TPM Live Wire has a helpful and humorous post, “Thanksgiving Travel Tips From The TSA: Pies OK, Gravy Not So Much,” by Rachel Slajda about the Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA) “Helpful Hints For Holiday Travel”:
The Transportation Security Administration, which makes the rules about how many ounces of liquid you can carry on the plane (and whose employees have a spectacular grasp of how to use new media), has released a fantastic rundown of which Thanksgiving fixings you can carry on.
Pies are OK. Cranberry sauce is not. Neither are:
* Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
* Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
* Maple syrup
* Oils and vinegars
* Salad dressing
* Wine, liquor and beer
And snow globes — which have “an undetermined amount of liquid” — aren’t allowed through security either.
So why did pie make the cut? Our guess: Cronyism, plain and simple.