Tomorrow we're leaving to go to Switzerland for a conference, and it's going to be a long trip from San Francisco to Geneva - 14 hours! Airplane food is not known for being particularly tasty, and we'd like to pack our own meal. But with security regulations, we wondered: what can we carry on the plane?
The TSA website states that you can carry on:
- Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size, zip-top plastic bag.
- Canned or jarred goods such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jellies - 3 oz. or smaller
- Cheese in pressurized containers, Jell-O's, pudding, whipping cream, yogurt or gel like food substances - 3 oz. or smaller
Three ounces for liquids and soft foods? That's about the size of a spice jar, so we're really going to have to get creative here. Since sharp objects are verboten, that means that knives and forks are out, so any foods we pack will have to be finger foods.
We're considering packing up our Mr. Bento lunch jar (and remembering to leave the spork at home) with goodies such as:
- Dried heirloom tomatoes from the Ferry Building farmer's market
- Yummy sandwich
- Sliced jicama with fresh lime wedge
- Cooked rice and grilled skinless chicken
- Celery and carrot sticks with 3 oz. of hummus
- Applesauce - 3 oz. of course.
What about you? What do you like to carry on the plane for sustenance during long trips?
Whatever you pack, remember your fellow passengers and don't pack foods that have a strong odor, so leave the durian and kimchee at home. If you are too busy to pack up a meal, consider ordering a made-to-order, TSA-approved meal from SkyMeals. They'll meet you at your home, office, or the airport and hand you an insulated tote bag with a healthy meal. One warning, though - they are really expensive.
Snacks, Baked Goodies and Other Plane Fare from The Kitchn
• Recipe: Sweet and Salty Cinnamon Almonds
• Recipe Review: Dried Fig and Nut Bars
• Recipe: Mozzacado Sandwich
• Recipe: DIY Graham Crackers
• Weekend Sandwich Recipe: Basil, Goat Cheese, and Artichoke Hearts
Republished post originally posted on April 15, 2008.
(Image: Ace Bakery)