TSA food rules let you carry on these Thanksgiving staples

Carry on the chicken. Check the gravy.

The TSA has two simple rules for flyers toting Thanksgiving household favorites: Anything strong can undergo airport safety. Anything liquid or spreadable can’t — and must be packed rigorously inside a checked bag.

“People are surprised that some travelers want to bring turkeys and ham on their flight,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein advised The Post. “Guess what? Turkeys can fly — and I’m not referring to spouses!”

Fair warning from Farbstein: Anything carried on needs to be put in a bin for X-raying, similar to a laptop computer.

And the record of carry-ons is lengthy: fowl, beef or pork, cooked or raw; stuffing, cooked or raw, boxed or bagged; pumpkin pie; casseroles like Mom’s trusty green-bean concoction; and virtually any recent fruit and veggie, together with yams and Brussel sprouts.

The gravy, the cranberry sauce, the wine, the apple cider, these do-it-yourself cherry preserves — all of them need to be checked.

And if you’re undecided whether or not to carry or test, tweet @AskTSA or kind the merchandise into the TSA website’s search engine.

The TSA doesn't allow anything liquid or spreadable to be carried onto airplanes.
The TSA doesn’t permit something liquid or spreadable to be carried onto airplanes.TSA Northeast/Twitter

Finally, nevertheless your food flies, maintain it chilly to stop foodborne sickness. The TSA permits ice packs, however they need to be frozen to make it into the overhead bin.


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