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Thanksgiving dinner foods you can and can’t get through TSA

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Holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are among the most popular times of the year for Americans to travel.

Each year, on the most popular weekends for travel, families and individuals travel by car, bus, cruise ship and plane.

Traveling can be strenuous enough on its own, especially on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Traffic jams are a nightmare as millions of people are displaced from metropolitan areas at the same time.

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While traveling alone is much easier, families tend to plan trips while school is closed and work is winding down for a long weekend. Before the day of travel, it is imperative to make sure that the whole family has everything they need.

You’ll need essentials like clothes, comfortable shoes, hygiene products, and electronics, but you might also want to consider packing food for your trip.

Travelers line up at the south security checkpoint as traffic increases as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches at Denver International Airport in Denver on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. (AP Photo/David Zarbowski)

Whether you’re loading supplies for breastfeeding, bagging edible gifts for your host, or considering taking leftovers home, especially on short flights, what kind of food and drink? you can eat and what foods and drinks you can eat. I can’t get through TSA.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s website outlines the foods and drinks you can bring on the plane. A six-page list of permitted foods is available on the TSA’s dedicated site. “What should I bring?” webpage tool.

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Travelers can also enter items in the search bar to find carry-on or check-in foods.

But you might be most curious about Thanksgiving-themed foods, what to bring and what to leave.

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The host is shown serving Thanksgiving turkeys to friends as they eat at the dining table. (St. Petersburg)

In a statement to Fox News, the TSA said, “Whether it’s first shipment food or leftovers, the same rules apply.”

“If you plan to travel with special food to attend the Thanksgiving meal, or if you travel with leftovers, be sure to follow these simple rules to ensure your food is safe to serve. please. travel with you: If it’s more than 3.4 ounces that you might spill, spread, spray, pump, or pour into, put it in your checked baggage,” the TSA added.

“For example, jams, jellies, cranberry sauce, gravy, or beverages in excess of 3.4 ounces must be in checked baggage. Cakes, cookies, pies, meats, casseroles, and other solids are limited in quantity. You can carry it as carry-on baggage without

Thanksgiving food that can get you through a TSA checkpoint

    • homemade or store-bought baked goods
    • Frozen meat, cooked or uncooked meat
    • casserole
    • Macaroni cheese made in a frying pan
    • fresh vegetables
    • fresh fruit
    • sweets
    • spices

Passengers of each airline are permitted to pack a quart size bag containing liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in one carry-on bag. However, individual containers cannot exceed 3.4 ounces.

This rule also applies to beverages, spreads and cooking sprays.

The TSA recommends packing liquid substances in your checked bag.

If a traveler manages to find a liquid cooking essential that fits under the 3.4 oz container threshold, it can be placed in a resellable clear quart size bag in your carry-on.

According to the TSA and the Federal Aviation Administration, alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 70 percent or more (140 proof or higher) are prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage, a TSA spokesperson told Fox News.

Thanksgiving Foods You Should Pack in Checked Baggage

    • homemade or canned cranberry sauce
    • Homemade or packaged gravy (jar/can)
    • wine, champagne and sparkling apple cider
    • canned fruits or vegetables
    • preserved food, jam or jelly
    • Maple syrup

Almost all solid foods, including cooked, uncooked or store-bought meals and powders, are permitted as carry-on or checked baggage.

For foods that require refrigeration or freezing, prevent food poisoningIce packs are permitted, but must be frozen solid to prevent them from melting by the time you reach the TSA checkpoint.

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Dry ice can be used on long haul flights, but it must not exceed 5.5 pounds per passenger and packages must be clearly marked and ventilated according to FAA procedures, a TSA spokesperson said. told FOX News.

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For safety reasons, combustible items are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.

According to the FAA, cake sparklers, which fall into the same category as fireworks, are also prohibited on airplanes.


Last but not least, to make Thanksgiving food easier to pass through checkpoints, the TSA recommends using clear plastic bags or similar containers.

That way, when it’s time for inspection, the items can be safely removed from your carry-on baggage.

FOX News’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.

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