Photo: TSA/Instagram

TSA Finds Raw Chicken Circling on Baggage Claim Carousel

News Airports + Flying
by Jori Ayers Aug 30, 2021

While you were worried about how much conditioner and toothpaste you were packing in your carry-on, someone decided that traveling with an unreliable cooler full of raw chicken was perfectly normal.

Last week, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shared a video on Instagram showing raw chicken parts circling around the baggage carousel among other pieces of luggage. Even more disgusting: the raw chicken parts were not even wrapped.

TSA wrote on the Insta post, “Can chickens fly? Well… assuredly, no poultry is flying like this. We hear at one time these wings and thighs were cooped up in a cooler. Somewhere between baggage and the carousel, they became free range.”

The post has accumulated over 400,000 views and more than 1,000 comments in the past few days. TSA has not commented on how unpacked, seemingly frozen, raw chicken ended up alongside other passengers’ suitcases, but they had a lot of fun crafting a caption. They finished their Instagram post with the following pun fest: “If you are pecking around the internet for travel tidbits, nest time reach out to our hens and roosters at #AskTSA. They’ll take your raw travel questions and cook out an egg-cellent answer.”

According to TSA’s website, passengers can bring frozen foods in their carry-on or checked bags as long as the food is packaged with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other containers. The ice packs must be completely frozen; if they aren’t, the food will not be permitted. Some food is not allowed through airport security, however.

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