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Can You Bring Grapes On A Plane?

Can you bring grapes on an airplane? Are the rules different for domestic and international flights? And just how long will grapes remain safe to eat when packed in your luggage? Read on for the answers.

 

 

Bringing Grapes On A Plane

Can You Bring Grapes on Domestic Flights Within the U.S.A.?

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes, if boarding in the continental U.S.*

Checked Luggage:

Yes, if boarding in the continental U.S.*

 

 

*If you are flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, you cannot bring most fresh fruits and vegetables on board. If you are flying to Hawaii, you must declare all fresh produce upon arrival; it may be prohibited depending on type and origin.

 

Can You Bring Grapes on International Flights Originating in the U.S.A?

Carry-On Baggage:

Yes, if boarding in the continental U.S.**

Checked Luggage:

Yes, if boarding in the continental U.S.**

 

**You can bring grapes on board and consume them during the flight. But you might not be able to bring grapes into your foreign destination (see details below).

 

 

Can You Bring Grapes Into The U.S.A. on an International Flight?

Carry-On or Checked Luggage:

 No in most cases (see details below)

 

 

How Long Will Grapes Last In Your Luggage?

Grapes, fresh:

1 day at room temperature

 

Sources: Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, StillTasty.com

 

BRINGING GRAPES ON A PLANE: FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN THE U.S.A.

Can you bring grapes through airport security in your carry-on baggage?

Yes, if you are boarding a flight in the continental United States*, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow you to bring grapes through airport security in your carry-on baggage. Grapes should be placed in a resealable bag or container with a secure-fitting lid. There is no limit to the quantity of grapes you can bring in your carry-on: You can pack as many grapes as you’d like and will fit into your allowable hand luggage.

*If you are flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland, you cannot bring most fresh fruits and vegetables on board. If you are flying to Hawaii, you must declare all fresh fruits and vegetables you bring upon arrival; these may be inspected and prohibited depending on type and origin.

 

Read more: Here are the foods you can bring through airport security

 

Can you bring grapes on an airplane in your checked baggage?

Yes, you can bring grapes in your checked baggage when boarding a flight within the United States, with the exceptions for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands noted above. You can bring as many grapes as you’d like in your allowable checked luggage.

 

Can you bring grapes on an international flight leaving the U.S.A.?

Yes, you can bring grapes on an international flight departing from the U.S. — but depending on where you’re going, you may not be able to bring the grapes off the plane once you arrive at your destination.

If your intention is to bring the grapes onto the plane in your carry-on baggage and eat them during the flight, you’ll have no issues. The TSA applies the same rules for allowing grapes through security at U.S. airports, whether you are flying domestically or internationally.

But taking the grapes off the plane and bringing them into a foreign country is a different matter. The rules around fresh produce can be strict: Some countries, such as Australia, prohibit international travelers from bringing in any fresh fruits and vegetables whatsoever. Be sure to check your foreign destination’s rules before leaving if you’re hoping to bring in fresh produce.

 

BRINGING GRAPES INTO THE UNITED STATES

Can you bring grapes on an international flight back into the U.S.A.?

In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. The United States has strict rules about allowing travelers to bring fresh fruit and vegetables into the country, due to the risk of spreading pests and diseases to U.S. crops.

Whether you can bring grapes back into the U.S. will depend on the country from which you are arriving. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a tool for checking the restrictions on specific fruits and vegetables from foreign countries.

Note also that you must declare all fruits and vegetables that you bring into the United States — whether they are allowable or not — to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and permit them to be inspected by a CBP agent. This can be a time-consuming process. The penalties for failing to declare your food items can be steep; bear in mind also that the CBP routinely conducts random screenings for arriving passengers.

 

FOOD SAFETY: HOW LONG WILL GRAPES LAST IN YOUR LUGGAGE?

Fresh grapes will usually remain safe to eat for about one day when stored at room temperature. Wash grapes and dry thoroughly before packing them in your carry-on bag or checked luggage.  

 

 

Note: While the above information is based on applicable Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) guidelines at the time of publication, the final decision for whether to allow a food item through airport security or into the United States rests with the TSA and CBP officers on duty at the airport. Regulations also change frequently: For the latest information, check the US Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration websites.

 

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