9 Foods You Can Bring Through Airport Security—and 4 You Can’t
People are traveling all over the country right now! Let’s clear up the TSA rules for foods you can—and can’t—bring through airport security.
Hungry for a getaway?
Knowing what food staples and gifts you can bring through airport security will save you and your fellow travelers time at the TSA checkpoint. Most of these apply only when you’re traveling within the United States, so make sure to check with customs about declaring any foods you’re bringing back from another country. Safe travels! Here are some no-brainer snacks to pack for the plane, too.
Homemade cake from Grandma baked with love? Favorite cake from your childhood bakery? They’re set to jet! Cakes may require additional inspection from TSA agents, but as long as it’s not an ice cream cake or some type of Jell-O mold, you can bring a cake along to your final destination.
Most baked goods, both homemade and store-bought, are safe to go on board with you. We don’t imagine that you’d bring a pie or cake just on a dish through the airport, but it’s worth mentioning that your baked goods should be secured in a box or container to keep them safe. Travel around the country without ever leaving your kitchen with these iconic pies from every state.
NO: Creamy cheeses over 3.4 ounces
You could technically bring a block of cheddar as big as you like, but anything on the creamier side, like brie, blue, and cream cheese, needs to be less than 3.4 ounces to be in your carry-on bag. Here’s the cheese you should be bringing back from a trip to Wisconsin.
Found something unique during your trip? Have a loose tea that your friend just NEEDS to try? Things like salt, loose and bagged tea, and dry spices are all allowed on board. Just make sure they’re labeled and separate from your toiletries and other food to prevent confusion and spillage!
Just can’t wait to eat—or trying to grab dinner while you run through the terminal? Surprisingly, pizza is good to fly, although we assume you’ll eat your slices before you get to the gate. It should be wrapped up or in a box to pass TSA inspection, rather than being on a paper plate or dish.
NO: Jam and jelly over 3.4 ounces
Even if the container is sealed, if it’s over 3.4 ounces, it’s got to go in your checked bag. You wouldn’t want to chance having to leave one of your famous jams behind! To be on the safe side, pack it in your checked bag in a plastic bag to prevent any accidental breakage and spillage onto your clothes or other things. Learn the secrets TSA agents won’t tell you.
YES: Fresh fruit
You definitely want to snack on fresh fruit on the plane, but the price of fruit at the airport is bananas! Bring your own apples and oranges through security instead. (Maybe not a whole melon, but most snack-size fruit and veggies are good to fly.) These are the foods you should never, ever eat on a plane.
NO: Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof
Just about the only flat-out NO for food and drinks you can’t bring on a plane at all is alcohol over 140 proof. It won’t make it through security in your checked bag or your carry-on. Less potent mini-bottles under 3.4 ounces can be brought through security; anything larger should be checked. Pssst—these are some more things that are likely to get you flagged by the TSA.