9 Easy Snacks to Take Through Airport Security Without Getting Arrested

I often find myself second guessing what I can actually take through airport security. I get the no guns, no fireworks, no sharp-pointy-things, but food just seems like one of those things that I can't ever remember what I am allowed to take through. Even when I have taken food through, I felt like I was about to get jumped, searched, and hauled off to some scary room. Thankfully, that hasn't happened yet!

As many of you travel, I wanted to share some easy snacks that you can feel confident in taking through the airport.

You can bring your own food from home to eat in the airport & on the plane.

The TSA's only restrictions on food are: 

  • All food must go through the X-ray machine. Do NOT bring food to the security checkpoint unwrapped.
  • Food must be wrapped or in a container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are okay, but half-eaten fruits must be wrapped.
    (according to the  TSA Website)

Here are some snacks you can easily take through security:

  1. Sandwiches – (wrapped)
  2. Fruit – (Bananas, Apples, Oranges, etc.)
  3. Firm Cheese – (wrapped)
  4. Granola Bars
  5. Pretzels
  6. Cookies
  7. Pastries
  8. Gum
  9. Chips

There are some weird things you can't take past security, so beware of the liquid and gel-like items you may be tempted to take with your food.

An Example –

An unwrapped cheeseburger with fries and a big container of ketchup would not be allowed past security because;

a) The food is not wrapped.

b) Ketchup is a gel.

Finally, there are a few things to steer clear of bringing with you on your trip. Keep these at home, or prepare to let the TSA enjoy them on their next break.

Don't take these through security:

  • Gravy (white or dark)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Salad Dressings
  • Oils & Vinegars
  • Salsa (don't dance through security either)
  • Jams & Jellies
  • Wine, Liquor, &  Beer

While there is never a guarantee that some rogue TSA agent won't give you a hard time trying to take those delicious apples or pretzels to your gate, according to the letter of the law, you're allowed. If you find a TSA agent that needs some extra Showiteer Love, make their day with a smile and maybe your best joke.

What joke would you tell a grumpy TSA agent?


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