That black hole of taxpayer funds, the TSA is determined now to save you from your homemade, in-flight snacks.
In a bid to get you shell out $15 for water and trail mix, or $10 for a wrapped club sandwich on Southwest, the Transportation Security Administration will now have you remove your food items from your carry-on for closer inspection.
In a recent press release the TSA claimed that, “Officers may instruct travelers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.”
Short List of TSA Demands
Breast Milk: Formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.
Canned Goods: There are some items that are not on the prohibited items list, but because of how they appear on the X-ray, security concerns, or impact of the 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols, they could require additional screening that might result in the item not being allowed through the checkpoint.
Cooked Meat, Fish or Vegetables: You may transport this item in carry-on. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.
Frozen Food: If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted.
Fresh Fruit: Passengers flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands to the US mainland cannot take most fresh fruits and vegetables due to the risk of spreading invasive plant pests.
Ice Cream: Not allowed in carry-ons.
Live Lobster: A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. A TSA officer will visually inspect your lobster at the checkpoint. We recommend that you contact your airline to determine your airline’s policy on traveling with your lobster before arriving at the airport.
Peanut Butter: Only less than 3.4oz/100 ml is allowed in a carry-on.
Don’t worry though, TSA wants to assure you that they have everything under control.
“While it is possible that passengers may experience more bag checks and additional screening of some items, TSA officers conduct screening with quicker and more targeted procedures to secure passengers and their carry-on baggage.”