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Can You Bring Granola Bars On A Plane?

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

 

Bringing Granola Bars On A Plane

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes

Checked Luggage:

Yes

 

 

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

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes*

Checked Luggage:

Yes*

 

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

 

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

Carry-On or Checked Luggage:

 Yes in most cases

 

 

How Long Will Granola Bars Last In Your Luggage?

Granola Bars - commercially packaged:

6 to 8 months at room temperature

Granola Bars - baked, homemade:

2 to 3 weeks at room temperature

 

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

 

TAKING GRANOLA BARS ON A PLANE: FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN THE U.S.A.

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

Yes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow you to bring granola bars through airport security in your carry-on baggage. You can bring both commercially packaged and homemade granola bars through the TSA checkpoint. If the granola bars aren’t already pre-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 granola bars you can bring in your carry-on: You can pack as many granola bars 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 granola bars on an airplane in your checked baggage?

Yes, you can bring granola bars in your checked baggage when boarding a flight within the United States. You can bring as many granola bars as you’d like in your allowable checked luggage.

 

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

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

You can also bring granola bars into many foreign countries. But depending on the country, they may have to be in their original packaging and unopened. Some countries may also restrict or prohibit homemade granola bars — Mexico, for instance, does not allow most homemade food into the country. Be sure to check your foreign destination’s rules before leaving.

 

BRINGING GRANOLA BARS INTO THE UNITED STATES

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

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

Note that even though granola bars 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 GRANOLA BARS LAST IN YOUR LUGGAGE?

Commercially packaged granola bars will generally keep well for about 6 to 8 months when stored at room temperature. Homemade, baked granola bars will usually remain safe to eat for about 2 to 3 weeks 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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