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Food carry on rules

  • Velma Feb 20, 2007 07:53 AM

I thought I understood the new airline carry on rules but I'm pretty distressed as I haven't traveled since this all changed. If I understand this correctly, the next time I go to Dallmayr's in Munich and buy pastries or cakes, I cannot carry them on for travel back to the US??? This could be a disaster if they have to survive in my suitcase. Somebody please tell me how my black forest torte could be a security threat. This is not good. Any tips on packing them for suitcase survival?

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  1. I can't imagine that would be a problem to carry it on. Why?
    I think you've been fed some misinformation.

    1. You can not carry liquids or gels that are more than 3oz in size thru security. You may purchase veverages, for example, at one of the food places and take on the plane without any problem. Toothpaste etc has to be 3oz or less and put in a clear, zip lock plastic bag and removed from your carryon at the xray station. You shouldn't have any trouble bring cakes, cheese, etc thru security. I flew in late January with fresh fruit, nuts and dried fruit in my carryon without any trouble at all.

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      1. re: dfrostnh

        These are the current regulations when travelling within the US. Regulations in Europe are different, and yes, they may take your pastries from you when you pass through security (my mom learned this the hard way on a recent trip to Italy and England). The best thing to do is to go to the official website of the airport you will be travelling through, or to call your airline directly, especially when travelling internationally.

      2. Enforcement varies widely across airports and even screeners. The best thing to do is check out the TSA website and perhaps even e-mail them before your trip. If you've got written proof from the TSA that you're cakes are allowed, the screeners might cut you some slack...and if you get in to trouble ask for an actual TSA agent.

        Here is a link to some current food rules...so avoid the whipped cream.

        http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrave...

        1. It depends. My sister's peanut butter got confiscated because it was a "gel." They missed mine. I got through security with a box of Pierre Marcolini chocolates. My sister did too, but only after being asked if they had liquid centers!

          1. The rules are pretty logical. Screeners can't make exceptions because they think you means no harm. They have to treat everyone equally. Would you really want it any other way?
            This is a pretty good shorthand expanation from a recent Washsington Post article:
            "Transportation Security Administration officials can't list everything, says spokeswoman Amy Kudwa, so here's the rule of thumb: "If you can pour it, pump it, spray it, squeeze it, spread it, smear it or spill it," then you probably can't take it on board unless it fits in a three-ounce container and is placed in one quart-size plastic bag with a zip top. She adds, "If in doubt, leave it out." For further details, and to learn about exceptions for such things as baby food and contact lens solution, go to http://www.tsa.gov/.
            You can, by the way, bring on board liquids and gels, including bottles of water or containers of yogurt, bought inside the secure area of a U.S. airport."

            The entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

            1. There was a similar thread a few months ago about what is/what is not allowed:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35390...

              1. Let's remember that it is the Aviation Authority that issues the rules for the screeners. Although the responses are more or less spot on they relate to the FAA and American Airports, they may not answer your question. Since you are flying out of Munich you should check with the airlinefor the German "FAA" rules for security which may be different than the US.

                You may also try googling for these rules. During the height of the post-London events I flew out of a half dozen different international airports and each was different.

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                1. re: jfood

                  If you fly from overseas to the US and leave that airport, all is well.
                  If you have to catch a connecting flight however after clearing US Customs, you're on the home field and US rules apply when you recheck your bags through security. The bottle of duty-free Scotch you bought at the London airport can be carried on the plane, but when you change planes in Newark, you're out of luck.

                  1. re: MakingSense

                    That's a great point. Those of us who do not "connect" in JFK or EWR but just go home sometimes forget that you need to gather your bags, go to the connecting terminal and go through the security process again including the 3-3-1 scenario.

                2. your torte should be able to carried on ( I am assuming it's a solid and a liquid centre is not what makes it special). I can bring Stage Deli cheesecake in my carryon still.

                  that being said, if it's a standard torte i..e about 1.5" thick and fairly firm, it wouldn't be hard to pack it. The way I would do it is to wrap it in saran wrap -then tin foil. Then put a firm pieces of thick cardboard on the top and bottom -- make sure the cardboard about the same size as the torte i.e. hanging over the edge no more than 0.5cm. Then securely tape the two cardboard pieces together. so that they sandwich the torte.

                  place the 'sandwich' in the middle of your suitcase on top of a flat/soft bed of clothes, surrounded by pressure absorbing items like shoes, and again, topped with a flat soft bed of clothes. Breakage will occure from uneven pressure being applied to part of the torte. The soft bed of clothes on top and bottom should protect from squashage. If you were really really intent on bring it back and could spare the space, the inflatable air bags that amazon.com uses would be great to protect it further, especially from top/bottom squash-age. Make sure the torte is away from all corners / edges of the bag.

                  1. Thanks everybody for the advice! I will be in London soon well before I travel to Munich so I might practice packing a cake for suitcase travel and see how well it holds up. It will sort of be my test cake!

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                    1. re: Velma

                      How are you Velma? Thanks for the clearer picture of the car. Hilarious!

                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                        The car was unbelievable and I just happened to have my camera-it was my lucky day! I went for my first Sushi meal and was so psyched with all the information my fellow Chowhounders provided. We had a Bento box with...breaded pork loin. So close and yet so far. However, we also had miso soup, a salad with ginger dressing, rice with a red/orange colored spicy mayonnaise, asian marinated vegetables, and some fruit. It was out of this world. I ate all that and left the pork which was nothing special.