Many of us have lost conditioners, sunscreens and countless other liquids while going through airport security. Sometimes its hard to know if your pastes, gels or even gravy — as model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen tested Tuesday — can make it through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.
Teigen tweeted a video to her 11.3 million Twitter followers: “let’s play ‘is cold gravy tsa approved’.”
The video featured dense brown gravy in a plastic container, with Teigen explaining she was trying to get it through security and asking “Is it a liquid or a gel, or is it gravy in a solid form?”
Teigen’s tweet had people responding with humorous tales of woe and hilarious questions about exactly what is allowed to go through airport security:
“I hear that if you FREEZE queso you can bring it through security” tweeted @AshleighEE.
“They made me dump my $15 jar of white chocolate peanut butter I was trying to bring home from Hawaii. That was in a sealed jar. So imma go with a no on this” tweeted @Ginamw30
Over 36,000 people voted in a Twitter poll Teigen posted asking them to guess whether her cold gravy would be able to pass through security, with over half choosing “Yes it wasn’t a liquid.”
The ultimate verdict?
Teigen posted another video tweet noting that she was able to keep her gravy, only after she mixed the thick matter in with mashed potatoes. “I guess I forgot to tell you about the potatoes,” she posted.
No word on which airport Teigen was flying out of or how long the gravy debacle took.
“The general rule of thumb is that if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, then it should go into a checked bag,” Jenny Burke, a TSA spokeswoman, told USA TODAY in an email. “Liquids in carry-on bags must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. If a traveler has any questions they can go to @AskTSA (on Twitter) or check our online database.”
For the sometimes dubious items that are allowed to go through security, TSA has a “What Can I Bring” online guide, where you can type in liquids in the search box and see what qualifies, as well as the sizes. For example, breast milk and baby formula do not have quantity restrictions like other liquids.
There’s also a section that informs travelers on the type of foods that are allowed to go through security, including one on gravy. Is it allowed? The website says yes (though it has to be less than 3.4 ounces), but that “the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”
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