Travel Trivia Tuesday

TSA-Uniform.jpgLast week I asked, “Which of these items can you not bring on a plane: peanut butter, salsa, a live lobster or your pet pig?” And to be fair it was sort of a trick question because technically there is a way for you to bring each of these on, but the two with the most restrictions are actually the peanut butter and salsa because they are both considered a liquid by TSA. So let’s learn how you can bring them on the plane shall we.

As far as peanut butter and salsa go, you can bring them on the plane, but they cannot be in containers larger than 3.4 ounces and must fit in your quart size baggy. They are much more heavily regulated than the next two options.

Live lobsters are actually the easiest of the 4 items to get on a plane. Apparently for people living on the east coast, especially Maine, many fish markets will package their live lobsters for travel. They come in a cardboard box right out of the tank, packaged in a sort of seaweed, icepack styrofoam container to keep the little crustaceans alive. They last about 8 hours from taking out of the tank to putting into the pot, so you can’t really fly too far with them. They are allowed through security, scanned like any other carry on and can be stowed in the staff closets on the plane if your box is too big for the over head containers.

And last, but certainly not least, your pet pig can definitely come along for your next journey. But, there are stipulations. The pet pig must be registered as a service animal. And I know what you are thinking, how is a pig a service animal? Well they can actually be both physical and emotional service companions. TSA has the right to question you about your service animal, but if you can provide sufficient answers there is no reason your pig cannot fly with you. The 1st pig to fly went with his owner on a U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia to Seattle in November 2011. Since then their have been several cases like this. The North American Pot Belly Pig Association (yes thats a real thing apparently) says that, “Pigs can be used as service animals and can be trained to open and close doors and use a litter box. They also seem to have a sense if their owner is not feeling well to stay by them.”

So there you have it folks, if you’re looking to fly with your emotional companion AKA your pet pig, or want to get fresh lobsters while in Maine and fly them back here to Wisconsin you will have no problem doing so. But if you are looking to take a jar of Peanut Butter or salsa with you on your next journey, you may want to think again!

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