How these Thanksgiving foods can fly with you

November 16, 2020
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If you're flying for Thanksgiving this year and planning to take your favorite food for dinner, you may want to check this guidance from the Transportation Security Administration before packing.

In general, it comes down to two things - if it's a solid food, it can go through a security checkpoint in your carry-on; if it's a liquid or spread and larger than 3.4 ounces, it has to go into a checked bag.

If you do plan to take food on the plane in your carry-on, the TSA says it should be in a clear bag or container and removed from your carry-on before screening.

TSA examples of acceptable carry-on foods
TSA examples of acceptable carry-on foods Photo credit Transportation Security Administration

According to the TSA, these are examples of foods can be part of your carry-on:

• Baked goods
• Meats
• Stuffing
• Casseroles
• Mac ‘n Cheese
• Fresh vegetables
• Fresh fruit
• Candy
• Spices

TSA examples of foods that must be checked
TSA examples of foods that must be checked Photo credit Transportation Security Administration

These are examples of food items have to be in a checked bag:

• Cranberry sauce
• Gravy
• Wine, champagne, sparking apple cider
• Canned fruit or vegetables
• Preserves, jams and jellies
• Maple syrup

If you still have questions about what you can and cannot take, the TSA has a "What can I bring?" section on their website with helpful information.

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