One of the most popular thing passengers wanting something to snack on is taking candy on a plane, particularly if they are traveling with children. They are a perfect snack and carrying them is hassle-free in most situations. If you are planning to travel on a plane and cannot help taking bucket loads of candies in your carry-on luggage.
You can carry almost all types of solid candy through airport security and onto a plane in your carry-on. However, there are certain restrictions are associated with liquid candies and some gels which may fall into the TSA liquids rules.
Let us discuss some of the most common questions that must have crossed your mind while packing those tempting and delicious candies in your bag.
Can you take candy through airport security?
Yes, TSA allows you to carry most types of candy through airport security. If any candy you have with you are not in their original sealed packaging then the best thing to do to avoid any problems is by taking them in a separate small transparent bag.
If you are bringing along some form of liquid-style candies then you need to follow the 3-1-1 rule. According to this rule, each item can be no larger than 3.4 ounces and would have to go in a quart size liquids bag (only one bag per passenger).
During a security check you might have to empty the contents of your carry-on bag so having all the candy in one bag will make it easier to remove them if asked rather than having to hunt for them.
Can you take candy in your carry on?
There are no restrictions on carrying candy on a plane in your carry-on bag provided they are solid forms of candy. You can stuff as many chocolates as you want in your hand luggage, but preferably they should be solid chocolates.
The most common candies passengers bring along to eat on a flight are lollipops, candy bars, M&M’s, chewing gums, skittles and candy-covered chocolates.
You can of course buy candy at most airports in the stores after you pass through airport security. In this case, it doesn’t matter if the candy is liquid-filled as if it can be bought airside it can be taken on board.
This is a typical question related to taking candy on a plane on the Twitter Asktsa service and their reply:
Are gummy bears considered gel?
While gummy bears are a bit gel like they are certainly not considered gel as far as airport security is concerned. And besides, even if they were, then each individual gummy bear is much smaller than 3.4 ounces so would be allowed anyway.
Can you eat candy while on board?
Any candy that is permitted through airport security or that is purchased in stores at the airport after airport security, can be eaten during the flight. Many airlines also sell certain types of candy from the refreshments trolly during the flight.
While eating candies make sure that you don’t litter and carefully place the wrappers in your bag to dispose of later (or give them to the crew if they pass through the cabin collecting trash. The crew will be grateful if you don’t stuff them in the pocket in front.
Can you take candy in your checked bags?
You can pack any type of candy you wish in your checked bags to consume at your destination or as gifts for others. Obviously, they will not be available to eat during the flight.
Candy is without doubt the favorite and the most common thing that passengers carry on a plane to eat during a flight. You can easily get candy through airport security and bring them onto the aircraft with you in your carry-on. Make sure all your candy is stored in a separate transparent bag so it becomes easy for you to organize things during security checks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I take chocolates on a plane?
Chocolates are allowed through airport security and on a plane, which includes chocolate bars as well as small individual chocolates. You can bring them in your carry-on, to eat during the flight, as well as in your checked bags.
What type of candies are not allowed in carry-on bags?
TSA allows all forms of solid candies on a plane without any problems but you might face some issues if you are carrying some form of liquid, gel or powdered candies in your carry-on bag. TSA allows you only to carry 3.4 fluid ounces (100ml) of any variety of liquid type candy. Any non-solid candies should be separated at the security checkpoint as they may need to be screened separately.
Is there a quantity limit for carrying solid candies or chocolates on a plane?
According to the TSA, you can carry as many chocolates or candies as you want in your carry-on bag. There is no limit on the number of your favorite candies and chocolates. You can pack all your Hershey’s bars, M&M’s, Toblerone, candy canes and pop tarts. TSA also allows you to carry jellies, stuffed candies, cakes and cookies but make sure to pack them adequately and separately. You can use transparent ziplock bags to store all of these items making it easier for you to take them out during the security check.
Can I bring sandwiches on a flight?
Yes, you can bring along any kind of sandwich on a plane in your carry-on bag and through airport security. Make sure to pack your sandwiches tightly so that it does not become soggy and ruin other items in your bag.