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Flying With Father’s Day Gifts

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feldman_amy Amy Feldman
Amy E. Feldman is a business commentator and legal business...
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By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Going home for Father’s Day with a present for dear old Dad?

Some say that you can’t put a price on love. Others, however, like the National Retail Federation, say the price is $117. According to their survey, that’s the average amount spent on a Father’s Day gift.

If you are planning to see Dad in person to deliver the gift, there are regulations you need to know if you’re taking an airplane to get there. All the talk about now being able to carry a pocket knife onto a plane – either you’re own or a Swiss army for Dad? Yeah not so fast. That change has been delayed.

If you’re planning to put your gift into a carry-on bag, you can only bring 3.4 ounces or less of any liquid including the old stand-bys in the way of Father’s Day presents – wine or a bottle of Old Spice. Instead, you have to either put them in a checked bag or if you’re worried they won’t make the trip in one piece, buy them at the airport once you’re through security. And you can’t wrap gifts that you’re carrying on or the TSA may require that you unwrap them.

Maybe the TSA is trying to remind us all that your presence is the best present. Or maybe Hallmark wants you to know to send a card instead. Or maybe you should just buy electronics.

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