WATCH: What Thanksgiving foods TSA will throw away if you try to put them in your carry-on


Thanksgiving foods that need to go in checked bags <i>Courtesy of the TSA</i>

WATCH: What Thanksgiving foods TSA will throw away if you try to put them in your carry-on

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The Transportation Security Administration is putting out a reminder about what you can and cannot take in your carry-on bag when traveling on an airplane. Don’t arrive at grandma’s Thanksgiving table empty-handed because a TSA agent had to toss it.

The TSA says Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for all travel. From Friday, Nov. 18, to Sunday, Nov. 27, airports will see the most passengers than any other time of year. A press release said Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is expected to see a pre-pandemic level of travelers for the first time since the coronavirus shutdowns.


Just on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, 2.9 million people traveled through airports nationwide in 2019. This year, airports are expecting at least those numbers, if not more. Meaning travelers are going to need to prepare for at least two-hour wait times to get through airport security.

The TSA sent out a reminder that if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it, or pour it, you need to check it. This also goes with the standing rule of anything over 3.4 ounces also needs to be placed in a checked bag.

Below is the list of items the TSA wants to warn travelers about bringing on the plane for their Thanksgiving travels this year.

Thanksgiving foods that should be carefully packed with your checked baggage

Cranberry sauce. Homemade or canned are spreadable, so check them. Gravy. Homemade or in a jar/can. Wine, champagne, sparking apple cider. Canned fruit or vegetables. It’s got liquid in the can, so check them. Preserves, jams, and jellies. They are spreadable, so best to check them. Maple syrup.


Thanksgiving foods that can be carried through a TSA checkpoint

Baked goods. Homemade or store-bought pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, and other sweet treats. Meats. Turkey, chicken, ham, steak. Frozen, cooked, or uncooked. Stuffing. Cooked, uncooked, in a box, or in a bag. Casseroles. Traditional green beans and onion straws or something more exotic. Macaroni and cheese. Cooked in a pan or traveling with the ingredients to cook it at your destination. Fresh vegetables. Potatoes, yams, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, radishes, carrots, squash, greens. Fresh fruit. Apples, pears, pineapple, lemons, limes, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwi.  Candy. Spices.

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