An apple can trigger a security check

A friend of mine was recently flying when she attempted to board the plane with an apple in her carry on bag. She was pulled aside and an expectation ensued. What was the TSA's concern? An apple in her bag. She was shocked!

This is exactly what lists on their web-site about fruits i.e an apple, because it is a fruit, right?!?!...

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags within the continental United States. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible.


Passengers flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland cannot take most fresh fruits and vegetables due to the risk of spreading invasive plant pests.

She was not flying out of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland. So she asked why an apple would be a problem to fly with. It was explained that an apple can be carved out and a bomb put inside,then the fruit put back together.

Who would ever think of that?! So heads up, if you don't want to be stopped at airport security, don't take an apple with you.

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