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Steven Frischling
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Fish has been covering aviation and transportation security issues since September 15, 2001, after walking away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan following four days of documenting the worst aviation security disaster in history.

Having spent more than a decade-and-a-half as a full-time photojournalist, Fish now divides his time between building social media and social commerce strategies and solutions for global travel brands, along with researching aviation and transportation security.

Growing up at the end up New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L probably explains Fish’s enjoyment of watching planes fly overhead. When not working or shooting photos, Fish can be found playing with (and cleaning up after) his three kids, chasing his dogs, standing in the kitchen cooking, monitoring radios public safety and federal radios and of course cheering for the Red Sox.

You can find Fish on Twitter at @flyingwithfish …and … join Fish every Thursday at 3:30pm EST as he hosts the weekly #TNI #Travel Chat on Twitter.

The TSA’s Banned vs Approved Items Conundrum … A Video Guide

As millions of travelers throughout the United States get ready for Christmas Dinner with their friends and families, followed by flights home with new gifts, gadgets and home baked pies from Mom, there may be some confusion regarding what passengers may or may not bring through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check points.


This topic comes up time and time again. Why can you fly with a large ham packed in a pool of melted glaze, but not just fly with the glaze?   Why is a wiffle ball bat prohibited, but a six foot metal monopod with snow spike allowed in the cabin?


Well … now there is a video guide to better understanding the logic (or complete illogic) behind some approved and banned items for carry-on by the TSA.


Happy Flying!



One Response

  1. That’s classic. I have a solution to the problems of flying. Lower your expectations! For example, when you go to the dentist for a root canal, you really don’t expect to have a good time, but you know the time in the chair is finite, 2-3 hours. Apply the same rationale to your next flight. Just think of it as a root canal, uncomfortable, little room to move,, have to listen to messages and other people talk, often can’t use your electronic devices, can’t sleep, and so on. But the important lesson is *the time in the chair is finite.* And you don’t have to keep you mouth open quite as wide.

    My bet is you’ll have a better flight next time if you just keep that simple rule in mind: LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS and compare it to a root canal.

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