TSA has Thanksgiving travel tips for flying with food

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Is your green bean casserole in its upright and locked position?

The TSA wants to be sure.

More people than you may realize are flying with food for Thanksgiving, either pies they’re bringing for dessert — they even pack sugar and flour for making their own — as well as other ingredients like stuffing and yams.

And yes, a cooked or uncooked turkey is on the list.

While there are no formal statistics for who’s bringing what, at least four out of five people travel with some kind of food, according to Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which held an information session Wednesday at Westchester County Airport on the do’s-and-don’t’s of holiday foods traveling by air.

And yes, a cooked or uncooked turkey is on the list.

While there are no formal statistics for who’s bringing what, at least four out of five people travel with some kind of food, according to Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which held an information session Wednesday at Westchester County Airport on the do’s-and-don’t’s of holiday foods traveling by air.

Pies and pastries tend to be the number one item the TSA sees — and screens — come the holiday, followed by meats. And while a casserole isn’t always on board (pun intended), Tara Gavin, a TSA agent at Westchester County Airport sees a lot of wine bottles, canned cranberry, cornbread stuffing mix, sweet potatoes and those crunchy onions that go on top the proverbial green bean casserole. Garvin said she especially sees packed food from college students traveling back to school after the holiday.

So, what goes in your carry-on and what goes in your checked baggage?

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