holidays at airports

Travel Tidbits from Chicago, Sweden, & TSA

The holidays are around the corner and we’re looking forward to seeing how airports around the country – and the world – will celebrate the season.

TSA’s Canine Calendar for 2022 is available for download.

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports are ready for the season.

Sweden Tourism takes on Ikea

Do you have any Ikea products in your house? It’s likely you do. And it’s also likely you didn’t know that the funny names they give chairs, sofas, toilet brushes and other items come from real places in Sweden.

The tourism department is fed up with that.

TSA’s Thanksgiving Do’s & Don’ts.

Traveling with holiday foods?

Each year, when Thanksgiving rolls around, the Transportation Security Administration team reminds travelers of the foods that are OK to put in your carry-on for the big meal. They also make a point of giving some examples of items you should put in your checked bag or let someone else contribute.

Fruit cake? Dry stuffing mix? Mini marshmallows? Pumpkin pie? Those are all fine to carry on, says TSA.

Canned pumpkin and yams? Cranberry sauce. Maple syrup? TSA says those belong in checked luggage or on the shopping list of someone who’s driving.

“Here’s some food for thought,” says TSA. “If it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint. However, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag.”

Not sure if your food item is OK for carry-on? Check the TSA homepage, which has a helpful “What can I bring?” feature. Type in the item and find out if you can carry it through a checkpoint or if it should be checked. You can also tweet to @AskTSA to ask how best to travel with a specific food item.

Airports celebrate April Fool’s Day 2021

We’re not sure we found them all, but here are some of the April Fool’s Day posts airports shared today. You’ll notice a lot of animals.

If you spotted some other travel-related pranks we missed, let us know and we’ll add them.

If you click on the link to learn more, here’s what you find.

Denver International Airport (DEN) actually does have a cat in there with the dogs that serve in the pet therapy program. So a llama on the safety inspection team? Why not?

And there there was Rusty, the first detector cat. On duty in Canada at Ottawa International Airport (YOW).

No animals at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL). There the April 1 announcement was the ATL Rocket – “a tech-savvy SLIDE with state of the art screening capabilities.” I’m all for this being real.