The holiday rush continued at Tampa International Airport late Friday afternoon. This Friday, December 19th, was considered the busiest Christmas holiday travel day. In December 2013, TIA had 1,522,086 domestic and international passengers. That number is a 0.59 percent increase from December 2012, according to TIA statistics. The folks at TIA also presented Friday Flight entertainment for travelers and visitors. Many passing through TIA got a chance to relax and enjoy the sounds of the holiday season. The Great Holiday Rockin’ Band Late Night Brass played from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Main Terminal between Airsides A & C. The Christmas Holiday Shows are open to the public. The first hour of parking is always free, too. —Carol Lim
The Transportation Security Administration has a list of items you can bring in your carry on luggage and checked-in luggage and what is prohibited. All items, including food and holiday gifts can be inspected by TSA agents before you board your flight this Christmas travel week. The TSA allows pies and cakes. Items purchased at airports have been pre-screened by TSA.
If bringing wrapped gifts, the TSA may unwrap it for further screening and inspection. The TSA recommends wrapping gifts after your flight or shipping them ahead of time to your destination. The TSA website also has a tool where you can type in your item in question and get an answer. Click on “Prohibited Items” at the tsa.gov link below.
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Airlines for America.org also says Dec. 19th, the Friday before Christmas, is the busiest travel day this holiday travel period. The lightest travel days are Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1st.