By Natalie B. Compton Natalie B. Compton Reporter covering the mechanics of travel Email Bio Follow June 26 at 11:51 AM It can be difficult to navigate the murky waters of TSA’s carry-on rules. They’re so unclear, you could compare them to som - EntornoInteligente
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It can be difficult to navigate the murky waters of TSA’s carry-on rules. They’re so unclear, you could compare them to something like — oh, I don’t know — gravy?

Yesterday afternoon, model-slash-cookbook author-slash-television host-slash-social media personality Chrissy Teigen tweeted a TSA conundrum to her 11.3 million Twitter followers: “Let’s play ‘is cold gravy tsa approved.'” The tweet came with a video featuring a Tupperware container filled with seemingly solid brown matter, the ” copycat popeye’s Cajun gravy ” in question.

let’s play “is cold gravy tsa approved” pic.twitter.com/ykxh0pJ1l6

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 25, 2019 Teigen’s tweet had people chiming in with their own tales of airport security confiscations. The replies read like obituaries for lost yogurts, Nutella, peanut butter, Tofutti, fig jam, cookie dough, coconut oil, ice cream, smoked whitefish dip, barbecue sauce, cream cheese, salted caramel, hummus and mascarpone.

It’s an age-old question that’s plagued generations: what food can I bring in my carry-on bag? There are six pages of information on TSA’s website addressing just that. Some of the rules seem obvious in 2019 — like yes, you can bring bread with no problem, and no, you can’t bring a whole bottle of wine. Other items are not as straightforward. Canned foods, for example, get screened on a case-by-case basis.

What we do know for sure is that TSA observes the 3-1-1 liquids rule. You can bring “a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item,” the website reads .

Some items are treated differently depending on their state. Solid cheese is an acceptable carry-on snack, while ” Cheese (Creamy) ” can only come along if its 3.4oz or 100 ml. The same goes for solid versus liquid chocolate, as well as wet and dry pet food.

Then there’s gravy, which is surprisingly addressed in TSA’s list of food rules. The official ruling is that gravy is allowed as long as its less than 3.4oz/100 ml. It’s treated like a liquid. But what about when gravy is cold, and no longer a traditional liquid? Teigen’s travel companion proved that cold gravy is a big goopy cube, rather than the liquid one drizzles over turkey at Thanksgiving.

Nearly 36,000 people on Twitter weighed in on whether or not Teigen’s cold gravy made the cut. More than half had faith that TSA would allow the thickened meat juice aboard the flight.

And they were right. Sort of. Teigen was allowed to keep her gravy, only after she mixed the thick matter in with some mashed potatoes.

results: cold gravy IS allowed if you mix it with mashed potatoes pic.twitter.com/HKJGdl9CFq

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 25, 2019 If you find yourself in doubt over your own traveling food, check TSA’s website to clarify any lingering concerns before you walk up to security. If the website doesn’t cover your snacking preferences, you can reach out to TSA directly on Facebook Messenger and Twitter, according to their website.

Teigen’s last-minute effort to save the gravy worked, but the travel hack won’t necessarily work all of the time. You’re not likely to want to mix your Nutella or smoked white fish dip with something else in your carry on bag. And the rules may be the rules, but ultimately, “the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”

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