Which Thanksgiving Leftovers Are Allowed on the Plane?

Can you imagine watching a container of your mom's famous cranberry sauce being thrown into the garbage? Me neither. After all, many of us think leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving.

If the plane ride home from your Thanksgiving destination is quick enough that leftovers will survive the travel time, it's a given that you'll want to take that home-cooked goodness back to your own kitchen table. Don't let your giddy anticipation of a day-after feast get squashed by TSA regulations; learn which items will pass safely through security.

Independent Traveler got in touch with a TSA representative to find out, once and for all, which food items are OK to bring through security. The good news is that not all of your Thanksgiving leftovers are against the rules, and the bad news is that you may hold up the security line if you do bring certain items.

  • Good to go: You shouldn't get into trouble when you bring turkey and stuffing.
  • Kind of OK: You can take pies, cakes, and other bakery goods through security, but don't be surprised when your food is pulled aside for additional screening.
  • Destined for the trash: Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, creamed spinach, etc. will most likely be declared too gel-like to pass security.
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