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TSA Reminds Kansas City Fans That Barbecue Sauce Is a Liquid — and Other Advice for Travelers Flying During Super Bowl Weekend

The TSA encourages travelers in the Kansas City and San Francisco areas to arrive to the airport early this weekend due to anticipated crowds.

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The Transportation Security Administration is warning travelers in the San Francisco and Kansas City areas to arrive for their flights early this weekend as Super Bowl crowds are expected to swarm airports.

The agency said travel volume was expected to increase out of Kansas City International Airport as some travelers prepared to fly to Las Vegas for the big game. In fact, the TSA was expecting up to 17,000 travelers each day leading up to the game on Sunday, a more than 21 percent increase compared to the typical volume of 14,000 passengers per day around this time of the year.

In the Bay Area, the TSA expected airport traffic to increase out of San Francisco International Airport, San Jose International Airport, and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport.

“Planning is critical when traveling on busy weeks like this,” Angela Brooks, the TSA federal security director for Missouri, said in a statement. “Arriving at the airport with extra time and knowing what can and can’t be packed in carry-on and checked bags will save you time and keeps things moving quickly at checkpoints.”

The agency reminded travelers certain things — like solid food (think: Kansas City BBQ) or empty metal beer cans with the Super Bowl logo — can go in carry-on luggage, but others, like large liquids, cannot.

"Passengers can bring solid foods with them, however if you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it or pour it, then it's not a solid and should be packed in a checked bag— and that includes barbecue sauces and tailgating beverages," the TSA wrote.

Travelers who are unsure of what can and can’t go in their luggage can use the “What can I bring?” feature on the agency’s website, ask the TSA on X or on Facebook Messenger by using the “@AskTSA” handle, or send a question by texting the word “Travel” to AskTSA (275-872).

The agency’s advice comes as several airlines are celebrating the Super Bowl — and a certain romance — with Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce-inspired flight numbers. Swift has been a regular fixture at Kansas City Chiefs games this year after she started dating Kelce.

The 2024 Super Bowl will take place in Las Vegas in Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 11.

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