Thanksgiving Food You Can Take With You Through Airport Security

If you are flying home for Thanksgiving or taking leftover food with you, you may need to take some treats with you on the plane. In some cases, product inspection helps, but fragile items may need to be removed. Not all food can be flown on the fly, and the general rule of “no liquids, gels or aerosols” applies even to edible foods.

You could probably figure out which items are prohibited and allowed using the TSA’s Prohibited Items List , but – just in case your brain is a little confused by the turmoil of the day – Food & Wine has compiled a list for you (plus a few more Thanksgiving travel tips ).

Prohibited foods:

  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Sauce
  • Puree
  • Any sauces, spreads, jellies or jams.
  • Whipped toppings of any kind

Treats in order:

  • Turkey
  • Filling
  • Vegetables
  • Pies (although I’ve heard that some people had trouble getting pumpkin pie after TSA.)
  • Cake
  • Cookies
  • Bread
  • Your famous Thanksgiving sandwich!

While not explicitly listed, I would probably shy away from casserole-type dishes, especially those that contain a lot of cream or cheese (or cream cheese), and obviously stay away from Jell-o salad, not only because that it is clearly a gel, but also because it is disgusting.

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