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...
Contact Center regarding the policy for traveling with food.
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
• Yogurt, pudding, apple sauce, honey, and maple syrup
• Soups and
• 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
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
We hope this information is helpful.