Don't Take Mashed Potatoes On the Airplane

Don't Take Mashed Potatoes On the Airplane

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Don't Take Mashed Potatoes On the Airplane

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By Cari Martens

If you’re flying to Mom’s or Grandma’s for Thanksgiving, you might want to leave the leftovers behind. Seems the airport security guys consider holiday favorites like mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce to be liquids—hence, not permitted on board.

Sorry, no gravy in the cabin.

Can’t put the turkey gravy in your carry-on bag, either. The rule of thumb to use, according to the Transportation Security Administration: if it’s something spreadable, take it out of your carry-on and stuff it into your checked bag.

And you know that cute snow globe with the pilgrims and turkey dinner inside? Well, that’s a no-no carry on item, too.

Here are some of the TSA’s prohibited holiday “liquids”:

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams, and salad dressings)
  • Gravy
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • And anything drinkable, of course

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