Holiday Food You Can Bring On A Plane

By Marilyn Nelson on November 23, 2020
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First off, yes, you can pack food in your carry-on or checked bag, according to the TSA. If the food is solid, it’s allowed in carry-ons. However, many holiday staples have to be checked or left behind.

For you rebels who have decided to go ahead and fly home for the holidays, here’s what you can bring onto the plane in your carry-on:

Homemade or store-bought baked goods
Frozen, cooked or uncooked meats
Boxed or bagged stuffing
Mac ‘n Cheese cooked in a pan
Fresh vegetables
Fresh fruits

These are the things that must be in you checked bags:

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

Foods that are liquids, gels, or aerosols must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule. TSA officers make the final decision on whether certain items are permitted into the secured areas of the airport. 

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