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Old 01-24-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Packing food on flight

I am taking poptarts, crackers, etc, about enough to fit in a kid size duffel bag. Is it okay to take that food as a carryon if it is the only thing in the carryon?
I just don't want to put it in the suitcase and have it all get crushed...
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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Yes it can go in a carry on.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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Food is no problem - just no liquids or ice packs. The carry-on will count towards 1 person's carry-on allowance.

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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I am taking poptarts, crackers, etc, about enough to fit in a kid size duffel bag. Is it okay to take that food as a carryon if it is the only thing in the carryon?
I just don't want to put it in the suitcase and have it all get crushed...
As others have said, it's fine to bring non-liquid/non-gel food items on the plane with you as carry-on. (I've carried a turkey leg home from WDW in my carry-on! ) Just a note because you said "duffel'; if you put it in the over-head bin it might still get crushed. When the over-head bins start to fill up, the flight attendants and other passengers try to make as much space as possible by pushing together bags. If your's is soft, it might get mushed. I'd put under the seat in front of me instead.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:45 PM   #6
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If you decide to bring a jar of peanut butter or something like that, it couldn't be carried on, but it can be checked. One way to avoid it being crushed would be to put it in a shoe box and then into the bag. This would work for carry on or checked baggage.

Also, I would check with the airline about what you can bring as a carry on...I've heard that only food that will be consumed in flight can be carried on. I could be wrong on that though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #7
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If you decide to bring a jar of peanut butter or something like that, it couldn't be carried on, but it can be checked. One way to avoid it being crushed would be to put it in a shoe box and then into the bag. This would work for carry on or checked baggage.

Also, I would check with the airline about what you can bring as a carry on...I've heard that only food that will be consumed in flight can be carried on. I could be wrong on that though.
Last paragraph not entirely true. Basically you're allowed 1+1 (carryon and personal item), if you were to board and had say an additional small paper bag with the burger an fries you just bought, then it's allowed because its being consumed on board.

You couldnt have the 1+1, and then another carryon bag full of food you'll snack on for the trip. That would be too many bags.

In terms of what you pack foodwise in the carryon, as long as its not a gel or liquid over 3.4 oz, you can pack it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #8
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Gel ice packs are allowed as long as they are frozen. When frozen they are a solid, hence the gel restriction doesn't apply.
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I am taking poptarts, crackers, etc, about enough to fit in a kid size duffel bag. Is it okay to take that food as a carryon if it is the only thing in the carryon?
I just don't want to put it in the suitcase and have it all get crushed...
Its OK to carry food on even if it isn't the only thing in a carryon. As long as its not a liquid/gel then nobody cares what is in the carryon.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #10
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Gel ice packs are allowed as long as they are frozen. When frozen they are a solid, hence the gel restriction doesn't apply.
Not true. You can only take ice packs through security for medical reasons.
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Not true. You can only take ice packs through security for medical reasons.
Yep- I have tossed quite a few of this in the trash because they are not allowed... I always forget to leave them in the car. I usually bring extra ziplock bags to fill with ice after I go through security.
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Not true. You can only take ice packs through security for medical reasons.
The cities on the west coast I've been thru have never given me a problem. Maybe the folks you dealt with were new, or your gel/ice packs were not frozen. Below per the TSA.gov website



Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.
If the frozen item is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:39 AM   #13
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If you decide to bring a jar of peanut butter or something like that, it couldn't be carried on, but it can be checked.
Why no peanut butter -- is it considered a gel?
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Not true. You can only take ice packs through security for medical reasons.
No, anyone can.

As for the peanut butter question, it's considered a liquid:

https://www.tsa.gov/traveler-informa...-food-or-gifts
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
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So glad this was posted as we are leaving in a month and planned to bring snacks as well. We are flying SWA so get to check 2 bags (free) each. We won't need that much luggage but putting the snacks in shoe boxes in our checked luggage is a great idea! I guess I'll order water and whatnot from Garden Grocer or Wegoshop as we are staying on property with no car.
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