HOW TO SPEED THROUGH SECURITY

7 Surprising Items That Set Off Airport Security

Did you know that something as simple as a headband can trigger airport alarms? Here are seven ways you may unknowingly set off security measures—and what to do about it.

THE OFFENDER: JARS OF PEANUT BUTTER

Why they catch attention: Everything on earth can be categorized as a liquid, gas, or solid—except maybe lava and peanut butter. It's doubtful you'll be packing lava in your purse, but what about peanut butter? It's certainly not a liquid—you could hold it upside down for a decade and it would never drop. But anything that can "conform to the shape of its container," such as cold cream, toothpaste, or, yes, peanut butter, can upset the swift flow of the security line. What to do: Plan ahead and pack "conformable" liquids in the bags you'll be checking. Peanut butter sandwiches, on the other hand, are perfectly fine.

Unsure about an item that's not on our list? Check out the TSA's online "Can I Bring?" application to see what is (and is not) acceptable.

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