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Can You Bring Fried Chicken On A Plane?

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

 

Bringing Fried Chicken On A Plane

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes

Checked Luggage:

Yes

 

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes*

Checked Luggage:

Yes*

 

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

 

 

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

Carry-On or Checked Luggage:

 No in most cases

 

 

How Long Will Fried Chicken Last In Your Luggage?

Fried chicken – homemade or takeout

2 hours at room temperature

 

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

 

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

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

Yes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow you to bring fried chicken through airport security in your carry-on baggage. You can bring both homemade and takeout fried chicken through the TSA checkpoint. If the fried chicken isn’t already pre-packaged, it should be wrapped or placed in a resealable bag or container with a secure lid. There is no limit to the quantity of fried chicken you can bring in your carry-on: You can pack as much fried chicken 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 fried chicken on an airplane in your checked baggage?

Yes, you can bring fried chicken in your checked baggage when boarding a flight within the United States. You can bring as much fried chicken as you’d like in your allowable checked luggage. Pack fried chicken in containers with tight-fitting lids. Since fried chicken is perishable, you should pack it along with some ice or a frozen gel pack to keep it cold throughout the trip.

 

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

Yes, you can bring fried chicken on an international flight departing from the U.S. — but depending on where you’re going, you may not be able to bring the fried chicken off the plane once you arrive at your destination.

If your intention is to bring some fried chicken onto the plane in your carry-on baggage and eat it during the flight, you’ll have no issues. The TSA applies the same rules for allowing fried chicken through security at U.S. airports, whether you are flying domestically or internationally.

But taking the fried chicken off the plane and bringing it into a foreign country is a different matter. The rules around bringing in cooked poultry can be strict in many countries. Be sure to check your foreign destination’s rules before leaving.

 

BRINGING FRIED CHICKEN INTO THE UNITED STATES

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

In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. The United States has strict rules about allowing travelers to bring in both raw and cooked poultry.

Note also that 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) and permit them to be inspected by a CBP agent. This can be a time-consuming process. 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 FRIED CHICKEN LAST IN YOUR LUGGAGE?

Fried chicken can be kept safely for about 2 hours at room temperature. You can bring ice or a frozen gel pack to keep it colder longer. But ice or gel packs in your carry-on luggage must be completely frozen when passing through airport security — if they are even partially thawed, the TSA screeners will likely bring them from you.

 

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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