What to expect at the airport during this busy holiday travel weekend

The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Additional security measures at the airports might make you think twice about bringing food in your carry-on luggage.

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport was busy Wednesday, but the security lines moved pretty fast.

The Transportation Security Administration is asking travelers to be mindful of what they’re bringing through, especially any food items with liquid such as gravy.

TSA says enhanced security measures are now fully in place at Honolulu’s airport while training continues at other Hawaii airports.

You’re not required to take food out of your carry-on, but TSA officers might ask you to do so to inspect it.

If you have anything that has gravy, jams, or jelly, and it’s more than 3.4 ounces, you will not be able to bring it into the secured area.

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UH student Alexa Thompson had that experience. She adds that it also took her longer going through the security line.

When asked how much longer it takes to fly to Kauai, Thompson replied “about 15 to 20 minutes at the least. It has taken me an hour once. … I had gravy and liquid substances so they had to test it all out.”

TSA officers wound up confiscating Thompson’s gravy.

We caught Nico Eder on his way to Hilo. He says he has had food taken away also, but can’t resist coming back with some treats from Hawaii island.

“You know Hilo. It’s known mostly for Two Ladies Kitchen, so I want to bring back home strawberry mochi for everyone, so I’m going to pay for it and see what happens. … I’m a little worried, but I’d rather take the chance. I want to take the chance.”

The new rules have led to a little confusion with some travelers.

Don Gates was flying to Kona with prepackaged vegetables. “Whether it’s okay to bring them interisland, I don’t know,” he admitted.

Others just prefer to keep their travel plans simple by not having to deal with the issue.

“I either eat before I come in or we eat when we get in the terminal,” said Robyn Faumuina, who is flying to Los Angeles. “I don’t want to get held up, so I just make it as easy as possible. I travel very light and don’t bring anything in that might hold me up.”

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The enhanced security measures also mean electronic gadgets bigger than a cellphone will also be inspected, so now iPads and e-books will have to be taken out of your carry-on luggage.

TSA says it’s a good idea to arrive even earlier at the airport, especially during the holidays. Parking will also be a challenge.

Earlier Wednesday, airport staff were at the parking garage directing traffic and helping drivers find their way to open parking stalls.

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