Travel to Turkey: What Thanksgiving foods can you take on a plane?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds travelers of the Thanksgiving foods they can and cannot bring in their carry-on luggage. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Thanksgiving weekend travel is notorious for clogging up airports. And to keep things running smoothly at security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced which holiday foods travelers are allowed to take with them on the plane.

Coming from afar won’t stifle people’s desire to bring their famous pumpkin pie or their classic yams and marshmallows for the ride to share with family and friends, so the TSA has simplified things with a few “materials to reflection”.

“If it’s a solid item, it may pass through a checkpoint,” the TSA said in a press release. “However, if you can spill, spread, spray, pump or pour it, and it exceeds 3.4 ounces, it must be placed in a checked bag.”

These take-out Thanksgiving foods are good to go:

  • Baked goods: Yes, this includes pumpkin pie
  • Meat: frozen, cooked or not, all meats are allowed, but don’t forget to wrap well.
  • Stuffing in all its forms
  • Casseroles: Midwesterners rejoice!
  • Mac ‘n Cheese: Fully cooked or not
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Candy: But keep this in your hand luggage, otherwise you might be asked to share
  • Spices

Food items cleared through security should always be placed in a plastic bag to make it easier for TSA screening officers to work, especially since food often requires additional security screening.

Thanksgiving foods that must be placed in checked baggage:

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Sauce
  • Wine, champagne, sparkling apple cider
  • Canned fruits or vegetables
  • Preserves, jams and jellies
  • Maple syrup
  • Any other liquid or that can be considered “spreadable”

Find all TSA travel guidelines here.

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