Check This TSA Page to See What Foods You’re Allowed to Fly With

If you’re flying somewhere for Thanksgiving, and especially if you’re flying close to the big day (like today or tomorrow), you may be thinking about bringing food with you. And that means you may be wondering what foods you’re allowed to fly with.

The TSA, anticipating confusion, has a page dedicated to Thanksgiving foods, which is the best place to go for answers. “Generally,” says the page, “if the item is a solid, it can be carried through a checkpoint such as pies, cakes and other baked goods, which still may require some additional screening. However, liquids such as eggnog and maple syrup and gels such as preserves and jellies should go into checked bags. Liquids in carry-on bags must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. The general rule of thumb is that if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, then it should go into a checked bag.”

A short CNN roundup of Thanksgiving foods you’re allowed to fly with makes clear that turkey—cooked or uncooked—is also allowed in your carry-on. The question, as with most foods, is how to pack it safely and accessibly (in case you get picked for additional screening). If you want to bring ice packs, for example, remember that they must be completely frozen at the time you go through security.

For more help knowing what foods you’re allowed to travel with

If you want further answers, don’t forget that you can ask the TSA specific questions on Twitter, just like Chrissy Teigen did. With or without food this Thanksgiving season, travel safe!


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