This type of incident is not uncommon around the holidays, despite TSA’s many attempts to educate travelers on what gifts are and aren't acceptable to carry on a plane. But the rules can be … counterintuitive. Like you can bring 3.4 ounces of olive oil on a plane. But an 8-ounce jar of herbs, with maybe 2 ounces of olive oil, crosses the line.
Here, for the record, is TSA’s full list of holiday items you cannot put in your carry-on (in addition to the standard explosives, weapons, etc.):
- Liquids over 3.4 ounces, including cranberry sauce, cologne, gravy and sauces, jams, jellies and “creamy dips and spreads,” including peanut butter
- Snow globes larger than a tennis ball. Snow globes about the size of a tennis ball or smaller can go in your carry-on if you bag it with your other small liquids.
- Hockey and lacrosse sticks, baseball bats and ski poles, including the toy varieties
- Toy guns or anything else that looks like a weapon
- All tools longer than seven inches, and all knives of any size
- Gel candles (like these ones)
Baked goods and foods are allowed, but subject to additional screening. And pesto, clearly, is out.
For a full list of what you can or can’t bring on the plane, consult TSA's mobile app.