Weird Things You Can Bring on Your Thanksgiving Flight Home
Let's say that "holiday-ish" feeling has got you feeling generous and you would like to bring the whole Thanksgiving meal to the big celebration. The problem is you're flying. And no, you don't want to send the cash or gift certificates.
You want to bring an actual bird, gravy, veggies, pies, wine, etc., in your luggage. Is that even possible? Let's find out, shall we?
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has a website where you can get all the information you need on what you can and cannot bring on an airplane in either your carry-on or checked luggage.
Yes, you can bring alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol. In your checked bag you are limited to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags.
I'll be honest here. I've seen how checked bags are handled. I'm not sure bringing wine with you is a good idea.
What about bread or rolls? Yes, you can put them in your checked or carry-on luggage. (Heck, you can even bring a bread machine if you want!)
Canned yams, green beans, mushroom soup? Well, they may require extra screening, but you can put them in your checked luggage.
Can you take along a fully cooked or smoked turkey? If it is uncooked it must be frozen with no melting or liquid evident. Plus if you have it in ice packs they must be fully frozen and if you're using dry ice, it needs to be vented and marked properly.
You already have just about all you need to make stuffing when you get to your Thanksgiving destination. But, don't forget the potatoes and gravy. Yes, gravy! You can carry gravy and fresh potatoes in your checked luggage. (Just remember to cook and mash them later)
What about the cranberries? Yes, just like the potatoes, you can carry them in your baggage.
Finally, dessert! Yes, you can carry pies and cakes in your carry-on and checked luggage.
But, honestly - -why on earth would you? The strange looks and comments you'll get aren't really worth it, are they?
That being said, one year I transported a full salami and 5 pounds of fresh ricotta cheese to Colorado. And I was a hero that Christmas!!
Source: TSA What Can I Bring website
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