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post #1 of 5
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I'm posting this as a PSA as I found lots of conflicting info when I did some Google and forum searches... It appears there are many that have no issues traveling with 'fresh' hatching eggs and others that have had complications, while others were unable to get an answer either way from TSA... Being in the situation where I would like to bring some eggs home with me from our vacation in the near future I reached out to TSA...

As you can see technically you should have no issues bringing eggs home in your carry on, they are exempt from the 3-1-1 rule and are not a prohibited item, in fact they list them specifically exempt them from the 3-1-1 in their response... Of course you might come across a TSA agent that disagrees, but this is the reply I got back from TSA... I suggest being very upfront and proactive in notifying them you have fresh hatching eggs, and keep the eggs out in the open and in clear sight... NPIP paperwork and any other purchase documentation is a plus...

There is also the x-ray thing to deal with, I'm going to obviously request a hand check and see if that works but after some intense research on the x-ray dosage of the cabinet scanners even if the eggs are run through the scanner it should have a negligible effect...

Emphasis added by me...
Quote:
Thank you for contacting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Contact Center regarding the policy for traveling with food.

Passengers are
permitted to travel with food in their carry-on bags; however, all food must
undergo x-ray screening. Foods that are liquids, gels, or aerosols have
restrictions and must be in containers 3.4 ounces or smaller and fit comfortably
in a single, quart-size, clear, plastic, zip top bag; one bag per passenger (the
3-1-1 rule). To save time, passengers should securely wrap foods or place the
food in a spill-proof container.

Examples of foods that must follow the
3-1-1 rule include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Single serve
packets of condiments
• Spreadable foods such as peanut butter and other nut
butters, cheese spreads, jellies, and jams
• Dips such as hummus and
salsa
• Yogurt, pudding, apple sauce, honey, and maple syrup
• Soups and
sauces
• Beverages, including water

Foods such as hard cheeses, pasta,
protein powders, fresh eggs, and unpeeled natural foods like fruit are
acceptable and are not required to follow the 3-1-1 rule.


Ice, frozen gel
packs, and other liquid or gel-like frozen food items are allowed at the
screening checkpoint as long as they are in a solid, “frozen state” when
presented for screening. However, passengers are cautioned against packing these
items if they are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces. If frozen items have
begun to thaw and are partially melted or have any liquid at the bottom of the
container, they will not be permitted.

After completing TSA screening,
passengers may purchase food, beverages, and other items in the secured area to
bring onboard the aircraft.

It is important to note, that even if an item is
not on the prohibited items list, Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) have
the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint or onboard
an aircraft if they believe it poses a security threat. TSOs make the final
decision on whether certain items are permitted into the secured areas of the
airport.

TSA does not recommend that passengers pack food items in their
checked baggage. While the practice is not prohibited, some foods have
properties that may cause baggage screening machines to alarm. Secondary
screening is required to clear every alarm and this may require additional
handling. Passengers should understand that packing food in checked baggage may
cause delays for passengers and their baggage.

We encourage passengers to
familiarize themselves with TSA Travel Tips at
http:\\www.tsa.gov\travel\travel-tips. The Web site has information about
prohibited and permitted items, the screening process and procedures, and
guidance for special considerations that may assist them in preparing for air
travel. Passengers may also search the Web site’s database of prohibited and
permitted items using the “When I fly can I bring…” feature on the homepage of
www.tsa.gov.

We hope this information is helpful.

TSA Contact
Center
post #2 of 5

Are you talking about carrying eggs across country or bringing them into the country from abroad?

If it is the former, than all you would need is NPIP paperwork. However some states also require them to be from a certified AI clean flock in addition to the basic PT clean designation of NPIP.

If it is the latter, that's a completely different animal but doable depending on the country of origin. Imports from any area deemed to have HPAI are not allowed.

 

Here's what's needed according to the USDA

General Requirements

  • All hatching eggs of poultry imported into the United States must be accompanied by a USDA import permit VS Form 17-129(except through a land border port from Canada).
  • Current veterinary health certificate issued by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health of the national government in the exporting country of origin.
  • Importers should submit the application and the processing fee for a permit by check, money order, charge card or by providing a USDA user fee account. If changes need to be made for a permit after it has been issued, there is an additional fee. Current fees can be found here.
  • Fees apply if arrival is during regular working hours (approximately 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday), and prior notification has been given. Overtime charges apply if the bird arrives before or after these hours. In addition, USDA port veterinarians are not stationed full-time at each port of entry, prior notification is critical to the import process.


The import permit application (VS Form 17-129) can be downloaded from the Internet at:

 

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa_import_into_us/sa_entry_requirements/sa_avian/ct_poultry_eggs

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
This was within the US, and although NPIP paperwork is technically required across all/some state TSA doesn't care one hoot about NPIP paperwork when boarding a plane, eggs are just food as far as TSA is concerned...

I read a lot of conflicting reports some of eggs being destroyed or confiscated and others with absolutely no issues carrying them on, so I wanted some clarification from their own mouth...

Anyway my experience from LAX now that I just go back...

I asked for a 'hand check' of just the eggs so I could avoid the x-ray is possible, worst case I would have let them x-ray with the rest of my stuff... TSA was hesitant to grant the hand check request at first, but finally gave in when they called over a supervisor that agreed to do it... All along they were more than willing to pass me right on through if I let them be x-rayed and pushed me towards that option through the process...

For hand check they wanted to 360° inspect each individual egg but didn't want to 'touch food' after I told them they were welcome to touch the eggs all they wanted they took each one out of the carton and looked it over and let me board no issues... FYI they wear fresh gloves so, the only real risk of them handling the eggs was them dropping one...

All in all not a bad experience it took them longer to 'explosive' check the kids new Ridemakerz RC cars that apparently the x-ray guy flagged as suspect, then it did to check eggs...
Edited by MeepBeep - 10/31/15 at 3:09pm
post #4 of 5

Good to hear they wear fresh gloves. We are in the planning stages for bringing eggs from Spain and Costa Rica next year.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by ChickenCanoe View Post

Good to hear they wear fresh gloves. We are in the planning stages for bringing eggs from Spain and Costa Rica next year.

Yeah, certainly nice, I'm sure they do it to avoid any potential cross contamination between luggages...
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