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If you listen to the show, you know I somehow got my mother’s 50th birthday cake on a plane and to Ft Lauderdale. While a lot of folks will be staying home this Thanksgiving, there are some that will still be getting on a plane to visit family, and a few of those people may actually be bringing their favorite Thanksgiving dishes along with them. But that begs the question – can you bring those Thanksgiving dishes on the plane with you? Well, the TSA is here to help.

  • The TSA has a website that reveals what foods can and can’t be carried on to a plane, although they note that their officers have the final say on what’s allowed and what isn’t.
  • So, what types of foods can you carry through security? As you can imagine, the more solid an item, the more likely you can bring them. Foods like:
    • Baked goods
    • Meats
    • Stuffing
    • Casseroles
    • Mac ‘n cheese
    • Fresh vegetables
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Candy
    • Spices
  • Of course, liquid-like items must be packed in your checked luggage, although that can get a little gross.
  • As the TSA notes, “If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag.”
  • Food items not allowed to be carried on include:
    • Cranberry sauce
    • Gravy
    • Wine
    • Canned fruit or vegetables
    • Preserves, jams and jellies
    • Maple syrup