Last Updated on September 6, 2022
The coffee served by airlines is not always the highest quality.
So you might want to bring a Starbucks, Tim Horton, Costa or Dunkin coffee with you with you fly.
Here’s how to do it.
The 2 Problems Passengers Have Bringing Starbucks On A Plane
As you probably know, you cannot bring liquids in containers larger than 3.4 ounces through airport security.
That means that you cannot purchase your Starbucks coffee before you have went through the checkpoint.
The TSA officer at the checkpoint will not let you pass carrying a large cup of coffee.
That’s the first problem.
So you imagine that you can get through airport security and then buy a Starbucks to take on the plane.
But the second problem you’ll face is that airline stewards might not permit you to carry a hot coffee on to the plane. These rules are set by the individual airline that you are flying with.
Jet2 and Ryanair don’t permit passengers to carry hot drinks on to the plane.
Southwest do let you board a flight carrying coffee:
United also allow passengers to bring their own coffee on board:
Delta, Frontier, Spirit, and American Airlines wouldn’t answer this simple question without me providing flight confirmation numbers.
The best way to bring a Starbucks on a flight is to bring an empty thermos flask with you when you fly.
You can bring an empty thermos on a plane through airport security.
Then when you buy your Starbucks after security ask the barista to fill up your thermos.
You can then pack the thermos in your carry-on bag or personal item. That way the airline employees will not see you with a hot cup of coffee in your hand. If you have any problems with a particular airline you simply close up the thermos and pack it in your bag!
The added benefit is that the thermos will keep your Starbucks coffee hot or cold so that it will be perfect when you drink it during your flight.
If you are reading this post at the airport and standing with a coffee in your hand you can try to luck boarding but the airline you are flying with will determine whether you can bring it on board with you.