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can i bring a yogurt cup on board an airplane

I am flying a short 1 hour flight to Manchester, NH from DC...I want to bring a total greek yogurt on board...can I

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  1. I don't think so. It would be considered a liquid or a gel and it's certainly more than 3 ounces. You can always try, but I'd be prepared to have it confiscated.

    1. i dont know...you cant? cmon...i havent flown in one and half years, but yogurt would be a no-go? even all seeled up and all??? that sucks if its the case - specially since i just found and fell in love pretty hard for fage yogurts and goats milk yogurt from http://www.redwoodhill.com/yogurt_nut...
      redwood hill farms. awesoem stuff , actually has that tang that we all love from goat's milk yogurt.

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      1. re: ben61820

        even if it's sealed they'll throw it out. a lot has changed in 1.5 years. actually they relaxed the rules a little. for a while, they were throwing everything out, anything that remotely resembled a gel or liquid.

        1. re: choctastic

          Concur. Wife had a sealed clear jar of pumpkin butter with a density akin to cheese. They wouldn't let her bring it thru as a carry-on, which then required her to re-check it and her luggage...

      2. I just flew yesterday from SFO to London to Mumbai, and they were pretty strict on the gels. My flight to Dallas the week before which was national seemed just as strict. Its a bummer as I would bring some great gourmet meals for my international flights :-(

        Your airline website should have a link to TSA which updates the no-no list

        gatun in India

        1. That would be no, unless you purchased it at the terminal past the security check point... which means that you will be paying an arm and a leg for it.

          1. No. I asked when I was flying in December and was told unless it's under 3oz, I couldn't carry it on board.

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            1. re: cheryl_h

              so, the weight is the crucial thing here?

              1. re: ben61820

                Correct. From http://www.massport.com/logan/insid_s... ...

                All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in a three ounce or smaller containers.
                Containers must be placed in a one quart-size, clear, plastic, zip-top bag and must be removed from your carry-on and placed in the security bin.
                Only one zip-top bag is permitted per traveler.

                BK

                1. re: ben61820

                  Yes, as BJK says. I looked at the various sizes in my stores and even the small cups were around 4oz or more. There's a yogurt that comes in tubes which may be under 3 oz.

              2. I am a business traveler and fly 3 weeks out of the month. I cannot tell you all the stuff that I see that gets thrown out b/c the gel/liquid consistency item is over the 3 items AND is not in a quart size ziploc bag. If you really want to have your yogurt w/you on the flight, I suggest getting a 3 ounce container plastic container and putting the yogurt in it and then putting it in your quart size baggie.. Mind you, 3 oz of yogurt is pretty much a couple of spoonfuls so it may not be worth the effort to bring it on such a short flight. Good luck!

                1. My guess is that in most major airports, you can buy a cup of yogurt in one of the stores past the security checkpoint. May not be Total Greek, but still yougurt which is better than anything they'll serve you inflight. Go for it...without worrying. :)

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                  1. re: Justpaula

                    I agree this would be your best bet. To say that security is pretty strict these days.would be an understatement.

                  2. what if your diabetic dont see how they can regulate that?

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                    1. re: billjriv

                      Having yogurt is a not a dietary requirement for a duration of a flight. No medical requirement whatsoever.

                    2. put down the yogurt and back away slowly ma'am....we're not kidding....baaaack.......

                      1. I was just flying last week, and we had yogurt taken away. It's not legal.

                        1. Open the yoghurt, decant into two three-ounce-or-less containers, and then place in the 1-qt zipped bag...I've taken more than one each of those .75 ounce toothpastes and the 1.2 ounce lotions/shampoos that you acquire in hotels and have never had a problem. Just be sure that everything fits easily in that darn 1-qt bag! Here's the official TSA list, which does say yoghurt is ok, just 3 ounce container!
                          http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrave...

                          1. I have had yogurt taken from me at a couple of airports. It's still a no-no (as is olive tapenade or buffalo mozzerla, in case you're wondering).

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                            1. Bingo. I just re-read the OP's question. Between the plane's ascent and descent, that's barely a half-hour in which to worry about hunger...

                              1. My GOSH !!! Not a deadly yogurt cup !!!

                                Just think... germ warfare (the active yogurt cultures)
                                eco-terrorism (the plastic)
                                deadly weapon (the spoon)
                                vandalism (fling the yogurt on the floor)
                                second deadly weapon (the sharp edge of the container)

                                and don't even THINK about fruit yogurts.......
                                the list goes on and on......

                                1. I just had my greek plain yogurt confiscated. It's considered a "liquid" at Portland Oregon.Unfortunately for me plain greek yogurt isnt sold in airports. However, I flew in April out of Bradley and they allowed it.

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                                  1. re: Yoisme

                                    Why are you putting quotation marks around the word "liquid"? You can either consider yogurt to be a thick liquid or an opaque gel. The consistency of yogurt is no different from dozens of face/body creams or hair products that everyone accepts must be limited to 3 ounces and fit inside a quart-sized baggie.

                                    As for being able to bring your outside yogurt through security at the Windsor Locks, CT airport, applaud your good luck that TSA let you break the rules there. Now, ask yourself why you persist in trying break the rules when the restriction against more than three ounces of a liquid/gel is well known?

                                    You have a couple of choices:
                                    o eat your plain Greek yogurt outside security
                                    o eat whatever flavor yogurt is sold inside security/on the plane

                                    1. re: Indy 67

                                      It is also considered a liquid in the medical field when tracking a patient's intake, as is ice cream and pudding.

                                    2. re: Yoisme

                                      I have a 50/50 success rate in and out of nyc area airports. I put the sealed yogurt cup in the bottom of my carryon which gets scanned, so seperate baggie or whatever. If they find it and care then that's that and its tossed but half the time it goes unmentioned. Which may not be reasurring but at 5am there arent many bfast options in the airport aside from a vending machine so i risk it.

                                        1. re: Cathy

                                          Your comment can be read two ways:

                                          To the folks who are feel they're entitled to ignore the liquid rules, it's not reassuring to them that they'll lose half the time.

                                          To the folks who accept they have limits on their actions, in this case carrying liquids on board flights, it's not reassuring that the TSA is so inept at doing their jobs. After all, no one truly cares if people are actually carrying yogurt on board. However, I've got to believe everyone cares deeply that TSA negligence opens the door for people carrying potentially harmful substances on board. (The fact that these misses are occurring out of NYC airports is especially depressing.)

                                          1. re: Indy 67

                                            The second way; that statement was another reassurance to terrorists that explosives looking like liquids can get past security. It also gave some details, such as early hours and NYC area airports. Not reassuring.

                                            The whole entitlement thought is another subject that has not much to do with reassurance; it's so rare to see people having consideration for anyone other than themselves that I've turned into my parents and just shake my head, hoping that someday when they are mature they will understand. I'm able to plan ahead and bring something allowable from home to carry onboard a plane; I follow rules and am oh so uncool.

                                            1. re: Indy 67

                                              While these are TSA standards on this front, different countries/different airports all have so many different criteria that the stuff making it through various airports/planes is pretty diverse.

                                              About a year ago I was flying from Tel Aviv to the US with a layover in NYC. During the NYC 'rescan' 2 corkscrews that I had completely forgot about were found in my bags. When the TSA guys learned that those corkscrews had made it through Tel Aviv security in my carryon bags, they just gave me this horrified look.

                                              I wasn't trying to sneak 2 corkscrews around with me for sure, but they were there and totally made it through an airport that definitely credits itself with having a very high standard of security. If we want to be worried about stuff, yogurt would not be where I'd be starting.

                                              1. re: cresyd

                                                I'm not worried about yogurt. I'm saddened by a society that increasingly seems to put personal preference ahead of common courtesy and the common good. You weren't trying to sneak two corkscrews past security. This is in contrast to folks who are publicly complaining they should be allowed to bring in something that is prohibited in quantity, because they want to do so for reasons that they find compelling.

                                                I am worried -- worried about incompetent TSA inspectors. I want those TSA inspectors to spot liquids/gels over three ounces because I really want them to be capable of spotting the truly threatening.

                                                1. re: Indy 67

                                                  Naturally, there isn't any TSA at general aviation at all.

                                                  Therefore the rich are allowed to put themselves above the common good, and never need to wait in line. They're also capable of taking as many explosives onboard as they'd like.

                                                  PS. The scanning of packages is also pretty dire, and you might be riding on the "milk and butter run". (plenty of liquids there).

                                                  1. re: Chowrin

                                                    Just curious: What's the typical passenger load for the planes that fly into the General Aviation airports?

                                                    What follows isn't about packages per se, but flying out of Minneapolis recently, we got caught at the scanners behind an employee who was wheeling a huge pallet of water and sodas through security to re-stock concession stands in the gate area. The procedure he had to follow was quite elaborate: The TSA employees removed several flats of water/soda from the big stacks. Then, they slit open the pristine plastic around each flat and randomly removed two or three bottles from each. (I noticed that they removed bottles from different positions for each flat.) The flats were brought to a table beyond the scanners and held while the individual bottles were tested the way all medical liquids are tested. Those tested bottles were re-united with the appropriate flat. The process was repeated until every flat on the pallet had had at least two bottles tested.

                                                    1. re: Indy 67

                                                      Depends. You can be flying a jet (think AirForce 1), or you can be flying a Cesna.

                                                      But how many passengers there are, is pretty irrelevant.

                                                      The point is the pilots are relatively unregulated. And flying planes into buildings is relatively easy, just ask Austin.

                                                  2. re: Indy 67

                                                    Well, in the spirit of sharing - there is a "rule" I have broken. Also on flights from Tel Aviv to NYC (not flights from Tel Aviv to any other city in the world, and not flights from the US to any other city abroad that I'm aware of) - you're not allowed to take a filled water bottle on the plane. This isn't at security screening, but rather when you walk onto the plane the flight attendants as if you have any full water bottled and to leave dispose of them. They will kind of look into your bags, but not thoroughly.

                                                    Once you get onboard, you can ask the flight attendant for single serving cups of water - but they won't give you a bottle of water "per regulations". The flight from Tel Aviv to the US is long and I dehydrate easily on flights. I don't understand why this regulation has been put into place for this specific flight. It's never been explained to me, and when this was an issue in my life I was only making one round trip flight a year and so never remembered enough to try and perhaps get a doctor's note or explore the matter further.

                                                    If there is a common good for not enabling people to have their own bottled fluids just on flights between the US and Tel Aviv - I have no idea what it is. And because I don't know what it is, I never felt bad tucking a full water bottle at the bottom of a bag. The common good does go both ways, and if we're not told why this is/isn't in the best interest of security - then people will just think about themselves.

                                                    1. re: cresyd

                                                      Cresyd -- It's not just that Tel Aviv flight. Just back from Costa Rica (where I go periodically), and they don't check liquids at the security line (none of that 3oz in a baggy thing), but as you board the plane do a bag search and you can't bring bottles of water etc on board. I also need major hydration when I fly -- I'm still nursing the resulting headache. Those little plastic cups don't get me enough, and I feel bad piling up the empty ones, too.

                                                      The search was fairly cursory, I was thinking I probably could have snuck in a bottle at the bottom of my bigger carry-on, but they might have caught it (and it would have been hard for me to get it out once on the plane). People were emptying their bottles into a trash can, since so many are used to the U.S. type security where you can bring in something you bought or filled post-security. And there's no warning until you're in the tunnel thing walking to the plane and suddenly there's tables with security guys opening your bags.
                                                      Wonder if they would have allowed yogurt through?

                                                      I guess in Tel Aviv they check liquids at security and then again at the gate but just for that one flight?

                                                      1. re: mselectra

                                                        Interesting to hear about the Costa Rica issue - all I know about the Tel Aviv situation (and find odd) is that flights from Tel Aviv to Europe do not have this restriction.

                                                        The way security work is that yes, they do the 3oz check at security and then if you bought a bottle of water or had an empty bottle through security and then filled at a drinking fountain - those are asked to be disposed. The check is very cursory and once on the flight, the flight attendants have never been remotely bothered by a bottle's presence.

                                                        The one time I did lose my bottle of water, after I was seated I asked the flight attendant if it was at all possible to get a bottle of water or a couple mini bottles. He said no, I then asked for a glass of water. He then "snuck" me a liter bottle of water to have for myself and told me that it was against regulations to do that, but the restrictions just made more work for the attendants.

                                                        The whole exchange was weird, and if there was some genuine security reason for the ban it definitely didn't educate me on that. If you're going to ask me to go 11+ hours and only be able to get a drink when I ask for it - you're need to give me a solid reason why.

                                                        1. re: cresyd

                                                          I meant to say, too, that although it's hard for me to go the four hours from Costa Rica without enough water, your much longer flight from Tel Aviv sounds awful and would be a (admittedly not major) health concern for me, at least. I wonder if you could get an exception with a doctor's note. Not planning a trip to Tel Aviv in the foreseeable future, but I might ask my doctor if I ever do.

                                                          I do think that, considering the variations in security protocols in different countries, C.R.'s airport should at least have signs explaining (which they don't anywhere that I saw), especially since they've got so many tourists of many different nationalities coming through there. This time I hydrated like crazy before leaving for the airport. Next time I'll ask a flight attendant to fill my bottle, see what happens. One did bring me water even before take-off and didn't seem thrown by being asked.

                                                          Really not about food, but, my worst somewhat related experience was when I had, as usual, majorly hydrated before boarding a plane that, get this, had no lavatory (and no warning ahead of time that there wouldn't be). It was a short hop in a little plane, but at some point I realized I couldn't make it. There were no flight attendants, so I had to go up to ask the co-pilot (!) what to do. He was sympathetic and had an emergency solution for me. Actually, I think I should end the story there. ;)

                                                          1. re: mselectra

                                                            Wow - no toilet......

                                                            Honestly, I don't know what the doctor's note would/wouldnt' do because I don't know why the ban on water exists. That being said, it might get the flight attendants to be more sympathetic in either filling a water bottle up or giving you your own bottle of water.

                                                          2. re: cresyd

                                                            Really? Having to ask for a beverage -- and then getting it - is now some sort of inconvenience? If anything, I find that snacks/meals on overseas flights are almost too frequent. And if I have to press a button to ask for water, then I'm still not sure where the inconvenience lies.

                                                            1. re: ferret

                                                              During an 11 hour flight, a lot of the issues I find are more about sleeping. And so if you have a bottle of water with you, it's possible to be half asleep, drink some water, and go back to sleep vs calling the flight attendant, asking for water, waiting for water, and then trying to go back to sleep. If this doesn't sound inconvenient to you - then you sleep far smoother on planes than myself.

                                                              11 hours in coach can be unpleasant enough as it is. Now, if I was told a reason why this had to be implemented, and I could bring a doctor's note to address my hydration concerns (similar to individuals who need to travel with hypodermic needles for health reasons) or just ask attendants for lots of water throughout - I would understand. But for something that seems arbitrary and has always been presented to me as a "just cause" reason, I don't feel bad for my choice.

                                                          3. re: mselectra

                                                            fly jetblue. free soda as much as you want!

                                                    2. re: Indy 67

                                                      I only even take the yogurt when as i said its a very early flight before any concession stands are open- but there are most certainly inconsistencies with security out of LGA and JFK

                                              2. It must be killer to be deprived of yogurt for an entire hour.

                                                1. Most major airports now have concessionaires that sell yogurt, yes incl. even Greek Yogurt (Fage, Chobani, etc.), past security.

                                                  I know from personal experience I've seen it at JFK, EWR, LAX, IAD, SFO and probably a few others I'm forgetting.

                                                  Just suck it up, pay the 50% price premium. And be done with it.

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                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Except for when its 5am and none of those concession stands are open.... (They open around 6-6:30 which is when many early flights are taking off)

                                                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                      Are there really commuter flights (along the eastern seaboard) that take off at 5 a.m.?

                                                      As an aside, not that it really matters, but I got a cup of Fage Greek Yogurt on my Delta flight this morning. Which, not surprisingly, made me think of this thread ...

                                                      Carry on, nothing to see here. Dead horses don't need anymore beating.

                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                        My flights to CA board at 6am, so i'm there by 5am or so, not a commuter flight per se. Nice that delta has fage! I'm a united flier myself for domestic travel most of the time, nothing worth eating beyond the pretzel packets... If all goes well i'm asleep anyhow

                                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                          I'm a United person myself. (SFO-EWR, EWR-LAX, EWR-SAN)

                                                          I actually like the United breakfasts. The cheese omelets are kind of gross, but they do have Yoplait Greek yogurt and generally a good selection of cereal/granola, as well as fresh fruits. The steak option for dinner is rather well-prepared, as well.

                                                          In the past year, Delta has really improved their food/beverage service, esp. for lunch and dinner. Several years ago they were atrocious, now I think they are one of the best domestic airlines in that department.

                                                  2. Cocoa girl inquired if she could bring a yogurt on board. The answer is that she can't, unless she goes through the trouble of splitting it. So she can save a dollar because she would have to toss hers before she goes through security. Or she can buy one when she pases security if she wants to. I didn't perceive her question as about anxiety about traveling without a cup of yogurt. Just a question about if it is possible.

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                                                    1. re: Leslie

                                                      Cocoa girl posted in 2007 when the TSA regs were less ingrained. She was legitimately uncertain and, as you've written, asked for guidance. While that might have been the purpose of the 2007 post, the current posts don't share that point of view. Each unhappy yogurt eater knows the regulations. (One disagrees with labeling yogurt as a liquid. One puts the offending yogurt cup at the bottom of her carry on to hamper detection.) The recent posters simply want to be able to do what they want to do.

                                                      I've made my points so I'll leave this thread for others to pick up the banner.