Remember earlier this year when a family was kicked off a flight to Las Vegas because they had brought a birthday cake on board and stored it in the overhead bin? Though the travelers and JetBlue offered widely divergent accounts of the incident, one pressing question emerged from the situation: Umm, can you actually bring a birthday cake (or another food) as a carry-on item?
Sure, cake is a solid, but the best part of the dessert (the icing) is kind of a liquid — and there sure as heck better be more than 3.5 ounces of icing on any given birthday cake. So does it pass the test?
According to the TSA website, the answer is yes! You can bring a birthday cake on your flight either as a carry-on or as an item in your checked bag.
What foods you can and cannot bring through airport security is a big question on the internet, so much so that the TSA has a Twitter and amusing Instagram where they’ll answer all of your carry-on questions. Even better yet, the TSA has a searchable portion of their website where you can see whether or not your questionable items are OK to bring on board.
Pies and cakes? Yes. Jam and jelly? Yes for a checked bag but no to a carry on if it’s over 3.4 ounces. Creamy cheese? Not if it’s over 3.4 ounces! But breast milk can be OK, so long as it is in “reasonable quantities.”
It can certainly be tricky to travel with food, gels, and beverages, especially if you don’t want to check a bag. To see 15 things you didn’t know you could bring through airport security, click here.