Friday, November 19, 2010

Remember--the Holiday Dips Go INSIDE the Suitcase

In advance of Thanksgiving (the busiest travel day of the year) the Department of Homeland Security has compiled some "Helpful Hints" --yes, that's really what Janet's junta has called it, as if it's Martha Stewart--for holiday travelers. Here's my favorite part (because how often does security info make you salivate?):
Everyone has favorite foods from home that they want to bring to holiday dinners, or items from their destination that they want to bring back home. Travelers should know that while pies are permitted through the security checkpoint, here is a list of liquids, gels and aerosol items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home.

Cranberry sauce
Creamy dips and spreads
(cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
Gift baskets with food items
(salsa, jams and salad dressings)
Maple syrup
Oils and vinegars
Salad dressing
Wine, liquor and beer

Items that are purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.
I don't know if that pie thing is a good idea. Those things can be rigged to blow up, you know. Also--who puts "soup" in their suitcase? Wouldn't it be easier (and, well, tidier) to whip up a pot once you arrive at your destination?

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