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?

While the media is fixated on the TSA naked body scanners as they are calling them very few people are paying attention to the lack of screening of airport workers.

As someone who flies 35,000 plus miles a year I am not fan of the TSA security features and I have underwent the full body scanner at Heathrow this summer and while it may be an invasion of my privacy on the one hand it is one of those necessary evils that we have to face if we want to have some peace of mind when traveling.

But if airport workers who have access to secure areas that normal passengers never see plus virtually all aspects of an airplane aren’t being given the same security check as a 3 -year old then we have a real problem.

Just remember the price of freedom is eternal vigilance .

For more on this read the  comments by pilots on what they fear.