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 TSA on which foods can be checked, carried through security 

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HONOLULU (KITV4) -- Airports across the nation are anticipating a surge for the upcoming holiday season.

Typically the busiest days at Hawaii airports are the days leading into the weekend and the days returning from the weekend.

Before you head to the airport it's important to think about how to transport food if you are traveling with food this year.

Most foods can be carried through the TSA checkpoint, but there are some items that will need to be transported in checked baggage.

If it’s a solid item, then it can go through the checkpoint in a carry-on, however, if you can spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) then it should travel in a checked bag.

TSA is also recommending placing those items in any clear plastic bag or containers when packing them at home and then removing those items from your carry-on bag and placing them in a bin for screening at the checkpoint. 

Below are some examples of which foods items are allowed through the checkpoint and which items need to be placed in checked baggage. 

Thanksgiving foods that can be carried through TSA checkpoint:

  • Baked goods. Pies, bread, 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.
  • Mac ‘n Cheese. 
  • Fresh vegetables. Potatoes, yams, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, radishes, carrots, squash, greens. 
  • Pineapple.
  • Candy. All types!
  • Spices and powdered gravy mix.

USDA does not allow fresh fruit on flights from Hawaii to the mainland other than pineapple and onions. Officials say this is due to federal quarantine rules. If you do bring fruit that is not allowed, USDA inspectors will confiscate these items at the checkpoint.

Thanksgiving foods that should be carefully packed with your checked baggage (if more than 3.4 oz):

  • Cranberry sauce. homemade or canned are spreadable, needs to be checked. 
  • Gravy. Homemade or in a jar/can.
  • Drinks. Wine, champagne, spirits, and sparkling cider.
  • Canned fruits or vegetables. It’s got liquid in the can, so they need to be checked.
  • Preserves, jams, and jellies. 
  • Sauces, syrups, and soups.

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