings.
You’re allowed to wear jewelry through the security checkpoint, but you can also place it in your carry-on and checked baggage. If you plan to stuff a special stocking with something shiny, such as an engagement ring, you can ask for a private screening if an additional inspection is necessary. Learn more in our blog post on traveling with jewelry.

Bring on those holiday leftovers.
Your favorite holiday treats can travel with you! Solid foods, such as baked goods, meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables, are good to go in your carry-on bag. Liquid, creamy and spreadable foods, like your delicious spinach dip, must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Planning to travel with an entire feast? Larger amounts can be packed in your checked bags.

Bring your holiday leftovers.

Ask your airline about flying animals.
We’ve been told some folks simply can’t fly without their reindeer. But ask your airline if you plan to travel with an animal, magical or not, as restrictions may apply. You can also learn more about traveling with animals in our recent travel tips listicle.

Flying with your pets

Deck the halls with holiday cheer.
Make your season merry and bright with festive decor. Strings of holiday lights, wreaths, mistletoe, and even small trees are allowed in carry-on and checked bags. However, we recommend contacting your airline about traveling with trees as they may have size restrictions. Fragile ornaments and other holiday keepsakes travel better in your carry-on luggage.

Holiday cheer!

For another fun look at flying SAFELY this holiday season, take a look at FLY LIKE RUDOLF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

Source:  Our friends at the Transportation Security Administration.