Going away this Thanksgiving? Here’s what food you can and cannot bring on a plane
Thousands of people are expected to fly this Thanksgiving to go visit friends and family.
Some travelers may be bringing parts of their Thanksgiving dinner with them on a plane.
The Transportation Security Administration has released a checklist for what is allowed to be carried through a TSA checkpoint and which items need to be checked in baggage.
Thanksgiving foods that can be carried through a TSA checkpoint include:
• Baked goods: Homemade or store-bought pies, cakes, cookies, brownies and other sweet treats
• Meats: Turkey, chicken, ham, steak. Frozen, cooked or uncooked
• Stuffing: Cooked, uncooked, in a box or in a bag
• Casseroles: Traditional green beans and onion straws or something more exotic
• Mac ‘n Cheese: Cooked in a pan or traveling with the ingredients to cook it at your destination,
• Fresh vegetables: Potatoes, yams, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, radishes, carrots, squash, greens
• Fresh fruit: Apples, pears, pineapple, lemons, limes, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas
Food items often need some additional security screening, so the TSA recommends placing those items in a clear plastic bag or other containers when packing them at home and then removing those items from your carry-on bag and placing them in a bin for screening at the checkpoint.
Thanksgiving foods that should be carefully packed with your checked baggage include:
• Cranberry sauce: Homemade or canned are spreadable, so check them
• Gravy: Homemade or in a jar/can
• Wine, champagne, sparkling apple cider
• Canned fruit or vegetables: It’s got liquid in the can, so check them.
• Preserves, jams and jellies: They are spreadable, so best to check them.
• Maple syrup
Anyone who has additional questions about what can and cannot go through a TSA checkpoint can reach out to the agency on twitter using the handle @AskTSA.