Your Turkeys and Turduckens Can Fly with You, TSA Says

Here's what you need to know for your holiday journey
TSA Says Your Turkeys and Turduckens Can Fly with You
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The TSA—you know, that real fountain of joy—actually wants to make sure your Thanksgiving dinner goes off without a hitch.

The agency has posted travel guidelines for the 27.3 million passengers who will travel for the holiday. Chief among them: You can fly with your bird.

Yes, your turkey can fly. Well, turkeys can’t fly, but you can pack them in your carry-on or checked bags. If you have a live turkey, you’ll need to contact your airline about their guidelines and possible restrictions.

The agency doesn’t discriminate when it comes to turduckens:

Your delicious turducken can be packed in both carry-on and checked bags. But, there are some rules and packing tips you need to follow . . .Turduckens can be packed in dry ice for carry-on and checked bags. . . . [But] odds are a turducken in a cooler (or shipping box) might exceed your airline's carry-on size allowance, so make sure you check with them before you go to the airport.

Gravy, however, is a no go, unless you are checking luggage, as it violates the three-ounce liquid policy. (Editor’s note: Putting gravy in your suitcase, no matter how well it’s packaged, probably isn’t the wisest idea.) Meanwhile, “horns of plenty are permitted as long as they don’t have any of these food items (or weapons) within. Cakes, pies, bread, donuts, fruits, vegetables, turkeys, etc., are all allowed.”  

Finally, the agency has some advice for Pilgrims who may be hopping a flight to get home to New England for the holiday: “Large buckles can set off our metal detectors and your blunderbuss must be packed in checked bags according to our packing guidelines.”


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