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Bringing Eggs In Your In Carry On Luggage

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MeepBeep, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    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...

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    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:

  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    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...
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2015
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Good to hear they wear fresh gloves. We are in the planning stages for bringing eggs from Spain and Costa Rica next year.
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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