Can You Bring Nuts On a Plane?

According to TSA, you can bring nuts on domestic flights in both carry-on and checked bags without restrictions. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and more are considered solid food items, so you can enjoy them onboard. However, be prepared to remove them from your bag if the X-ray machine can’t scan them clearly.

In today’s post, I will give you some snacking information about traveling with raw and roasted nuts, in addition to some tips and tricks on how to enjoy nuts on your next flights, whether you’re flying domestically or internationally.

Rules For Flights within The U.S

On domestic flights you can bring nuts through airport security inside your carry-on or personal bag without any restrictions. 

According to TSA rules, Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, and butternuts, are all considered solid food items. 

This means get ready to enjoy a bag of peanuts or mixed nuts on your next flight.

But, even though there is no reason why a TSA agent will stop nuts from going on board the airplane, there are some simple tips that you need to keep in mind.

Sometimes the security folks may ask you to remove them from your bag if the X-ray machine can’t see what is inside the bag clearly.

Therefore, you need to organize your personal items inside your bag, and don’t let anything obstruct the x-ray machine from seeing the bag.

If you carry milk or other liquids along, remember that any liquids must follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule.

Which means you can bring 3.4 fl ounces (100 milliliters) or less for each container in one quart-sized bag, and only one bag is allowed per person.

If you want to read more about the TSA liquid rule then check this post about how many ounces can you carry on a plane?.

Can I Take Nuts In My Checked Bag?

Yes, It is permissible to place any type of nuts in your checked bag.

There are no limits on the amount of nuts you can pack in your suitcase either, as long as they don’t exceed the weight and size limits of your airline.

Just keep in mind that checked bags are not always safe or handled carefully, so don’t put anything valuable or fragile in there.

Can You Bring Nuts On a Plane Internationally?

Yes, nuts are generally allowed on international flights.

If you are planning to consume them during the fight, then there is nothing to worry about, but if you are thinking to bring some to the country you are visiting then you need to be aware of the customs regulations of your destination country.

Some countries may have strict rules on the import of nuts, especially if they are raw, unprocessed, or in their shells.

For example, Australia and New Zealand have very strict security measures and may confiscate or destroy any nuts that are not declared or cleared by the customs .

The European Union including the UK allows the import of nuts for personal consumption.

Other countries may have more lenient rules on the import of nuts, especially if they are cooked, processed, or packaged.

These rules are meant to protect the local agriculture and environment from entering of foreign pests.

To avoid any problems or penalties, you should always check the custom regulations of the country you’re visiting before you pack your nuts.

You can find more information on the official website of the country of your destination, or you can just contact your airline and they will provide you with more details.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bringing Nuts on Planes

Q. Do I need to take out nuts when going through security?

A. No, you don’t need to take out your nuts when passing through the security checkpoint unless the security clerk asks you to do so. The rules are only applied to liquids and electronics larger than a cell phone.

Q. Should I pack nuts in hand or checked baggage?

A. You are free to pack them anywhere you want, however; I would recommend taking them in hand luggage. If you are taking extra or a large quantity you can pack the rest in your checked bag.

Q. How much nuts can I bring on planes?

A. nuts are TSA approved, so you can bring as much nuts as you like within the U.S.

Q. How do you pack nuts for travel?

A. Packing your nuts in portions will make it easier to access at the airport or on board the airplane. You can use small Ziploc bags, plastic containers, or reusable pouches to pack your nuts in portions, but if they already come in small packs that’s wonderful. Learn more about packing tips for travel here.

Q. Can I take nuts in a Ziploc bag on a plane?

A. Again, yes, you can take nuts in a Ziploc bag on a plane. In fact, this is one of the best ways to pack nuts for travel.

Q. Can I eat nuts during the flight?

A. Yes, you can always enjoy nuts as a quick snack (like mixed nuts snack packs) during your flight, just be mindful of other passengers.

Q. Can nuts go through customs on international trips?

A. The rules for each country may differ, however; there are many passengers that claim traveling with reasonable amounts of nuts to other countries without any issues.

Q. Can you take nuts and seeds on a plane?

A. Yes, you can take nuts and seeds on a plane, as they are both considered solid food items. You can pack as many nuts and seeds as you want on domestic flights.

Bottom Line

Nuts are great snacks to keep in your bag, as they are nutritious, yummy, and convenient.

You can bring any types of nuts on a plane, so go ahead and fill up your personal bag or checked bag with mixed nuts.

You can also bring nuts on international flights for personal use, pack your nuts wisely and enjoy your trip.

For more travel essentials, check out our travel checklist and read about the health benefits of nuts.

I hope this helps

Happy travels.