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Can I bring hummus on a plane?? Please help!!

i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 29, 2010 11:47 AM

I just got these "Sabra to go" cups of hummus with pretzels to bring on an airplane trip, so confident was I that hummus is not a prohibited substance. But now after some googling I'm having second thoughts. Is hummus in the same league as peanut butter or yogurt and thus verboten in quantities over 3 oz?

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    akq Mar 29, 2010 01:31 PM

    My hummus got confiscated at SEATAC. TSA said that anything "spreadable or pourable" is a liquid or gel and prohibited over the 3oz deal. Total bummer.

    1. Lightsuprooms Mar 29, 2010 12:04 PM

      As a TSA employee, I can tell you, if the hummus is over 3.4 fl. oz. they can NOT go, if under that amount they can go.. they are a paste and that rules them out as part of your liquid carry-on.

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      1. re: Lightsuprooms
        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 29, 2010 12:13 PM

        Thank you so much for replying. The hummus part of the package (it comes in two separable parts) is 3.5 oz, so I guess I will be eating my hummus and pretzels at 4:30 am before going through security. :)

        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
          soxchik Mar 29, 2010 12:31 PM

          I'm not sure if this is an option, but can you buy some bread and make a hummus sandwich? I've brought those on board without issue in the past.

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
            goodhealthgourmet Mar 29, 2010 01:20 PM

            if you happen to have a couple of small plastic containers handy, just divide the hummus into two smaller portions and transfer. or - and i know this sounds kind of odd but it will work - plastic baggies. just double them or seal VERY well to prevent leakage.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 29, 2010 03:17 PM

              The plastic bag idea is an interesting one, and probably more space-efficient (given that I'm assuming this has to go in the quart size bag with my other gels/liquids) than the smallest plastic Gladware containers I have. I think I might do that, actually. Then I can just kind of squeeze it out onto the pretzels. I'm so glad there are kindred spirits who understand my hummus dilemma and don't think I'm insane... my boyfriend doesn't think it's worth the trouble.

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