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Feb 20, 2007 07:53 AM

Food carry on rules

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 avoid the whipped cream.

        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
            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: