If you're planning on flying with food for the Thanksgiving feast, here's how to make it work.

I can't cook much but I do have a few signature snacks I like to make for my fam at Thanksgiving. The only issue with this is that I'm never hosting the holiday and I'm flying to them. I don't want my sausage balls to get smushed into sausage discs.

Between TSA regulations and common sense, it can be tricky to try to fly somewhere with food for the Thanksgiving table. Luckily, there are ways you can do it.


What You Can Take Through TSA In Your Carry-On

  • Baked goods (pies, cakes, cookies, brownies)
  • Meats (turkey, chicken, ham, steak)
  • Stuffing
  • Casseroles
  • Mac and cheese
  • Veggies
  • Fruit
  • Candy
  • Spices

I'd really recommend getting a strong and thick airtight container for a lot of those and remembering they're in your carry-on so be careful with the bag as to not let it get smushed.

KCCI obtained a statement from the TSA that offered this advice for packing your Thanksgiving food to fly:

Here's some food for thought: If it's a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint. However, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it's larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag.

So to that point:

What Food Needs To Go In Your Checked Bag

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Booze
  • Canned fruit or veggies
  • Jams, jellies, or preserves
  • Maple syrup

As far as traveling with these and hoping they don't explode in your luggage, I'd double-bag them and/or wrap them in paper towels to make sure.

If you're flying this Thanksgiving, best of luck and may you and your food make it to the feast on time!

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