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Can You Bring Crackers On A Plane?

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

 

Bringing Crackers On A Plane

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes

Checked Luggage:

Yes

 

 

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes*

Checked Luggage:

Yes*

 

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

 

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

Carry-On or Checked Luggage:

 Yes in most cases

 

 

How Long Will Crackers Last In Your Luggage?

Crackers – commercially packaged

1 to 2 months at room temperature after opening

 

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

 

BRINGING CRACKERS ON A PLANE: FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN THE U.S.A.

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

Yes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow you to bring crackers through airport security in your carry-on baggage. If the crackers are no longer in their original packaging, they should be wrapped or placed in a resealable bag or container with a secure lid. There is no limit to the quantity of crackers you can bring in your carry-on: You can pack as many crackers 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 crackers on an airplane in your checked baggage?

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

 

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

Yes, you can bring crackers 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 crackers 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 crackers through security at U.S. airports, whether you are flying domestically or internationally.

You can also bring crackers into many foreign countries. But depending on the country, they may have to be in their original packaging and unopened.  Be sure to check your foreign destination’s rules before leaving.

 

BRINGING CRACKERS INTO THE UNITED STATES

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

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

Note that even though crackers 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.

 

FOOD SAFETY: HOW LONG WILL CRACKERS LAST IN YOUR LUGGAGE?

Commercially packaged crackers will generally keep well for about 1 to 2 months after opening 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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