Can Cranberry Sauce Get Past TSA?

Posted in At the Terminal, Domestic US

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, there’s a good chance you’re going to be traveling via plane to visit family and get down with some turkey. So what do you do if you want to bring a pie on the plane to Grandma’s house? Is cherry pie filling a liquid or a gel? Will the TSA let it through? Luckily, they have a handy guide on their website to let you know what is not permissible for bringing on-board during this holiday season.

Here’s the list of what doesn’t make the cut (in packages bigger than 3.4 oz):

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Cologne
  • Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
  • Gravy
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Lotions
  • Maple syrup
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Perfume
  • Salad dressing
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Snow Globes
  • Soups
  • Wine, liquor and beer

Special note: Pies and cakes are cool, but they are subject to additional screening.

If you need to bring that cranberry sauce with you anyway, the easiest (and most obvious) work-around is just checking it with your luggage. The easiest way to bring liquor through? Hide it in your stomach before the flight.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fly&Dine!

(Consumerist via TSA)

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