What Thanksgiving foods can you take through TSA checkpoints?

Here’s some food for thought.

It might not come as a surprise, but stuffing a firearm in your Thanksgiving bird for travel is just fowl. It won't get past a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint and will likely delay your arrival at grandma's in time for dinner.

But that didn't stop one traveler earlier this month. The TSA said the poor packing choice was uncovered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

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Guns aside, before you agree to bring a family favorite food item to contribute to the holiday table, it’s important to think about how you’re planning to transport it while flying.

The TSA said most foods could be carried through airport checkpoints, but some items will need to be transported in checked bags.

"If it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint," the TSA said. "However, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag."

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Airplane passengers line up for TSA security screenings at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.
Airplane passengers line up for TSA security screenings at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.

Many Thanksgiving foods can be taken through a TSA checkpoint, but there are some items that will need to be transported in checked baggage in order to ease your travel experience at the airport.

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These Thanksgiving foods can be carried through a TSA checkpoint.
These Thanksgiving foods can be carried through a TSA checkpoint.
These Thanksgiving foods should be carefully packed with your checked baggage.
These Thanksgiving foods should be carefully packed with your checked baggage.

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Food items often need some additional security screening, the TSA warns. It is best to place those items in an easily accessible location of the carry-on when packing them, and then removing those items from your bag and placing them in a bin for screening at the checkpoint.

If you are still unsure if a food item should be packed in a carry-on or checked bag, click here to find out.

Cranberry sauce and other Thanksgiving side dishes.
Cranberry sauce and other Thanksgiving side dishes.