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

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Holidays, especially the Thanksgiving holiday, are a few of the hottest times of the 12 months for Americans to travel.

Families and individuals travel by automobile, bus, cruise ship and planes 12 months after 12 months in the course of the hottest holiday weekend for trips.

Traveling may be taxing enough because it is, especially on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Traffic is a nightmare as thousands and thousands of individuals are fleeing metropolitan areas at the identical time.

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While it’s much easier to travel alone, families are likely to plan their trips while school is out for break and work is winding down for the long weekend. Ensuring the entire family is full of the whole lot you wish prior to travel day is a must.

You will need the essentials including clothes, cozy shoes, hygiene products, electronics and more — but you may also want to think about packing food in your trip.

Travelers queue up on the south security checkpoint as traffic increases with the approach of the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Denver International Airport in Denver. 
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Whether you are loading up the necessities for nursing babies, filling your bag with edible gifts in your hosts, and even considering taking leftovers home — especially on a brief flight, you will need to concentrate on what foods and drinks you may and may’t bring through TSA.

The Transportation Security Administration has a general overview of foods and drinks you may take with you in your plane ride via their website. The six-page list of permitted food items is on the market on the TSA’s dedicated “What Can I Bring?” webpage tool.

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Travelers may also type their items into the search bar to seek out out which foods may be carried on or should be checked in.

But you is perhaps mostly interested by Thanksgiving themed foods, which to bring with you, and which to depart behind.

A host is shown serving Thanksgiving turkey to his friends during a meal at the dining table.

A number is shown serving Thanksgiving turkey to his friends during a meal on the dining table.
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“Whether first-run foods or leftovers, the identical rules apply,” the TSA said in an announcement to Fox News. 

“For those who are planning to travel with special foods to contribute to a Thanksgiving meal or travel with leftovers, be certain you follow this straightforward rule to make sure your food can travel with you: For those who can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it and it’s in a quantity greater than 3.4 ounces, pack it in a checked bag,” the TSA added.

“For instance, jams, jellies, cranberry sauce, gravy or beverages in quantities larger than 3.4 ounces should go in a checked bag. Cakes, cookies, pies, meats, casseroles and other solids can travel in carry-on luggage in unlimited quantities.”

Thanksgiving foods that may be carried through TSA checkpoints

    • Homemade or store-bought baked goods
    • Frozen, cooked or uncooked meats
    • Casseroles
    • Mac ‘n Cheese cooked in a pan
    • Fresh vegetables
    • Fresh fruits
    • Candy
    • Spices

Each airline passenger is allowed to pack a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in a single carry-on bag; nevertheless, individual containers cannot exceed 3.4 ounces. 

This rule extends to beverages, spreads and cooking sprays.

The TSA recommends packing away any liquid-like substance in a bag that may checked-in. 

If travelers manage to seek out a liquid cooking essential that matches under the three.4-ounce container threshold, it could be placed inside a transparent quart-sized resalable bag inside a carry-on bag.

Alcoholic beverages containing an alcohol content of greater than 70% (greater than 140 proof) are forbidden in carry-on and checked baggage, in line with the TSA and Federal Aviation Administration, a TSA spokesperson told Fox News.

Thanksgiving foods that needs to be packed in checked baggage

    • Homemade or canned cranberry sauce
    • Homemade or packaged gravy (jar/can)
    • Wine, champagne or sparking apple cider
    • Canned fruit or vegetables
    • Preserves, jams or jellies
    • Maple syrup

Almost every solid food item is permissible as a carry-on or checked article, including cooked, uncooked, or store-bought meals and powders. 

For foods that require refrigeration or freezing to prevent foodborne illness, ice packs are allowed, but they need to be frozen solid and never melted by the point you reach a TSA checkpoint.

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On longer flights, dry ice may be used — nevertheless it cannot exceed 5.5 kilos per passenger and the packaging needs to be clearly marked and vented in line with FAA procedures, the TSA’s spokesperson told Fox News.

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Flammable items aren’t permitted in carry-on or checked baggage for safety reasons. 

Cake sparklers aren’t allowed on flights, either, which fall under the identical category as fireworks, in line with the FAA.

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Last but not least, to make sure you’ve a neater time getting your Thanksgiving food through checkpoints, the TSA recommends using clear plastics bags and similar containers.

That way, items may be safely faraway from carry-on bags when inspection time comes.

Fox News’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.

Cortney Moore is an associate lifestyle author on the Lifestyle team at Fox News Digital.

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