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The TSA is on high alert for any suspicious turkey complements this Thanksgiving holiday, and in alleged efforts to expedite travelers they’ve released a list of prohibited items and holiday travel tips. Thinking of taking along that famous homemade chicken giblet broth? Think again terrorist.

Not sure about what you can and can’t bring through the checkpoint ?There’s a list of liquids, aerosols and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.

Unless you’re transporting a very minute amount of gravy, the TSA says you’re better off leaving it at home, along with the following items: cranberry sauce, dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.), gift baskets with food4items (salsa, jams and salad dressings), jams, jellies, lotions, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, salad dressing, salsa, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.

In all fairness, they do permit any of the above so long as it fits in a quart-sized zip top bag (one per passenger), the same bag that is supposed to carry other personal hygiene items like toothpaste, cologne and shampoo.

Think the TSA was being a little too paranoid? They show their rational side by permitting pies and cakes, albeit, with the added stipulation that they are subject to additional screening: “You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.” One can only wonder what that means.

The extent to which Americans will stand idly by and permit such treatment will be interesting to see.

 

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