By now every man, woman, child, dog and cat in America has heard the CDC warning NOT to fly to see family for Thanksgiving.  And by now you've probably also heard that millions of Americans are going to fly anyway.  I know, I dare we challenge the guidance of such health heroes as California Governor Gavin "French Laundry" Newsom and New York Governor Andrew "Do What I Say Not What I Do" Cuomo!"

Hard tp believe (yes, they are) but it's up, up and away for millions.  So, if you are going to go, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants you to know which Thanksgiving foods can and cannot be brought on as a carry-on.

Fox news did the legwork and reports that solid foods can be transported easily, while liquids must adhere to the TSA’s 3.4-ounce liquid container rule. That's the one that's the biggest hassle. " Each airline passenger is allowed to pack a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in a single carry-on bag. But the individual containers within that bag cannot exceed 3.4 ounces each."  This rule also applies to beverages, spreads, and cooking sprays.

Alcoholic beverages that are more than 70% ABV (more than 140 proof) are forbidden from carry-on and checked baggage which means your homemade special "gravy" doesn't make the cut!

The good news -if your flying to a place where people don't cook- (like my kichen) is that almost every solid food item can be brought aboard in a carry-on or as checked luggage. You’re also allowed to have ice packs, but they must be frozen solid and not melted by the time you reach a TSA checkpoint.

For the record, you should be checking things such as canned pumpkin, canned yams, and even canned cranberry sauce.

Thanksgiving foods that can be carried through TSA checkpoints

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

Travel safely, stay healthy and as always...KIT calls dibs on the leftovers.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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