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Can You Bring Donuts On A Plane?

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

 

Bringing Donuts On A Plane

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes

Checked Luggage:

Yes

 

 

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes*

Checked Luggage:

Yes*

 

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

 

 

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

Carry-On or Checked Luggage:

 Yes in most cases

 

 

How Long Will Donuts Last In Your Luggage?

Donuts, freshly baked:

1 to 2 days at room temperature*

 (*1 day at room temperature for cream-filled donuts)

 

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

 

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

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

Yes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow you to bring donuts through airport security in your carry-on baggage. If the donuts 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 donuts you can bring in your carry-on: You can pack as many donuts 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 jelly-filled donuts or cream-filled donuts through airport security?

Yes, the TSA will allow you to bring donuts with jelly or cream fillings through airport security, as long as they are wrapped or placed in a container with a secure lid.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

BRINGING DONUTS INTO THE UNITED STATES

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

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

Note that even though donuts 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 DONUTS LAST IN YOUR LUGGAGE?

Freshly baked donuts will usually remain safe to eat for about 1 to 2 days when stored at room temperature. Cream-filled donuts should not be stored for more than 1 day 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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