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Bringing Food and Gifts on the Airlines
When it comes to bringing items through airline checkpoints, you can imagine people try to bring virtually everything. Because of all the restrictions placed on bring things on planes it’s good to know in advance what you can and cannot bring.
Here in this short article here I’ll concentrate on traveling with food or gifts, which is an even bigger challenge than many other things. Everyone has favorite foods from home that they want to bring to holiday dinners, or items from their destination that they want to bring back home. But you may not be sure what’s acceptable at the checkpoint.
Here’s a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.
- Cranberry sauce
- Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
- Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
- Wine, liquor and beer
- Maple syrup
- Oils and vinegars
- Salad dressing
Pies and cakes can be taken through security checkpoints, but be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
While wrapped gifts are not prohibited, if a bag alarms our security officers may have to unwrap a gift to take a closer look inside. We recommend passengers wrap gifts after their flight or ship them ahead of time, to avoid the possibility of having to open them during the screening process.
Note that items purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.
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