Can You Bring Candy On A Plane?

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I get it…

You’ll be sitting in an aluminum can with wings, going at not far off the speed of sound, 6 or 7 miles up in the sky, thrusting forward by the power generated by the exploding remains of dead marine creatures that lived 100 million years ago.

It’s probably going to be really boring…

You’d better pack some candy for the plane to keep yourself amused.

This post is about the TSA rules for taking candy on a plane.

TSA Candy Rules

Whether you want to bring candy to eat on the plane, or you are packing some candy to take home in your hand luggage, the TSA is pretty relaxed about taking candy through airport security.

The TSA is mainly concerned with keeping passengers safe. They want to spoil the plots of the bad guys. They don’t want to spoil your ability to spoil your dinner.

Here is a screengrab of the relevant rule:

So you can take candy on a plane in your hand luggage without restriction as long as it is not liquid candy. What’s a liquid candy I hear you ask?

The gel candy as pictured above would need to go in your liquids bag and follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Well actually those tubes look a little larger than the 3.4 oz maximum, but you get the idea.

Liquid candy is banned from planes. Thankfully, if you can read this sentence you’re probably a bit older and more into solid candy.

Pretty much all solid candy is okay to take through airport security.

This even includes candy with a gel, liquid, or paste filling. Chocolate candy bars with squishy fillings are okay to bring on planes.

So you don’t need to pack a Snickers in your toiletries bag even though the caramel is the middle isn’t solid.

And while jars of peanut butter are considered a liquid and need to follow the 3-1-1 rule, giant chocolate cups full of peanut butter are allowed on planes without limits. It’s a crazy world.

Gummy Bears & Other Candy You Can Take On Planes

There are rumors going around that gummy bears are not permitted in hand luggage. This is just a wicked, wicked lie.

You are able to take gummy bears in planes. I checked what the @AskTSA service on Twitter had to say about this important matter.

Just so prove it’s not a mistake…

Note: I strongly advise against eating sugar-free gummy bears on a plane. Or anywhere other than while sitting on a toilet. You’ve been warned.

But what other candy can you take on a plane in your carry on?

Melissa got the thumbs up for taking peanut M&M’s in her hand luggage.

Lucy got the green light for candy canes, Hershey bars, pop tarts, Toblerone, and peeps:

Kindra got the TSA’s blessing to take her regular Snickers:

Danielle was delighted to be able to take her Starburst and Skittles on her flight.

Alex was over the moon to be taking his Twizzlers in his carry-on luggage:

I think you’re probably getting the picture by now I think. You can take candy on a plane, but one word of caution.

Who Can Stop You Bringing Candy Through Airport Security?

You might have been feeling pretty pleased with what you ‘ve read in this post so far. But be warned, there is one person who could potentially stop you from taking candy onto a plane.

Every TSA officer has the right to refuse any candy that he doesn’t want to let through. Even though it’s the general rule that candy is allowed on planes there is nothing to stop a peckish TSA officer confiscating your candy at the checkpoint.

Remember liquids are restricted. So if your candy melts or is more liquid than sold then you might run into problems.

While the TSA permit candy on planes they reserve the right to refuse anything through the security checkpoint.

Does Candy Go In Carry-On Or Checked Luggage?

As mentioned above, you can bring candy in your hand luggage. You can also bring candy in your checked luggage.

You just need to think…

How much candy will I pack in my suitcase? Do I even need these clothes any more? Will a carry on suitcase be large enough for all the candy that I want to take with me?

Also, if I have a candy emergency, will I be able to access my candy at short notice during the flight?

Be prepared. Personally, I pack my in-flight candy in my personal item bag. I pack my personal candy in my personal bag… understand? It’s personal. Get your own candy!

The Verdict

You can take candy on a plane. You can take solid candy. You can take mostly solid candy with squidgy insides. You can take fluffy candy. You can take gummy bears, M&M’s and most other popular candy.

So that’s the candy sorted… Now did you remember to download a movie on Netflix to your phone?

You’ll make it through this boring flight somehow.

What’s your favorite inflight candy? Did the TSA officer steal your candy? Let everyone know in the comments!

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