Can You Bring Yogurt On a Plane? 2024

Yogurt is something we have admired since childhood, it nourishes our bodies and has many healthy benefits, but can you bring yogurt on a plane? What are the regulations for traveling with yogurt and other dairy products?

According to the TSA, yogurt is considered a liquid, so each container must be 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less placed inside a quart sized bag when transported in carry-on, there are no limits when transported in checked baggage.

But there’s an exception though: frozen yogurt or yogurt carried as infant food are excepted from the TSA 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels, and aerosols, allowing you to carry an adequate amount to sustain your infant throughout the journey.

Can You Bring Yogurt Through The TSA Checkpoint?

Little girl drinking yogurt
ItemCarry-on luggageChecked luggage
Liquid yogurtAllowed, but not exceed 3.4 oz / ml in a single container, unless you are traveling with a baby.Allowed
Frozen Yogurt (solid)No limits No limits
screenshot from the TSA website
Credit: TSA

The TSA regulates what you can take on planes on flights within and from the US.

They stated that you can bring yogurt through the security checkpoint, but with a limited quantity of 3.4 oz / 100 ml for each container.

So any creamy or thick yogurt is considered a liquid.

Here is an answer from the @AskTSA team on X .

AskTSA replies on twitter about taking yogurt through the security checkpoiint
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The TSA requires all liquids including food and toiletries to fit inside one quart-sized bag.

But; when traveling with infants you can exceed these liquid limits and you do not need to place the liquids in a quart-sized bag either you can place them inside your diaper bag along with other items.

Note that all liquids including baby items will be subject to additional screening, and you will need to place them in a separate bin at the security checkpoint.

Organize your item beforehand so you can take them out quickly and speed up your time and screening process at the security checkpoint.

Taking Yogurt in Carry-on Luggage

If you are traveling on a long flight, it is a great idea to bring a can of yogurt to nourish your body.

And the best way to do that is to place it inside your personal item, i would recommend taking a frozen yogurt, if you want to bring more to consume during your flight.

Remember that yogurt parfait with fresh fruit will be counted as liquid, and they must be in containers less than 3.4 oz/ 100 ml.

This is what the @AskTSA team said to @tiffles in the screen-grab below .

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But if you want to take more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml of yogurt you can buy some after you clear the security.

You do not have to worry about the 3-1-1 liquid rule and you can purchase any size you like.

Read next: Can You Bring Frozen Food On a Plane?

Can You Take Yogurt in Checked Luggage?

Unlike the case with cabin baggage, you can bring any amount of yogurt in checked luggage without any restrictions, however; it is better to avoid taking any liquids in your checked bag without proper protection.

Yogurt or liquids in general will spill inside your bag and mess your clothes and other items.

You can use a solid plastic bag and place all your liquids inside on it including your yogurt.

I recommend also using a cooler when traveling with large quantities, a small cooler will keep your yogurt fresh while protecting it during the flight.

Carol asked the TSA customer service if she could bring a few containers of low sugar Greek yogurt in her checked luggage.

The TSA replied that the 3-1-1 liquid rule is only applied to the items carried in carry-on luggage.

The AskTSA answers a question on taking yogurt in checked luggage
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How to Take More Yogurt in Carry-on Luggage?

Yogurt are a healthy snack that is advised to have on a flight unlike fatty foods ; but the airports duty free shops is a bit overpriced, if you still want to bring a yogurt from your destination or to enjoy it with a cookie during your flight here are some tips to take extra yogurt on board the airplane without any issues.

The first way that the TSA and most airlines recommend is using travel size containers; you can refill Yogurt on 3.4 oz / 100 ml containers and place them inside your quart-sized bag.

However, this tip may not seem relevant because you will take only what will fit inside the quart-sized bag.

Another tip is to take frozen yogurt, this is my favorite one, and the TSA and most airport security allow solid items through the security checkpoint and in carry-on luggage without any limits.

But the challenge is how to keep yogurt solid until you pass the security checkpoint. This method will work if you are staying near the airport. You can just take your yogurt from the fridge and head to the airport.

The last tip is traveling with an infant, traveling with an infant has always exceptions, but you can only take reasonable quantities for an infant to consume during the flight even if they exceed the size limits, you can’t bring a dozen of yogurt and tell the TSA agent that it is for your little one.

Take Yogurt On International Flight?

Traveling internationally with Yogurt or food in general differs from country to country.

You will need to check the country of your destination website about the entry rules of food, especially dairy products.

Some countries may not have restricted entries, but others will.

Countries are not worried about yogurt itself but about diseases or pests that may come with the yogurt.

Therefore, they prefer to not allow it enter their territories, and even when traveling with an infant they will not let you enter the country with it

 You can just purchase other yogurt at the country of your destination.

So if it happens that you bring yogurt and you are not sure if it is going to make it through the security checkpoint, make sure to enjoy it on your flight before you leave the airplane.

Final Thoughts

All types of yogurt are considered liquids by the TSA unless they are frozen.

So you can only take 3.4 oz/ 100 ml per container in a quart size bag.

You are also allowed to exceed the above size if you are traveling with an infant that you will need to feed during the flight and their items or liquids do not need to be in a quart size bag.

We hope this helps.

Happy travels.

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