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AirTravel with Deli Provisions

Every year, I travel to Boston to watch the NCAA tourney with my friends. I always bring a heaping bag of provisions from my local Italian deli in Brooklyn: prosciutto, salami, marinated veggies, the works. I usually take the train or a bus. This year, I've found a very convenient and inexpensive flight. My only problem? I've never taken food like this on a plane. Can I carry it all on? My special concern is for the fresh mozzarella. Would this FAA consider this a gel?

Does anyone have any helpful techniques for bringing perishable food on a quick, 1-hr flight? I'd like to avoid checking my delicacies at all costs.

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  1. Is your fresh mozzarella in liquid? If so, I think TSA will limit you to 3oz and require that it be placed in a separate 1 qt. plastic bag. The deli meats should be fine. I don't know about the marinated veggies. Drain off the liquid if you decide to take it on board.

    I've never had any trouble packing food in my checked luggage.

    1. I have seen a woman have her jars of marinated mushrooms taken from her at security. Just a heads up.

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      1. re: manraysky

        i had a bottle of preserves purchased at a farmers market confiscated. i wanted to carry on to avoid a risk of breakage. thought this was going too far with the security.

        1. re: MarkG

          As the guy in the seat next to you I applaud all the actions taken to keep us safe in the air. If you want the preserves there are ways to transport, either in the cargo or mail it.

          I would rather all of us be safe than some of us eat some jelly.

      2. I have had fresh mozz taken from me (it was drained just before the flight, I intended to eat it onboard. However, it was leaving Degaulle. Are you flying out of LGA or JFK? and on which airline. LGA domestic flights you probably will be okay if it's drained- but the trade off of draining it, of course, is that you'll have to eat it pretty pronto after landing. Your marinated veggies are a risk too, if they are in oil or vinegar. I would seriously consider checking it -- use the travelling boxes they have at wine stores now -- they're seriously strong, and if placed inside a suitcase, can be deguised.

        1. These rules only apply to carry-on hand baggage. So you have no choice; check it all and you'll be fine.

          Have fun.

          - Sean

          1. Can you just wait and get the stuff at an Italian Deli in Boston, there are many excellent ones.

            1. Why wouldn't you check them, they'd be better of in cargo, anyway, where the temp is colder (but well above actual freezing.)

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              1. re: MikeG

                Well, I suppose I could check them. I guess it's the business traveler in me that shudders at checking luggage for such a quick flight. But it might be my only option.

                As for getting the stuff up in Boston, I agree that might make more sense but this is more tradition than anything else.

              2. Its not worth the stress... there are tons of good italian delis in boston... north end, west newton, waltham,