TSA: Keep grandma’s gravy at home but the turducken can fly

TSA on Thanksgiving: “Gravy is sadly prohibited from carry-on bags”


I am not sure how many problems the TSA has had with this but I was surprised to learn that Thanksgiving gravy is not allowed on carry-on bags.

From the TSA: “Gravy is sadly prohibited from carry-on bags unless you pack it in accordance with our liquid polices mentioned above. You can also pack it in your checked baggage.”

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Gravy as well as cranberry sauce for that matter fall under the sometimes mysterious “Liquid Rules” which basically states that you’re “allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or smaller sized containers that will fit in one sealed, clear, quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person. Make sure you take the zip-top bag out of your carry-on prior to sending it through the X-ray.”

Ok, so while you can’t take your gravy with you, you can apparently more easily take your Thanksgiving turducken in checked or carry-on bag. But as you might imagine there are rules:

From the TSA: “Turduckens can be packed in dry ice for carry-on and checked bags. If you pack your turducken in regular ice, remember that the ice must be completely frozen when going through the checkpoint in order to adhere to the 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols. And last but not least, odds are a turducken in a cooler (or shipping box) might exceed your airline's carry-on size allowance, so make sure you check with them before you go to the airport.”

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