Amid the recent media frenzy over the rollout of full body scanners and invasive (to some) pat downs by the TSA comes a holiday reminder of what food you can take with you grandma’s house this holiday season.

From the TSA website

Not sure about what you can and can’t bring through the checkpoint? Here’s a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home.

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Cologne
  • Creamy dips and spreads
    (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Gift baskets with food items
    (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
  • Gravy
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Lotions
  • Maple syrup
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Perfume
  • Salad dressing
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Snowglobes
  • Soups
  • Wine, liquor and beer


Note: You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
So if you just have to bring that oh so special cake or pie with you on a plane you can relax sort of since they will be receiving special scrutiny to make sure you didn’t bake a nail file into your culinary masterpiece of that you aren’t trying to smuggle a terrorist midget on board.
I’m not sure what the additional screening method entails for cakes and pies.  Will TSA agents demand a slice?  Or will they stick their fingers in the pie hole to make sure it’s genuine?  Or even batter heat it up in a special TSA microwave to make sure it doesn’t explode or ensures that it will kills any living organism that might be inside?
The possibilities are endless and fruitless.
That reminds me how many fruitcakes will bring fruitcakes on a plane this year?