Flying With Pie? How to Travel With Food for Thanksgiving

Here's what you need to know about TSA's regulations for flying with food this holiday season

Are you spending Thanksgiving out of town this year? If you're one of the millions of Americans hopping a flight this week, take note! Traveling to Grandma's house doesn't necessarily mean that your friends and family won't get a chance to taste your world-famous pumpkin pie. According to TSA food regulations, pies — yes, even pumpkin and lemon and anything else that may seem "gel-like" — are explicitly permitted through airport security.

But be warned: Pies may have to go through "additional screening" and you'll have better luck if your pie is packaged in a way that allows it to be seen clearly by TSA agents. 

The same, unfortunately, can't be said for cranberry sauce, gravy, jellies, jams or creamy dips and spreads. Bringing gifts? Remember that all gifts (food or otherwise) should be left unwrapped. If a security agent needs to perform secondary screening on any object, he or she will have to open the gift.

Get all of the TSA's guidelines for food and happy holiday travel here.

And check out our gallery of affordable food carriers to transport your famed pumpkin pie or stellar green bean casserole without a hitch, however you're traveling this holiday season.

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