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TSA Urges Travelers To Check Prohibited Item List Before Packing

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TSA Officer Starr Washington shows off a replica grenade and sequined replica handgun, just two of the many items confiscated at airport security.
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TSA Officer Starr Washington shows off a replica grenade and sequined replica handgun, just two of the many items confiscated at airport security.

For those flying during the holidays, bringing gifts like jelly on the plane will land folks in a jam. The TSA says they want your holiday travel to be less stressful, so they've offered some examples of what can and cannot be brought through security at airports this week.

"The pumpkin pie is actually our prime example of something that you can carry through the checked luggage or in your carry-on," says Officer Dave Keister. "The only thing we'd like to remind the traveling public is that they may be subject to secondary screening."

The TSA has gotten slightly more lenient in recent years for other items people might think to pack in their carry-ons. Snow globes, for instance, are not allowed through security, as long as the globe itself is not much bigger than a tennis ball.

Other gift items, however, aren't likely to ever make it through a checkpoint.

"This here is a replica grenade," says Officer Starr Washington. "People actually bring it on, because it's a gift. It's a paper weight, but it appears to be an actual grenade."

Washington says they have confiscated other, similar items, like replica guns and knives. Anything that could be perceived as a threat or that could cause a panic is not allowed.

Travelers may also want to stock up on wrapping paper or just plan to get some at their destinations.

"We ask that people not wrap gifts before bringing them through their checked luggage, because they may be sent through secondary screening to be searched," says Keister.

For a complete list of prohibited items, visit TSA.gov.

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