Can You Bring Candy on a Plane?

One of the most popular things passengers want to bring with them to snack on during a flight is candy, 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 then find out if you can take them below.

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 associated with liquid candy tubes and some gel candy that might possibly fall within 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?

The TSA allows you to carry most types of candy through the TSA checkpoint. If any candy you have with you is not in its 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 quart-sized plastic bag per passenger).

This is a post on Twitter from the TSA @AskTSA service detailing the rules regarding taking candy in carry on or checked luggage.

Can You Take Candy on a Plane

This is a reply from a TSA agent on Twitter to a passenger enquiring about taking peanut butter cups through the security checkpoint:

Can you take candy through airport security

During a security check you might have to empty the contents of your carry-on bag so having all the candy in a resealable 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 hand luggage 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, particularly if flying with children, 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 being able to bring candy on a plane on the Twitter @AskTSA service and their reply:

Can you take candy in your carry on

Are gummy bears considered gel?

While gummy bears are a bit gel-like they are certainly not considered gel as far as a TSA agent at security is concerned. And besides, even if they were, then an individual gummy bear is much smaller than 3.4 ounces so would be allowed anyway.

This is the reply from the Transportation Security Administration service on Twitter to a passengers query asking if they can bring gummy bears with them:

Are gummy bears considered gel

Can you eat candy while on board?

Any candy that is permitted through TSA 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 bag?

You can pack any type of candy you wish in your checked luggage to consume at your destination or as gifts for others. Obviously, they will not be available to eat during the flight.

Conclusion

Candy is without a doubt the favorite and the most common thing that passengers carry on a plane to eat during a flight. You can easily bring 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.

For more related information see – snacks on a plane

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 chocolate covered candies. You can bring them in your carry-on baggage, to eat during the flight, as well as in your checked bags.

What type of candies are not allowed in carry-on baggage?

TSA allows all forms of candies that are solid without any problems but you might face some issues if you are carrying some form of liquid, gel or powdered candy on a plane in your carry-on baggage. 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 chocolate or candy on a plane?

According to the TSA, you can carry as many chocolates or candies as you want in your hand luggage. 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, gummy candy, peanut butter cups and pop tarts. TSA also allows you to carry jellies, stuffed candies, cakes and cookies but make sure to pack them adequately and separately.

Can I bring sandwiches on a flight?

Yes, you can bring along any kind of sandwich on a plane in your hand luggage through airport security. Make sure to pack your sandwiches tightly so that it does not become soggy and ruin other items in your bag.

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