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Jan 23, 2007 05:13 AM

Fruits of mass destruction? travel question

I just bought over half a bushel of citrus at Robert is Here in Florida City yesterday and I'm flying back to the frigid midwest this afternoon. I woke up this morning in a panic that I wouldn't be able to bring the fruit as carry- on and I really don't have room in my checked baggage for that much fruit.

The TSA website mentions up to 3 oz of fruit jelly is ok for carry on, but nothing about fresh fruit. I would be so upset if I couldn't bring all this great fruit back. Can anyone confirm that much fresh fruit is ok for domestic carry-on?

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  1. I don't see why you can't bring fruit on a plane. I do it all the time and sometimes I will bring kimchi from maryland back to boston. HOWEVER, this was before the new regulations. Every airline is different by the way, on what you can bring and what you can store it in. For instance I think when I flew air tran, they wouldn't let me bring a disposable styrofoam container full of frozen meat on a domestic flight. They said it had to be in a plastic cooler with dry ice. On delta though, they let me bring on the disposable strofoam container full of jars of kimchi with no dry ice.

    You have to call the airline to find out whether or not you can bring it on your flight. You can throw it in a plastic box and put it in your check in luggage and maybe put half of it in a plastic bag to bring as carry on. As long as it isn't orange juice in a bottle, I'm sure you will be alright.

    1. I work for TSA and fresh fruit is not considered a prohibited item. The 3 oz or less, that's just for liquids and gels. As far as weight restrictions on your carry on bag, check with your airlines.

      1. Thanks for the replies, I had no problems at Fort Lauderdale airport. I had a really nice security agent tie up my bag a little bit tighter so my oranges and grapefruits wouldn't get loose on the conveyor belt and he wished me much enjoyment. My shoulders are sore today but I sure enjoyed that wonderful citrus last night and this morning!