Lots of people travel for Thanksgiving, but you won’t be able to take an entire feast onto a plane with you in your carry-on.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says when it comes to foods commonly eaten for Thanksgiving, “Whether first-run foods or leftovers, the same rules apply. If you are planning to travel with foods to contribute to a Thanksgiving meal or travel with leftovers, be sure you follow this simple rule to ensure your food can travel with you: if you can spill it, spray it, pump it, or pour it and it is in a quantity greater than 3.4 ounces, pack it in a checked bag.”
Examples for items that should be checked include: jams, jellies, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Some foods that can be carried through TSA checkpoints: homemade or store-bought baked goods, frozen, cooked or uncooked meats, casseroles, mac ‘n cheese cooked in a pan, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, candy, and spices.
If an item you’re carrying-on requires refrigeration or freezing to prevent foodborne illness, ice packs are allowed, but they must be frozen solid and not melted by the time you reach a TSA checkpoint. And in case you were wondering, alcoholic beverages containing an alcohol content of more than 70 percent (more than 140 proof) are forbidden in carry-on and checked baggage.