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Are you trying to figure out what you need to check, and what you can carry on for Thanksgiving? The rules can be confusing, but the TSA is here to help. As we get into the busy holiday travel season, the TSA is sharing some lighthearted guidelines about the Thanksgiving foods that are okay to have in your carry-on and those that belong in your checked luggage.
- Turkey - The star of many Thanksgiving dinners is fine to bring on the plane, as long as it’s cooked. If you have leftovers, go ahead and bring them. "Who are we kidding, we know you always travel with extra room in your carry-on just in case you need to transport the Thanksgiving piece-de-resistance," the TSA writes. "So fear not, the cooked avian creature can tag along in your carry-on at the airport."
- Stuffing “aka, the power side-dish of champions” - According to the agency, stuffing is welcome in your carry-on bags.
- Sides and desserts - “Thankful for yummy Thanksgiving pumpkin pies, green beans, mac & cheese, and yams? Who isn’t?! You’ll be happy to know that calorie-rich sides and desserts are fine and dandy to bring in your carry-on,” the TSA shares. “Just make sure that any dishes containing liquids follow the 3-1-1 rule.” And if you’re not sure if something is considered a liquid, pack it in your checked bag, just to be safe.
- Cranberry sauce - Doesn’t matter if it’s from a can or homemade, it’s classified as a liquid, so it needs to go in your checked luggage if it’s more than 3.4-ounces.
- Wine or other alcohol - “Oh the joys of family get-togethers and holidays… Thank goodness for chardonnay!,” the agency writes. “We know that you know about the 3-1-1 rule already. Which means, check yo’ bottles, in yo’ checked bags.”
- Corkscrews - If you’re worried how you’re going to open those bottles of wine, the TSA thought of that, too. “Fear not, my pilgrim wine connoisseurs, there are several types of corkscrews that are allowed in your carry-on bags,” they share on their website. But if your corkscrew has a blade, it needs to go in your checked bag.