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What To Know Before Bringing Food Through TSA And On A Plane

By Maddie Brown


If you're bringing food on your flight, you'll need to confirm that all products are TSA-approved for carry-on luggage. Fortunately, these rules are fairly simple to follow.
According to the TSA website, solid food items are permissible in both carry-on and checked luggage. Travelers can easily carry items like bread, cereal, crackers, and more.
TSA's 3-1-1 liquid rule often applies to spreadable products and cans with liquid in them, meaning containers must be less than 3.4 ounces and fit in a quart-sized bag.
Solid frozen products (including ice) meet TSA carry-on requirements, and medically necessary liquids (such as baby formula and breast milk) are exempt from the 3-1-1 liquid rule.
International travel comes with more restrictions. Travelers cannot carry foreign meat or bring fruits and veggies from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands into the U.S.
When entering the U.S., declare all agricultural and wildlife products to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Travelers who don’t could receive fines up to $10,000.