Can You Bring Starbucks On A Plane?

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If you are planning to give your flight an extra boost of joy with a Starbucks hot cup of coffee or chocolate, you may be wondering what are the airline’s rules on taking Starbucks on board the airplanes.

Here is a quick answer.

You can bring Starbuck coffee but after you pass the security checkpoint, the TSA and most airport securities do not allow any liquids larger than 3.4 oz / 100 ml pass the security checkpoint, so you will need to buy a full cup of Starbucks after the security checkpoint.

Keep reading to know more and enjoy a hot coffee from Starbucks on your next flight.

Let’s dive right in.

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Take Starbucks Through The Security Checkpoint

As we mentioned above the TSA has strict rules about anything counted as a liquid.

To take liquids and drinks in carry-on they should be in containers of 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters or less inside a quart sized bag.

 I do not know of a beverage served in that small size.

The TSA didn’t mention Starbucks coffee or hot chocolate on their website.

But there is no chance that you can take a full cup of Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts in your hand and clear the security.

Even though a Starbucks hot coffee or chocolate do not contain any flammable ingredients or banned chemicals.


In general any Starbucks drinks will need to follow the TSA regulations.


There are other solutions though if you wanted to enjoy a cup of Starbucks on your flight.

You can buy it after the security checkpoint.

Or you can bring your favorite empty reusable Starbucks and fill it after you pass the security checkpoint.


But what about the airline

Airlines Rules

Most of the US airlines do allow passengers to bring a Starbucks on board the airplane, only few airlines will allow it.

The reason some airlines won’t allow passengers to bring their Starbucks can be for various reasons, for instance they want to sell their own drinks, or they have a partnership with a specific brand to offer free coffee on board.

But it may not be the best-tasting coffee you will ever have.

So even if the airline agent you are dealing with is picky, you can still bring your own Starbucks, by filling up the coffee on a thermos, or hydro flask, place it inside your bag and enjoy your coffee after take off.

Final Thoughts

You can not bring larger cups of coffee through the security checkpoint.

But it is generally allowed to bring a cup of coffee or chocolate Starbucks on planes after you pass the security checkpoint, as long as the airline allows them on board the airplane.

Most airlines will not have any problem taking a hot cup of coffee or chocolate on board, even if they do not allow them you can still refill your Starbucks on a thermos and ace oil inside your bag or personal items and here you go.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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