Bring food on the plane? Restrictions?
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I've been all over the TSA website, and I can't find anything about bringing food on to the plane. I thought I had read somewhere that you can't bring pies or jellies on board. We are leaving at 10:41 am and arriving at 2:15pm (with an hour time change going east). I'm sure my kids are going to get hungry and I don't want to pay $3 for a bag of M&Ms. Does anyone know if there are certain things you can't bring on board? TIA!!!
When we flew back in Dec. I had some of those Jell-o cups for my son and I had to get rid of those. But I did have cereal bars and crackers and dried fruit that they said was fine. it was all in the original containers and they hadn't been opened yet so they were fine with that. But I wouldn't try to bring pie or jellies on the aircraft.
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You can bring anything that isn't a liquid or liquid like (puddings, jellos, drinks, yogurt). Sandwiches, chips etc are fine. Just not anything to keep them cool. You can also take anything aboard that you purchase after the security checkpoint.
Each passenger can carry one one-quart clear zip bag to carry liquids and gels. Each container has to be 3.1 oz. or less, and the zip bag has to go through the security checkpoint in an X-ray scanner tub (not left in a carry-on bag). So... pack some single-serving packets of jelly in the zip bag along with your travel-size toothpaste, liquid cosmetics, etc. Carry the bread separately.
The TSA isn't going to try to list every liquid or gel item that's acceptable. It doesn't matter whether it's food, cosmetics, or Elmer's Glue.... as long as it's a liquid or gel, the rules will still apply.
Pie fillings, of course, tend to be semi-liquid or gel, and are probably going to add up to more than 3.1 oz. (or fit into a one-quart bag). Even McDonald's apple pies can be an issue - is the filling more than 3.1 oz? Regardless, it has to be in the one-quart bag.
Since made-up PB&J sandwiches can show up on the scanner as a liquid/gel, those have been problems for some travelers. Since TSA can't be sure whether there's less than 3 oz. of PB or J on the sandwich, they may toss them because they can't be sure. So, if you want your own PB&J, pack the PB and the J as single-serving packets (or in 3 oz. containers), pack the bread separately, and make up the sandwiches after you board. (The same is true for items like mayo and mustard - if you want them for your sandwiches, do the single-serving packet thing.)
What about the "no food" thing? It's probably etched in our memories from the days right after 9/11. The initial security clamp-down meant that food and beverage service was suspended on the airlines and beyond the screening check-points until better security screening procedures for airport personnel could be put in place. Once all that was taken care of, food service returned to the terminals and planes. Of course, the airlines used this as an excuse to cut back on food and beverage services on the planes (business was really rough, with a big drop in air travel)....
After the shoe bomber incident, the TSA added the no liquids/gels rules, and since a lot of foods and beverages fit into the category of liquid/gel, they have been affected by the liquid/gel rules.
We brought Trail mix, and m&ms from home and they were fine. Bought some chips after security and they were fine as well. As long as u get a drink on the plane u should be fine.
i know how it is getting hungry during the flight. luckily, the flight from new orleans isn't that long to disney. I normally have a big breakfast and bring some juice for the flight and i'm fine til we land.
Hmm. wouldn't have thought that peanut butter cups would get pulled. I guess it's better to stick with peanut M&Ms then. I just came back from WDW. I had fudge in my carry on, and also got a sandwich from Main Street Bakery. I put the mayo packets in the qt size bag and had it go through separately. I think the grocery store now sells small packets of peanut butter. Expensive, but there is a use for this sometimes. I had thought about getting the apple slices and caramel that they sell at the foodcourts but didn't. But I would have separated the caramel (or the ranch dressing that comes with celery/carrot sticks) if I decided to bring those on the plane.