Traveling with Fresh Produce in the U.S.: What You Need to Know

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 17, 2024 04:34 AMNews
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Three glossy apples on a concrete surface, with two red apples and one green apple. Source: pixabay

When packing for a domestic flight within the continental United States, passengers are often uncertain about the rules for carrying fresh fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides clear guidelines that allow travelers to include these healthy options in both their carry-on and checked luggage.

Carry-on bags can include solid food items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, which is ideal for those who prefer to have access to healthy snacks during their flight. However, it's important to note that any liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 ounces are not permitted in carry-on bags and must be packed in checked baggage.

Despite the relative ease with which passengers can travel with these items across the majority of states, those flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland face stricter regulations. These locations have specific restrictions on most fresh produce due to the risk of spreading invasive plant pests. Travelers from these regions need to be aware of these rules to avoid any inconvenience during their journey.

This knowledge not only ensures a smoother airport experience but also encourages passengers to maintain their dietary habits and make healthier choices while traveling. As summer approaches and the peak travel season begins, understanding these guidelines can significantly enhance your travel experience, keeping it hassle-free and deliciously nutritious.

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