Can You Bring Pie On A Plane? The Foods You Can And Can't Carry On This Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2019

Editor's note: This story first ran Nov. 19, 2018.

Don't be surprised if you see a passenger or two pull out a pie, a casserole or even a whole turkey while being screened at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport. TSA has rules for that.

Yes, Turkeys Can Fly

Regional Spokesman Mark Howell says anything you can spread, spray, pump or pour will likely have to go into your checked luggage. "Your solid foods are going to be fine to take through," he says. "It you're taking turkey, some casserole, pies are OK through the screening security checkpoint. What you need to think about are those liquid-based items, your gravies."

If you are not sure, you can take a picture of the dish ahead of time and send it to "Ask TSA" on Facebook Messenger.

Remember, you can't carry on knives or wine. Both have to be checked.

Friday started the busy holiday travel season. An estimated 123,000 passengers are expected to be screened at CVG.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Friday Started The Holiday Travel Season

CVG will screen an estimated 123,000 passengers this holiday season. TSA's Howell projected 14,000 people a day would fly out this past weekend. The next busiest time is the weekend after Thanksgiving. He suggests getting to the airport two hours before your plane leaves; three hours if the flight is international.

Helping people just a little big quicker is this CT scanner. But there is only one right now at CVG.

Olivia and George Williams flew into CVG on Friday morning before the rush. They were coming to celebrate the 16th birthday of their twin granddaughters.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU