Thanksgiving is a week away, and it launches the end of the year holiday travel season, but getting there can be a bit of a problem.
No worries, though, as long as you leave in plenty of time.
The Transportation Security Administration has introduced some new risk guidelines for those traveling across country. Some of the new rules and regulations are a bit odd, and concern things that maybe some of us give little thought to.
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If you are flying out of Memphis International Airport, remember this: get there early to get through security screening.
"Come out to the airport early," said Kevin McCarthy, Memphis TSA representative. "Give yourself at least 90 minutes looking at the projected passenger loads."
As for your carry-on luggage and liquids, remember the rules.
"In your carry-on, restricted to three ounces or less, single quart sized bag, one quart sized bag per customer," McCarthy said.
Among the bizarre problems at Memphis International Airport deals with snow globes. Apparently there has been a large problem with Graceland snow globes that are too big to carry onto the aircraft. If you purchase a snow globe, they must be 3.4 ounces or less and all other rules and regulations to snow globes apply.
"Snow globes are now allowed," McCarthy said.
As for food that you can carry on, cakes and pies will likely be scanned by TSA agents.
"Another reminder with the travel of the holiday season, food like pies and cakes, those that are allowed through security checkpoints may be subsequent to screenings," McCarthy said.
As for firearms you cannot carry them on the plane.
"In the last two or three weeks we have found two weapons at the checkpoints in Memphis," McCarthy said. "This year we found nine total, and over 1,100 at airports around the country."
If you are not flying, you're among the majority. Ninety percent of Americans are driving, this Thanksgiving weekend; 43.6 Million Americans are expected to travel some 50 miles or more from home and only 3.14 million people are expected to fly.
The current national average for gas is $3.44 a gallon which means in the Mid-South, it's a whole lot cheaper than it is in the other parts of the country, giving you no reason not to gas up and go see the family.