Last Updated on September 23, 2021
The prices for snacks on planes can be a lot more expensive than if you buy in a store.
So much for a low-cost flight!
And even if your flight has free snacks they might not have your favorite potato chips.
The solution is to pack your own chips in your carry-on bag.
Let’s take a look at the rules about flying with chips!
TSA Chips Rules
The Transportation Security Administration doesn’t specifically mention chips on their website.
They do say that solid snacks are allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage. I checked Twitter to see if anyone had asked the TSA about chips directly.
Solid foods, such as potato chips, are allowed in carry-on bags with no quantity limitations. They are not required to be sealed; you may put them in a container of your choosing.@AskTSA on Twitter
There you have it! You can bring a bag of chips through airport security. The TSA doesn’t see chips as a security threat. They might occasionally want to do additional screening on a food item, but so long as it’s solid then you’ll be able to take it past security.
Dips on the other hand are treated as liquids and that means you can only bring dips in containers less than 3.4 ounces. You also must pack any dips for chips in your quart-sized toiletries bag.
Bad news for guacamole lovers.
Still Unsure? Ask The TSA
If you have any questions about what you can bring in carry-on or checked luggage you can jump on Twitter and ask the TSA by writing to @AskTSA.
Checking ahead of time can save you turning up at airport security with something that is prohibited.
Jesus asked if he could bring some Cheetos on the airplane.
The TSA assured him that “solid food snacks are allowed in carry-on bags”.
James was taking his Pringles on the flight.
It doesn’t matter if your can of Pringles has been opened or not. Chips don’t even need to be in their original packaging.
You can bring Pringles in your hand luggage. A word of warning, if you eat the whole can the fun does stop and you feel like you want to vomit! I wouldn’t trust myself to fly with a large can of Pringles!
Art got the green light to bring his Takis tortilla chips.
You can bring tortilla chips so that means you can fly with doritos. Just my opinion, but some snacks are too cheesy to eat on a plane next to a stranger.
Yvonne discovered that her pretzels and licorice were TSA approved.
But why stop with dry potato chips. You could be like Chrissy Teigen and fly with scalloped potatoes.
Chocolate chips are fine to be packed too!
And travelers can even bring poker chips on a flight!
This passenger asked about bringing a tub of pringles in checked baggage.
There really isn’t any reason why potato chips would be prohibited from planes. If you want to understand what the TSA is looking for then check this post about what you can’t bring on planes.
The Bottom Line
You can bring chips on a plane so go ahead and fill up your carry-on with Lays. All solid food items are permitted on flights, it’s only liquids or spreadable foods that the TSA worries about.
While airlines would prefer you to buy snacks from them at inflated prices they can’t stop you from bringing your own chips on board.
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