Can I Bring Tuna Packets On a Plane? TSA Rules 2024

One of the most popular and versatile snacks to enjoy on your journey is tuna packets. They’re high in protein, low in calories, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

But can you bring tuna packets on a plane? What are the TSA rules for carrying food items in your luggage? And how can you pack them safely and efficiently to avoid any problems or messes? 

Let’s find out.

Bringing Tuna Packets in Carry-On (TSA Rules)

There is no details regarding tuna packets on the TSA website.

But the major concern of the most airport securities including the TSA is liquids.

Any liquids, gels and creamy food in your carry-on bag must be 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item, and fit inside a quart-sized bag with other liquids or gels you plan on carrying.

Cans and packets of tuna that are packed in oil or water are subject to this rule. So, if you want to bring them in carry-on, make sure they are under 3.4 ounces / 100 grams and fit inside your quart-sized bag.

You will also be instructed to remove them from your bag and place them in a separate bin for screening.

Here is the TSA’s customer service confirming to Zachary that tuna packets are allowed through TSA but must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces / 100 gram or less, and must comfortably fit into a single quart-size, zip-top bag with other travel-sized liquids..

Tuna pouches that do not have any liquids inside are considered as solids, like those that are vacuum-sealed or dried, so are not subject to the 3-1-1 liquids rule. 

You can always pack as many of them as you want in your carry-on bag, and you don’t need to put them either in a separate bin for additional screening unless the security officer asks you to do so.

However, you may still want to pack them in a clear plastic bag or container for easy screening.

Please note that the TSA agent searching your bags at the airport has always the final say whether an item will be allowed or not through the security checkpoint.

“Don’t open your tuna packet on the plane, most airlines do not allow opening tuna on their flights because of the bad odor”

Don’t stink up the cabin!!


Can You Bring Tuna Packets in Your Checked Baggage?

If you don’t want to bother with the frustrating 3-1-1 liquids rule, or if you want to bring more than 3.4 ounces of tuna packets, there are less restrictions when taking them in checked bags.

There are no limits for the amount or type of tuna packets you can bring in your checked bag, as long as they are properly packed and sealed.

Packing Tuna Packets in Checked Baggage

When packing tuna packets in your checked bag, it is a good idea to follow some basic tips to ensure they stay safe and don’t get squished.

Here are some of them:

  • Pack your tuna packets in a ziplock bag or a container with a tight lid. this an oldie but a goodie that will help avoid any leaks, spills, or odors from escaping and contaminating your cloths. You can also wrap them in aluminum foil or plastic wrap for added protection.
  • Place your tuna packets in the middle of your bag, surrounded by soft items like clothes, towels, or blankets. This will cushion them from any bumps, drops, or pressure changes during transit.

Taking Tuna Packets On International Flights

You might bring packets of tuna on board the airplane, but when traveling internationally the main issue is the rules for taking food to your destination country. 

For example most countries do have strict rules for importing fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, seeds, and nuts.

You can contact directly your airline for more info or browse the government or airport websites of your destination. 

For example:

If you are flying to UK you can check the rules here.

If you are bring tuna packets back to the US you can find more details here.

Final Thoughts

Tuna packets are a great option if you want to enjoy a healthy, convenient, and affordable meal or snack on the go. 

They’re easy to pack, carry, and eat, and they offer many nutritional and health benefits. However, you need to follow the TSA liquid rules when bringing tuna packets with liquids in carry-on baggage, while you can pack any quantity of tuna packets in your checked bag.

Hope this helps 

Happy travels