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Traveling with Food or Gifts - TSA Tips

When it comes to bringing items through security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has seen just about everything. Traveling with food or gifts is an even bigger challenge. Everyone has favorite foods from home that they want to bring to holiday dinners, or items from their destination that they want to bring back home.

Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? Here's a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should pack in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home:

Cranberry sauce
Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
Maple syrup
Oils and vinegars
Salad dressing
Wine, liquor and beer

You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.

Note: If your items fall under TSA's 3-1-1 guidelines for traveling with liquids and gels, you are permitted to take them with you in your carry-on bags.

Remember! - do not wrap gifts you're taking on the plane. Security officers may have to unwrap gifts if they need to take a closer look. Please ship wrapped gifts ahead of time or wait until your destination to wrap them.

For a complete list of TSA's permitted and prohibited items, visit www.tsa.gov, or FAA's Pack Safe page at www.faa.gov/go/PackSafe