If you're headed out of town for Spring Break next week you're not alone.  We've got a record number of spring breakers traveling this month in Idaho, and that could mean slow-going for all of us.

The Transportation Security Administration says its agents will screen an estimated 107 million passengers and crew members between March 14 and April 28, and that's up more than three percent compared to the same period last year.  In other words, Boise International Airport will have longer lines than usual, and we should pack patience along with the 3.4-ounce shampoo bottles.

Have you ever had to toss something in the trash at the TSA checkpoint because it's a rule-breaker?  Me too.  With the heavy spring break travel, the TSA is offering the friendly reminder that toiletries like shampoos or conditioners have to be 3.4 ounces or less to be in your carry-on luggage. Bottled water also has to be at least 3.4 ounces.  Some things like prescription meds might be okay, but they'll have to go through additional screening first.  And items that have to be checked in include razor blades, bottle openers, large scissors and tools like pliers and hammers.  When in doubt, leave it out.  That's what Mama would say.

A lot of Treasure Valley schools including the Boise School District will have Spring Break the week of the 18th through 22nd, and Boise State is out next week too.  That will be peak week at the airport, but with Spring Break deals continuing around the country through the end of April, the airport lines will be long for a while.

This is all good news because it's a sign that spring is finally here!  We'll have better weather, some good 5Ks, and festivals, and a whole lot of grillin' and chillin' to do in the backyard soon.  Staying home in Idaho will be fun too, and there's no TSA line to deal with between the fridge and the back yard.  Score.

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