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Traveling with Food or Gifts

November 16th 2012 by
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17The holiday season is quickly approaching. For many people, that means traveling to visit friends and relatives. It also means bringing gifts and food to help spread holiday cheer.

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) knows that traveling with food or gifts can be challenging. After all, 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.

Are you unsure about what you can and can’t bring through the checkpoint? Listed below are the 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
    • 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

The TSA also offers these reminders:
1. While you can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, they are subject to additional screening.
2. Do not wrap gifts that you are taking on the plane; security officers may have to unwrap the gifts if they need to take a closer look. Instead, you should ship your wrapped gifts ahead of your flight or wait until you reach your destination to wrap them.
3. Items purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.


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