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Aug 15, 2008

Frozen Food on Airplanes?

Hi Meats,Dawn here. Do you know if a person (specifically, Dane) can bring frozen foods on an airplane in a carry-on piece of luggage? Or, do you think he should check his frozen meals? How long will they remain in a frozen state?Thanks.Dawn

Dear Dawn,
I checked the TSA and FAA websites and you get the same run-a-round.....I copied what it said below. I doubt very much if they will let him on with anything that is over 3.5 oz. frozen. Their argument will be that there is over 3.5 oz. of liquid in each of the frozen containers, and they are not in clear little plastic bags! The other concern is a possible flight delay. That would allow the frozen food to thaw after a few hours unless it was packed in dry ice. It seems to me that it won't be worth the hassle to try to get the frozen food back to Philly. Just have Dane eat well while home, and buy frozen dinners, fast food or cook at his apartment when there! Thanks for the question.......I'll eat the food he can't take back with him!!!! Meats

TSA: What To Know Before You Go... Frozen gels/liquids for any other purpose are not permitted. ... This information is summarized at Back To Top. Food & Drinks. Item, Carry-on, Checked. ... - 44k


Anonymous said...

Concerning taking food on an airplane: I know a young man who regularly takes live lobsters on airplane flights. They are transported in an insulated carry-on bag, with ice bags inside to keep them cool. They have gone through security without a question asked several times!!

Anonymous said...

I just searched the FAA website. With a few additional guidelines, apparently food which is solidly frozen at check-in can pass. See the information at

Anonymous said...

I went to St. John's from ATL in May 2009 with 25 frozen steaks in a carry on fold up insulated cooler and did not have any problems. I just had to open it to show them what it was. I had it contained in individual freezer bags and wrapped in a towel. It was still frozen when I arrived in St. John's.

Anonymous said...

All food must go through the X-ray machine. Do NOT bring food to the security checkpoint unwrapped, as shown in the image on the right.

Food must be wrapped or in a container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are okay, but half-eaten fruits must be wrapped.