Written by Jody Trammel

Flying with Food and Gift

Flying with Food and Gift Carry-ons

Carry - on ItemsWhen arranging holiday travel, many passengers aim to fly with homemade foods and holiday presents for loved ones packed with their carry-ons. Before your trip, make sure all of your special treats can make it on the plane with you. Follow our pointers below to ensure that all of your carry-on items are TSA-approved.

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It is possible to board a plane with cake you baked for a Thanksgiving potluck or to head back home with a few of grandma’s famous pecan pies. Just keep in mind that these food items will need to be wrapped to make it through the checkpoint, and all food will be required to go through the terminal’s X-ray machine. Plus, it may be subject to additional screening.

Also, don’t forget that airports’ liquid, gel, and aerosol limits still apply. So if you’re hoping to carry popular foods like cranberry sauce, creamy condiments and dips, gravies, jellies, jams, syrups, sauces, soups, or alcoholic beverages, make sure they’re less than 3.4 ounces. If they exceed that limit, you’ll want to include them with checked luggage or ship them ahead of time.


While including wrapped gifts with your carry-on luggage is allowed, if your package requires further inspection, TSA officers may have to unwrap it to investigate further. Bypass any problem with your presents by planning to wrap them after you land or mailing them before your trip.

And, the same gel, liquid, and aerosol rules from above apply. So if you’ve packed perfume, cologne, snow globes, alcohol, or any other liquid items as gifts to be included with your carry-ons, keep them under 3.4 ounces.

Have an amazing trip, wherever you’re headed. And for ground transportation to or from the airport terminal, just call Affinity!