These are the Thanksgiving leftovers you can and can't take on the plane with you

Posted at 7:08 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 09:55:10-05

The Transportation Security Administration issued some guidelines for travelers on what Thanksgiving leftovers they can take on the plane. The general rule of thumb is if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it, or pour it, you should put it in a checked bag.

So, when you want to sneak in some leftovers from grandma's house, remember these general guidelines.

What you can bring on the plane:

  • You can bring an entire cooked turkey on the plane with you. (Other passengers may get jealous as the aroma from the turkey engulfs the entire cabin. Expect some stares.)
  • Stuffing is also acceptable. Whew.
  • The coveted gravy and cranberry sauce can go in your carry-on as long as it's inside a clear, quart-sized bag. 
  • Casseroles and vegetable dishes are also good.

Items you will need to put in your checked bag:

  • The TSA considers mash potatoes and sweet potatoes a liquid.
  • Creamy dips and spreads should be checked.
  • Jello molds, eggnog, maple syrup and wine should be placed in your check bag.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you have everything in a tightly sealed container or else you will arrive home with your clothes wearing an entire Thanksgiving meal.

If you're still unsure, download the TSA app or reach out to @askTSA on Twitter where they will be answering questions all weekend.