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Finding Laughs When Traveling This Holiday Season

Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 11:46 AM ET

It's beginning to look a lot like the nightmare before Christmas.

Holiday travel will be more security-intensive this year. Not only are passengers complaining, so are pilots.

Still, it looks like more of us plan to travel. AAA in Southern California says 47 percent of the locals it surveyed plan to take at least one holiday trip this year, up from 43 percent last year. In Texas, it's even higher — 57 percent versus 49 percent in 2009. A lot of that travel will be by plane.

No one wants another underwear bomber onboard, or some package in the cargo hold to blow up. Passengers will put up with what must be done.

That doesn't mean you can't laugh about it.

There's the new children's "book" which aims to help kids prepare for a pat down. It's called "My First Cavity Search: Helping your child understand why he may be a threat to national security."

cavity search kids book
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cavity search kids book

Unfortunately, the book is not real, which is too bad.

It would make a great stocking stuffer and provide useful advice, like how you really should pay attention to your mother when she gives you yet another reason to always wear clean underwear. It's not just for car accidents anymore!

While the children's book is not real, special TSA T-shirts from Despair.comare. They bear the TSA logo and include slogans like, "Your naked photos are safe with us".

TSA tshirts
Source: despair.com
TSA tshirts

I dare you to buy one of the TSA tees and go through airport security. Take pictures and email them to me. I'll help bail you out.

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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