I have to admit, I’m shocked by this. I can’t take a coffee through TSA but you can take a casserole? Make that make sense. (Yes, I know liquids and all that but a casserole?). If you have to fly to your Thanksgiving Dinner this year, don’t worry you can bring some of the food with you through TSA.
It can be confusing to know how to travel with food. Figuring out how to pack anything edible is tricky business; whether it’s your leftovers (which truthfully I’ve never thought to take on a plane) or that special ingredient! According to our friends from Sixt, the demand for bringing food through the TSA has soared by 250% in the past month alone. And as long as I waited in line for food in JFK last month, I can understand why!
So if you’re traveling with a side dish, snack, or full meal this Thanksgiving here’s what you need to know!
Thanksgiving foods that can be carried through a TSA checkpoint:
- Baked goods or bread – Homemade or store-bought treat
- Pies and cakes
- Canned food
- Meats – Cooked, or uncooked
- Stuffing – Cooked, uncooked, in a box or in a bag
- Mac ‘n Cheese – Cooked or traveling with the ingredients to cook later
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh or dried fruit
Thanksgiving foods that should be packed with your checked baggage:
- Cranberry sauce – Homemade or canned are spreadable
- Frozen food
- Live Lobster (must check with airline)
- Peanut butter
- Gravy – Homemade or in a jar/can.
- Canned fruit or vegetables
- Preserves, jams, and jellies
- Maple syrup
Who is trying to take live lobster on a plane? I have questions. And are you eating that casserole on your flight home? Keep in mind, the general rules of the TSA still apply. If it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint. However, anything with liquid that is larger than 3.4 ounces is off-limits to bring through security and should go in a checked bag. And if you are traveling through customs or specific areas note that those restrictions can be different. And let’s be honest there is nothing consistent about TSA.