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A single stick of deodorant floating on a baggage carousel, a passenger cutting his nails in front of everyone, a bird looking to rack up its frequent flyer miles as it flies around the cabin.

Yes, there are videos of these things happening and they are bringing out the humorous side of the Transportation Security Administration.

The no-nonsense agency in charge of screening airport passengers is showing its comedic side, using videos from social media to remind passengers of the do’s and don’ts when traveling.

“While our humor may be dry, these travel tips are packed with insight,” the agency posted in its caption below the deodorant video. ‘It’s no secret that solid deodorant sticks can go in any bag. But if you’re trying to stay fresh and clean, spray and gel antiperspirants should be 3.4 oz or less in carry-on.”

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“Are you like a bird and want to fly this holiday weekend?” the caption said with the video of the bird. “Be a clean traveler and check your luggage for prohibited items before you pack.”

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Other videos include ground crews dancing and a man spinning a tire — yes, a whole tire — in the airport lobby.

“If you plan to arrive at the airport with auto parts, you’ll be thrilled to learn that most of these items can fly in checked and carry-on luggage, as long as they don’t contain gasoline or oil,” the caption reader said.

According to the New York Times, the agency took a humorous approach to social media two years ago when Janis Burl became branch manager of social media.

“No one remembers what was on the morning news, but they will remember the joke you told them,” he told the outlet. “If humor is needed to help you remember what you can and can’t do when traveling through security, then humor is what we’ll provide.”

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The airline industry has been affected by flight cancellations and delays.

Air travelers not only face the burden of soaring flight costs, but also reported delays and cancellations across the country in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July weekend.

Last week, more than 600 flights were canceled in the US and more than 4,200 were delayed on June 24. However, that was better than June 23, when thunderstorms on the East Coast contributed to more than 800 cancellations and 6,600 delays, according to Flight Aware.

So far in June, more than 2.2 million travelers a day on average have passed through security checkpoints at US airports. That’s 22% more than a year ago, though still 13% less than the same period before the pandemic.

There is some concern in the industry about ticket sales after Labor Day, when airlines become more reliant on business and international travel, which remains depressed.

However, the outlook for leisure travel within the United States remains strong despite higher rates to cover rising fuel costs.

Daniel Miller contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.