Forget The Gift Wrapping But Consider Buying A Live Lobster As A Holiday Treat

Article Post Date: December 23, 2011

Forget The Gift Wrapping But Consider Buying A Live Lobster As A Holiday Treat

With holiday season travel about to begin in earnest, the Portland International Jetport has issued some tips
to make air travel as hassle-free as possible.

The two most important tips to remember are:

1) All passengers should be at their airline ticket counter at the Jetport at least 90 minutes before their scheduled flight’s departure.

2) Before passengers leave for the Jetport, they should know exactly what can and cannot be carried on board as part of any hand luggage. Travelers can learn what is permitted for carry-on luggage by visiting TSA’s website at www.tsa.gov.

Jetport Director, Paul Bradbury, said although the recently opened terminal expansion at the Jetport has made the check-in and the security screening process more efficient, passengers should give themselves ample time to check-in and go through security during the holiday period.

"If a passenger misses a flight because they did not check in on time, there is no guarantee they will be rescheduled on another flight to their destination as most flights are heavily booked," said Bradbury.

Bradbury noted that travelers should not gift wrap any presents as they could be asked to open any sealed packages. He said passengers should also remember that TSA rules for liquids, aerosols and gels also  applied to holiday season favorites including jams,sauces, dips and spreads, gift baskets with food items, and any alcohol. They must be in containers and be no more than three ounces. The TSA recommends these items be put in with checked luggage, shipped ahead or left at home.

Liquids, gels, and aerosols in containers of 3.4 ounces or less that should fit comfortably in a 1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top baggie. Only 1 plastic zip-top baggie is allowed per passenger and must be removed from carry-on luggage and placed in one of the provided bins at the security counter, for X-ray screening.

Bradbury recommended those wanting to take live lobster with them for their holiday season dinners or lunches should buy them at the Jetport to avoid hassle or stress.

"We are so pleased to have a Linda Bean's Maine Lobster Cafe at our new terminal. It adds a sense of place for our concessions and what could be more synonymous with Maine than lobster," he said.

Located post-security at Gate 10, travelers can purchase freshly packed live Maine lobsters to bring home on their flights. Call-ahead ordering is available from 5 AM - 7 PM daily for passengers who want their lobsters-to-go waiting for them when they arrive at the Jetport. Call (207) 774-6371 to place your order.

For those who want to source their lobster from elsewhere and bring it with them, the TSA advises travelers to remember they have to be kept cold, and it is recommended that  frozen vegetables like frozen peas, corn, or carrots be used as a refrigerant. Ice and ice packs are not recommended because they are likely to melt before reaching the security checkpoint.  

Other tips for Portland International Jetport travelers are:

• Families with young children or individuals traveling with medically necessary liquids can use TSA’s Family Lanes to have a more pleasant travel experience. There are Family Lanes at every security checkpoint, allowing families and travelers with special needs to go through security at their own pace.

• Laptop computers must be removed from your bag and placed in a bin to pass through screening, unless contained in a “checkpoint friendly” laptop bag.

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