All The Thanksgiving Food You Can Carry On To Your Plane


Thanksgiving travel is on the rise and more people are going to the airport to fly over to their loved ones this holiday season.

With this renewed surge in holiday travel, the Transportation Security Administration has detailed the Thanksgiving staples you can bring in your carry-on, and what needs to go into your checked luggage.

In their press release, they say the following foods can be carried with you on an airplane.

Thanksgiving foods that can be carried through a TSA checkpoint

  • 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, kiwi 
  • Candy.
  • Spices.

Thanksgiving foods that should be carefully packed with your checked baggage

  • Cranberry sauce. Homemade or canned are spreadable, so check them.
  • Gravy. Homemade or in a jar/can.
  • Wine, champagne, sparking 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.

They say a good rule of thumb is that 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.

If you are looking to keep any food cold on the flight, they urge travelers to make sure the ice packs are frozen solid when they go through security screening.

They also recommend putting any food items in a separate plastic bag or container since they usually need additional security screening.

Turkey Dinner Plate.

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