TSA releases new security measures for the holidays - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TSA releases new security measures for the holidays

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Home for the holidays that's the destination for 44 million Americans traveling by air this Christmas.

"I cant wait to get home," Cynthia Barley said at Lubbock International Airport.

Travelers in Lubbock may not have to wait through long lines today but if you're flying elsewhere get ready for tighter security. TSA officers across the nation are taking a closer look at empty insulated beverage containers like thermoses.

The Department of Homeland Security has alerted air carriers about a potential terror tactic. In a statement the TSA says: "The possible tactics terrorists might use include the concealment of explosives inside insulated beverage containers..."

"I hope they don't take this away cause its my favorite mug," said traveler Diane Westley.

"I do realize that they have to you know go through some things for your own safety," Crystal Hall said.

If your not flying you might be one of the 92 million Americans that triple a estimates will drive 50 or more miles from home, despite a spike in gas prices. trouble.

AAA reports more Texans will hit the highways to get to grandma's house than last year.

 7.5 million people will travel 50 miles or more. This is a 3.3 jump from last year. 7 million of the Texans that are traveling will get to their destinations by car, and they'll pay more to fill up.

The nationwide average is 3 dollars and AAA is forecasting 92.3 million people will be traveling nationwide from now until Sunday, January 2.

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