So you’re going on a trip and have decided to bring some of your favorite food along with you?
You don’t know which foods are allowed and which are not. In this short guide, I’ll explain which foods can and can’t pass through airport security. I’ll also cover the exceptions there are for special items such as baby food, and what else you should be aware of when traveling with food. It is a short guide asking whether or not you can bring specific types of food through airport security? However, the answer isn’t always straightforward.
Every country has its own rules when it comes to airport security and travelers are only allowed to bring certain foods onto a plane through airport security, according to the government agency responsible for airport and aircraft safety in that country.
TSA Food Rules
There are several rules in place for food and drinks that you can bring through airport security. The main rule is that travelers must not carry any food or drink past an airport border if the food or drink’s seal has been broken or tampered with. This means that you cannot carry any liquids, regardless of how small they are; either they will be confiscated by border agents or they will be discarded before you board your flight.
There are also restrictions in place for bringing food and drinks through airport security, though. For example, you may not take food or drink onto a plane that was purchased in the last 40-48 hours. But this restriction doesn’t apply to passengers traveling with infant formula or baby food. And if you purchase any liquid product like alcohol, coffee, tea or juice after arriving at an airport, you are forbidden from taking it on a flight with you.
The US TSA has specific rules for what you can and cannot bring through airport security. Foods that are allowed to be taken through airport security include:
· Unopened food in individual serving sizes
· Uncut fruit
· Food in cans or jars (but not aerosol cans, opened jars or bottles, or food with liquid)
· Alcoholic beverages sealed in retail containers with no more than 3.4 oz.
· Baby formula, breast milk or juice for babies or children
· Foods carried in a sterile liquid, gel or solid form past airport security that are not exposed to the outside air (such as cans of soup)
· Specialty food for medical purposes and dietary needs are allowed past airport security
· Juice boxes if they have an airtight seal and the straw is sealed into place.
Foods That Can Go Through Airport Security:
Some foods are allowed to be carried through airport security and onto a plane, while others are not. Foods that can be brought through airport security include:
· Unopened vacuum-packed food packaging
· Fruit juice sealed in individual containers not more than 3.4 ounces in volume
· Water (bottled or canned) that has not been opened
· Frozen food
· Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic or aluminum bottles that contain no more than 3.
Foods That Can’t Go Through Airport Security:
Many foods are restricted or prohibited for being carried through airport security because they can be dangerous if consumed on a plane.
· Food with ice or ice blocks
· Foods that are past their expiration date, where the food’s seal has been broken or if the food is particularly valuable (such as jewelry, electronics, fine jewelry or watches)
· Foods that have come into contact with animals (such as pet food)
How to pack your food on a Plane
Don’t pack your favorite foods in your carry-on luggage To be sure you can bring your favorite foods through airport security and onto a plane, take further steps to ensure that the foods you have packed have not been tampered with by someone else.
· Don’t pack foods that are likely to be tampered with (such as food in which someone has put clothes, gloves etc. It’s best to leave such items at home).
· Seal food very well in a sealed container. If you must take liquids through airport security, make sure to put them into a single, empty bottle in your luggage.
· Travel with only dry foods in your checked luggage.
· Never place food on top of other foods as this can cause problems when arriving at the destination as it won’t be determined what it is until after you’ve opened it (for example, if you have fruit and chocolate).
Exceptions To The Rules:
So which foods should not be allowed through airport security? You may be wondering why some foods are permitted or can go through security but others cannot. Here are the exceptions to the rules for bringing food through airport security.
· You may bring any kind of food liquid through airport security. However, you can only carry three ounces per container, which includes the container and contents combined.
· You may bring coffee, tea or other types of liquids that are in their original sealed containers onto a flight. But if you purchased these liquids at the airport or on a plane, you are not allowed to travel with them in your carry-on luggage. If you do so, they will be confiscated by TSA officers or discarded before boarding your flight.
· A traveler with proper medical documentation is allowed to bring liquids through airport security. The liquids must be 5 oz. or smaller and sealed in a bottle (such as a prescription bottle).
· Some people are allowed to bring medications that are used by injection or swallowed into the sterile liquid, gel or solid form past airport security. You may also bring over-the-counter medications in the original container including vitamins, minerals, herbs and supplements. But you may not bring anything else through airport security – for example, food with any liquids other than baby formula or expressed breast milk.
New Rules For Food Security:
The TSA is always updating its policies on baggage restrictions, new rules and exceptions. In 2012, the TSA released some new guidelines on what you can carry on a flight that have since been revised as of January 2014.
· Food and baby formula is allowed through airport security.
· You can carry on your baby’s stroller and all of the necessary supplies for your child to be able to travel with you or to a medical facility if needed. However, it must be flight-approved in order to pass through airport security.
What To Do If Your Foods Are Confiscated:
You must ask the TSA officers what they plan on doing with your food before they confiscate it so that you can prepare yourself for the worst case scenario in case your food cannot be allowed through airport security. For example, if you bring foods that are associated with terrorism, like raw eggs, then TSA agents are essentially permitted by law to destroy them. So what should you do if your food is confiscated? Don’t panic!
· If you are traveling with food that was confiscated by TSA officers, don’t try to get it back. Instead, talk to the TSA agents and ask them what they plan on doing with your food.
· If you think that your food may be on their way to becoming a medical waste, call a local medical waste disposal center near you to find out how much it will cost and how long it will take to dispose of the medical waste. You can also contact the TSA agents and ask them if they can handle transporting your medical waste as part of their normal duties.
· If you decide it’s better to dispose of the food yourself rather than waste your time, money or effort on getting it back, then find out if you have a local facility that can accept the medical waste and what the fees are. If you don’t have a local facility or would prefer to be reimbursed in some way, then contact the TSA agents or their supervisor directly and ask them what they will do to compensate you for their mistake.
· If you have been given a phone number to contact, then give that number to a representative at the medical waste disposal facility and explain your situation. The TSA agents will be responsible for reimbursing you for the cost of transporting your medical waste to their facility or paying you in some way
· If the TSA agents offer you a solution that makes sense to you, then take it. But don’t be afraid to ask more questions or try to get some kind of reimbursement for your trouble.
How Airport Security And Food Safety Affect Travelers
As you can see, there are some basic rules that everyone should follow when traveling or eating out in public. However, the US Department of Homeland Security has identified food as one of the top five threats to aviation security.
So what kind of safety precautions should you take when eating at airport restaurants or cafeterias? Here are a few things to consider:
· Before you eat, check to make sure your tray table is up and your tray is latched.
· Keep barf bags handy for anyone who gets sick.
· Make sure the employees know how to properly handle any medical emergencies (some restaurants may have trained first-aid personnel on staff).
What Can You Eat At The Airport?
Airport food is very convenient and it’s cheaper than the other options on the ground. But there are some considerations you must make before you eat this type of food.
You Can’t Bring Unpackaged Foods On A Plane:
There are some products that you can buy at the airport, but they are not allowed to be carried on the plane. This includes foods that may look like sanitary napkins, food powder and other non-food items. For example, to board a flight on an international flight with over 12 hours of travel time, passengers are usually required to declare any item that is not in its original sealed container. The seal must also be intact and not tampered with.
You Can’t Bring Foods In Glass Containers:
Some items may contain chemicals that are not allowed before going through airport security. When you fly, it is best to avoid glass containers of any kind because they may break during the screening process. Also, if your food breaks during the screening process, you could cause a safety hazard to the people around you. Be sure to dispose of any broken glass in a secure manner at your place of origin or at your final destination so that it doesn’t have an impact on flight safety.
Avoid These Foods Before You Board An Airplane:
· Food with temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit is prohibited when it comes to carry-on or checked baggage.
· Foods that have been prepared in ways that may present health risks, such as raw meat or fish, are also prohibited.
· Foods such as liquid cheese, cream sauces and dairy spreads are allowed on board even though they may be considered semi-liquid. However, you should not put these food products into your carry-on bag because they can get messy and make a mess of your bag and other people’s luggage.
· Foods with high-fat contents or sauces that contain vinegar, wine, raw eggs and puddings are also restricted.
· You should avoid highly acidic juices, such as citrus and tomato-based drinks or foods served in glass.
These items are not allowed at the airport
Each airport has its own set of rules and restrictions on foods, such as liquids and gels, that you can take on board the aircraft. It is important to keep up with these rules because they can affect your safety if there is an accident during the flight and you have to leave the plane quickly.
Airlines and airports do not want to pay for additional inspections because most of the penalties are levied by US government due to equipment damage and lost revenues.
Here are some guidelines that you must follow:
· For liquids, you must go through airport check-in lines only. If you are trying to pick up liquid containers at baggage claim, then it may not be possible for you to carry an empty or full container without triggering additional screening. This means that if the airport has a policy against carrying liquids in your carry-on bag, then it is best for you to leave the liquid foods in your car or hotel room until arrival at the airport.
· If you are trying to bring a liquid container through airport security, only take the amount that is needed for your flight. You may also want to put the leftover liquid back into the original packaging so that it can be stowed in your checked bag by the airline staff. Remember that any excess liquids or packages found in your carry-on bag will be discarded or confiscated.
· Liquids are allowed via carry-on bag if they are purchased in airport stores and cafes or if you get them from another person traveling with you. Be sure to keep these items inside a clear plastic zip lock bag and store it neatly inside your carry-on luggage when going through security checkpoints.
· If you are bringing a liquid through security, it is best to avoid carrying them in the car. The liquid can get cold or get damaged during transportation. There are many cases of liquid bottles breaking during the travel process, including at check points and airports. Also, if you put your liquids in a backpack or other large bag that is lying open on the ground, do not forget to close it before going through security checkpoints.
· If you don’t have anything to cover your bite marks when eating foods from airport food service counters, then remember to keep these items inside a zip lock plastic bag so that they won’t be thrown away by airport staff and alerted security officials about what you had for your meal.
· Liquids that are in cans or other containers that have to be opened through a can opener are still allowed. But these items must be kept in your checked bag at the airport staff’s discretion.
· Foods stored in PETE plastic bottles may still be carry-on items if they are full and sealed properly.
· Any liquid or gel containers made of clear plastic, glass, aluminum and/or steel will not be allowed for carry-on bags because they are considered to be hazardous materials. These containers may contain chemicals that can increase the risk of chemical attacks and loss of life during an aircraft accident.
· Any liquids or gel containers that are not allowed on board an aircraft will be confiscated and discarded.
· When in doubt, do not bring any liquids through security checkpoints if the airport has a policy against them.
Liquids purchased at participating airports may be allowed on board if the caps are closed and the bottles are placed inside a zip lock plastic bag. The zip lock bag must be less than one quart in size for carry-on bags and it should fit comfortably within your carry-on luggage so you can show it as proof that you have met the requirements at security checkpoints.
If the liquid is purchased outside of an airport, then it should be stored in your checked bag at the airport staff’s discretion. You must also bring a clear plastic zip lock bag with you when leaving the plane so that you can place your items inside while they are being screened.
If you do not meet these requirements and cannot prove them to airport staff, then all of the liquids in your checked baggage will be confiscated by security officials and disposed of.
After filling out your profile form with comments about how you intend on using our website, remember to keep in mind that there are many people who visit our site on a regular basis.
You can bring your own food and drinks to the airport or any other public place, as long as it is not in liquid form. If you purchase food or liquids from an airport or another public place, make sure it’s in a carry-on bag and sealed properly so that you can avoid potential hassles with airport security. And when you get to the security check point, make sure to carry-on your liquids, gels and aerosols in a clear bag for visual inspection by TSA officials.
Hopefully this blogpost has helped calm any fears you may have about what is and isn’t allowed through airport security.