Whether you want to bring a dish to impress your Thanksgiving host or you’re trying to bring home some of Grandma’s leftovers, keep in mind that airport security rules still apply. Even though it’s a holiday, the Transportation Security Administration doesn’t look kindly on rule-breakers, so that means no liquids (or gelatin, or jams, or salad dressings) in containers greater than 3.4 ounces can go in your carry-on.
Some of TSA’s no-fly holiday foods include soups (let’s be honest, do you really want to risk a butternut squash bisque sloshing around in your bag?), cranberry sauce, and your signature Thanksgiving gravy. You can bring the boat, but we recommend waiting until you arrive at your final destination before whipping up a batch.
Perhaps surprisingly, you can bring alcohol with you on your flight—no, you cannot drink said alcohol on your flight. But if you want to gift your host a bottle of wine, you’re welcome to pack it in your checked luggage. Otherwise, you can carry-on those miniature bottles, which are a travel-friendly 1.7 ounce, though you can’t drink them until after deboarding the plane.
TSA does give cakes, pies, and even the whole Thanksgiving turkey a thumbs up, though keep in mind that anything brought through security is subject to additional screening. So consider whether or not you want to watch your pecan pie be sliced and examined on a conveyer belt.
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