Blogger Bob issues 2011 holiday advice, new turkey jokes

Bob Burns, the TSA’s resident blogger has issued new tips for holiday air travelers. To agency-watchers, they’ll look familiar — except for the turkey jokes.

This year’s post had a grand total of four turkey jokes, up from three in 2010.

Our favorite?

“Travel Advice for Domesticated Turkeys: While you can fly on a plane, you can’t really fly.”

Repeating itself

Burns recycles, almost word for word, many of last year’s tips. Those include items on the MyTSA app, liquids and gels, family lanes, food, and Secure Flight.

Some of it is identical to the 2010 text.

Last year:

Pat-downs: A very small percentage of passengers will need to receive a pat-down. To reduce the need for a pat-down, the most important thing you can do is take everything out of your pockets before you go through screening. You can put these items in your carry-on bag. Don’t wear clothes with a high metal content, and put heavy jewelry on after you go through security. You will also receive a pat-down if you choose to opt out of our Advanced Imaging Technology.

This year:

Pat-downs & Body Scanners: A very small percentage of passengers receive pat-downs. To reduce the need for a pat-down, the most important thing you can do is take everything out of your pockets before screening. You can put these items in your carry-on bag. Don’t wear clothes with a high metal content, and put heavy jewelry on after you go through security. You will also receive a pat-down if you choose to opt out of our Advanced Imaging Technology. (Body Scanners)

What’s new?

• The Pre✓ Expedited Screening Pilot in several airports, including Atlanta and Dallas.

• Kids 12 and under can keep their shoes on as part of TSA’s move toward “risk-based security approach.”

• New privacy protection software on all millimeter wave body scanners.

• TSA’s new Known Crew Member program, which allows airline pilots to go skip some screenings.

• Expanded “chat downs” at Boston and now Detroit.

Barring another terrorist scare, this holiday season is shaping up to be far less eventful than the last one.

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