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TSA reminds travelers on what Thanksgiving foods can be carried through checkpoints

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 11:45:23-05

As the holidays quickly approach us, TSA reminds travelers on the items that are allowed through checkpoints.

Many people have agreed to bring their favorite dish this Thanksgiving and while most foods can be carried through a TSA checkpoint, there are some items that can't be transported.

According to TSA, if it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint. 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.

Food items normally need an extra screening, so TSA recommends that travelers place the food items in a clear plastic bag or other container and then removing it from bag to be placed in a bin at checkpoint.

If travelers are unsure if items should be packed in a carry-on, check online under their “What can I bring?” feature or tweet to @AskTSA to ask how best to travel with a specific food item.

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
  • Preserves, jams and jellies
  • Maple syrup