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Old 01-06-2016, 10:54 AM
Status: "I work to ski" (set 10 days ago)
Location: SE WI
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I fly about 48 weeks a year to a variety of places within the US for work. Most airports are pretty strict about the 3-1-1 rule. However, your vitamin pills (if of the gel type) may be overlooked if they are just left in the bottle. But be aware, TSA may take them so if they are of any value to you, I would purchase them once you arrive.

Just remember, you are only allowed 1 bag.
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:24 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Vitamins and solid medications should be clearly labeled and legal in your destination and you should carry a copy of any prescriptions for them. If you have a 'medically necessary' liquid or gel, it doesn't have to go into the stock 3-1-1 bag but should be in its own clear bag to prevent leakage into your carry on. 'Medically necessary' liquids and gel packs may be larger than 3 ounces (at least late time I flew) as long as they're taken out of your bag separately so the TSA can inspect them by hand as well as scanner. My 5 ounce bottle of contact lens solution in its own clear plastic cozie has uneventfully passed through any number of US airports.

The TSA Blog: TSA Travel Tips - Traveling With Medication

If you are flying with food internationally check the customs/agriculture/inspection rules for your destination beforehand. Some countries like Australia will hit you with huge fines for illegally bringing fresh produce into the country. Given that one medfly-infested orange can cause a million dollars in crop damage for local farmers, I'm okay with strict rules in that regard.
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:41 AM
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I've never had a problem carrying food on a plane (I do it regularly) EXCEPT for once, years ago, in Pittsburgh, PA. They questioned a big loaf of flat focaccaia bread. Odd!

I've filled my quart bag with small bottles of liquor to make my own drinks on the plane -- no problem there either. ;-)
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:59 PM
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For water, take empty bottles with you and fill them up at drinking water fountains after security. Don't spend money on overpriced bottled water at $5 a pint.
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Old 01-07-2016, 06:03 PM
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I bring food all the time. There's no limit to anything that you pack in your checked luggage. Just remember to triple-bag any liquids in case something breaks. Expansion never occurred to me and has never been an issue.
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