Before you agree to bring a family favorite food item to contribute to the holiday Thanksgiving table, it’s important to think about how you’re planning to transport it if you're flying.
The TSA said most food could be carried through airport checkpoints, but some items must be transported in checked bags.
"If it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint," the TSA said. "However, 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."
What foods can you take through TSA?
Here are some items that will need to be transported in checked baggage in order to ease your travel experience at the airport:
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 and 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 and greens
- Fresh fruit – Apples, pears, pineapple, lemons, limes, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas and kiwi
Thanksgiving foods that should be carefully packed with your checked baggage:
- Cranberry sauce – Homemade or canned are spreadable
- Gravy – Homemade or in a jar/can
- Wine, champagne and sparkling apple cider
- Canned fruit or vegetables – It has liquid in the can
- Preserves, jams and jellies – They are spreadable
- Maple syrup
Food items often need some additional security screening, the TSA warns. It is best to place those items in an easily accessible location of the carry-on when packing them, and then removing those items from your bag and placing them in a bin for screening at the checkpoint.
If you are still unsure if a food item should be packed in a carry-on or checked bag, click here to find out.