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Good news for people who plan to board planes carrying cakes, pies and/or snow globes!
The Transportation Security Administration released on Tuesday updated travel tips for the millions of passengers expected to fly this holiday season.
TSA allows small snow globes in carry-on luggage when packed in a passenger's plastic 3-1-1 bag.
Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis-ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized, resealable bag as a passenger's other liquids.
Pies and cakes are now allowed on, but the TSA reserves the right to inspect them!
If travelers are not sure if a food item is considered a liquid or gel it is best to pack the item in checked baggage or ship it to a destination in advance.
Also, gift-wrapped presents are allowed as carry-ons, though not recommended!
In order to determine if the contents of a package are a threat, a security officer may need to unwrap and inspect the item.
The updated travel tips are part of the TSA's attempt to streamline the lines at security checkpoints. The TSA modified its screening procedures in March to cut down on the number of pat-downs for passengers aged 12 and under, and 75 and older -- though it did not eliminate them entirely.
The TSA website includes a handy list of things that are prohibited as carry-on items -- axes, hatchets, swords, nunchucks -- though most are still allowed in a checked bag.
A few notable exceptions: hand grenades, flares, gasoline and dynamite.
Read the new full list of travel regulations at the TSA Website right HERE
--Susan Saunders 11/14/12