Thanksgiving leftovers that are (and aren't) allowed on your flight home

Ever wonder if you could bring a butternut squash in your carry-on while flying?

Probably not, but the Transportation Security Administration wants all passengers flying Thanksgiving week to know exactly which holiday staples -- including said squash -- are allowed on planes.

Traveling with Thanksgiving leftovers: Dos and Don'ts
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Traveling with Thanksgiving leftovers: Dos and Don'ts


Gravy can't travel home with you.

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Let's start with the main course: the turkey. The TSA says you can actually bring it along in your carry-on.

However, if your turkey is packed with ice in a cooler, that ice needs to be totally frozen when it's screened. If not, it's considered a liquid and won't be allowed.

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If you're a fan of turducken -- a chicken stuffed in a duck wedged inside a turkey -- that's also allowed in a carry-on bag.

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Stuffing can pass through TSA security checkpoints.

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Lettuce can pass through TSA security checkpoints.

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Any kind of pie can pass through TSA security checkpoints -- just know that some pies might need additional screening.

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Mashed Potatoes

The TSA considers the instant potato flakes to be a solid, so that's okay to take on board.

However, already-made mashed potatoes needs to be packed in a checked bag because it's considered a gel.

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Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables -- like squash, cranberries and green beans -- are only allowed in carry-on luggage if they're in solid form.

However, if you get them in a can that's larger than 3.4 ounces, you better put it in your checked bag or ship it.

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The takeaway here is this: If you can spread or spill a food item, then the TSA will most likely consider it a liquid, and you shouldn't try to bring it on a plane.

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