Can You Bring Bagels On A Plane?


Can you bring bagels on an airplane? Are the rules different for domestic and international flights? And just how long will bagels remain safe to eat when packed in your luggage? Read on for the answers.


Bringing Bagels On A Plane

Can You Bring Bagels on Domestic Flights Within the U.S.A.?

Carry-On Baggage:


Checked Luggage:




Can You Bring Bagels on International Flights Originating in the U.S.A?

Carry-On Baggage:


Checked Luggage:



*You can bring bagels on board and consume them during the flight. But you might not be able to bring bagels into your foreign destination (see details below).



Can You Bring Bagels Into The U.S.A. on an International Flight?

Carry-On or Checked Luggage:

 Yes in most cases



How Long Will Bagels Last In Your Luggage?

Bagels, freshly baked:

1 to 3 days at room temperature


Sources: Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,



Can you bring bagels through airport security in your carry-on baggage?

Yes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow you to bring bagels through airport security in your carry-on baggage. If the bagels aren’t already packaged, they should be wrapped or placed in a resealable bag or container with a secure lid. There is no limit to the quantity of bagels you can bring in your carry-on: You can pack as many bagels as you’d like and will fit into your allowable hand luggage.


Read more: Here are the foods you can bring through airport security


Can you bring bagels with cream cheese through airport security?

The TSA will typically allow a bagel spread with cream cheese to pass through airport security. (Likewise for bagels spread with butter or peanut butter. A bagel with lox or smoked salmon will also pass through airport security.)

But if you want to bring along a separate container of cream cheese, it will have to be a small one: Cream cheese falls under the TSA’s “3-1-1 liquids rule”, which requires that all liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage be stored in 3.4-ounce or smaller containers, all of which must fit into one quart-sized plastic bag.


Can you bring bagels on an airplane in your checked baggage?

Yes, you can bring bagels in your checked baggage when boarding a flight within the United States. You can bring as many bagels as you’d like in your allowable checked luggage. To prevent bagels from getting crushed, pack them sturdy containers with tight-fitting lids.


Can you bring bagels on an international flight leaving the U.S.A.?

Yes, you can bring bagels on an international flight departing from the U.S., either in your carry-on baggage or your checked luggage. If your intention is to bring the bagels onto the plane in your carry-on baggage and eat them during the flight, you’ll have no issues. The TSA applies the same rules for allowing bagels through security at U.S. airports, whether you are flying domestically or internationally.

You can also bring bagels into many foreign countries. But some countries may restrict or prohibit homemade bagels — Mexico, for instance, does not allow most homemade food into the country. Be sure to check your foreign destination’s rules before leaving.



Can you bring bagels on an international flight back into the U.S.A.?

Yes, the United States generally allows travelers to bring bagels into the U.S. when arriving on a flight from a foreign country.

Note that even though bagels are typically allowed, you must declare all foods that you bring into the United States — whether they are allowable or not — to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The penalties for failing to declare your food items can be steep; bear in mind also that the CBP routinely conducts random screenings for arriving passengers.



Freshly baked bagels will usually remain safe to eat for about 1 to 3 days when stored at room temperature.


Note: While the above information is based on applicable Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) guidelines at the time of publication, the final decision for whether to allow a food item through airport security or into the United States rests with the TSA and CBP officers on duty at the airport. Regulations also change frequently: For the latest information, check the US Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration websites.

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