You can haul a Lady Baltimore cake through BWI airport or a Boston cream pie home via Logan. Just expect a little extra TLC from the TSA, and don't forget to jam that jelly into luggage you'll be checking.
Thousands of jet-setting epicures are on the go for the biggest food holiday of the year - and airport security screening is at an all-time high. Transportation Security Administration spokesperson Jonella J. Culmer weighed in on which edibles can be carried onboard, and which are best transported in your belly or your checked bags.
Culmer told us via e-mail, that unless these items are purchased from a vendor after the security checkpoint, these items may not be carried onto the plane:
These foods tend to fall under the TSA's 3-1-1 policy governing liquids, gels and aerosols, as liquid explosives are still thought to pose a threat aboard airplanes. A traveler could opt to pack a 3.4 ounce bottle or less, seal that in a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag and send that in a screening bin through a checkpoint scanner, but is all that kerfuffle really worth it for a few spoonfuls of your Aunt Francine's giblet gravy?
Okay, yes, we've had gravy that good, but if that's the case, it just makes sense to eat the egregious baggage fee - at least on one leg of the journey - and stock your suitcase with thoroughly sealed, non-breakable containers of foods you'd like to share, or those you'd care to savor once you're back at home. You're paying the big bucks anyhow, so why not make the most of it?
Most solid leftovers will journey well in a hard-sided container, and liquids in tightly-sealed jars, but learn from our pain. Unless you don't mind an entirely sauce-stained wardrobe, take the time to wrap the container in several tight layers of plastic wrap, then seal that in a plastic, zippered bag.
And when it comes to traveling with tipples, we've fallen in love with WineSkin. For $9.99, you get three padded, contoured, double-sealed sleeves that protect checked bottles and keep the contents from leaking all over your clothes.
But back to the sweet stuff. Culmer informed us that, "Pies are permitted through the security checkpoint," and the TSA website amends this to allow for cakes as well and note, "Please be advised that they are subject to additional screening."
When in doubt as to the flying viability of an item, travelers may consult the TSA's mobile website or download the free "MyTSA" app from iTunes. While the breadth of the "Can I Bring" tab of the app seems to be in an early phase, users searching for "bacon," "tiramisu," or "flan" may suggest the addition of these items via a button.
Jerky is entirely permissible for carry-on, so snack away, intrepid holiday traveler. Snack like the wind.
A few more tips to ensure a minimum of TSA fuss:
Have you planned to haul your cookies cross-country, only to have them nabbed at airport security? We'd love to hear about it below. Share your tasty travel stories in the comments below and for much more, visit CNN Travel's complete holiday travel coverage.
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