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 Post subject: Tofu in hand luggage?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:05 pm 
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I'm flying from Austria to the UK soon, and I'd like to take some special tofu (vacuum-packed without liquid). Does anyone know whether I can take it in my hand luggage? Does tofu count as a liquid? I know spreads do, so I thought I'd better get some info - but there doesn't seem to be much about tofu on planes on the internet. Does anyone have experience with this?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:48 pm 
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This is the most vegan question in the history of the internet!

And to answer it, you *SHOULD* be ok since it is not liquid. But I would call EU equivalent to the TSA (travel security in the US) to make sure. I know some people are fine with bringing peanut butter and hummus through security, and other times not. I asked a TSA agent (US) about it once, and she said it was at the discretion of the security officer. I joked that it was up to how hungry the security officer was.


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I would think it is vacuum packed it would be considered dry, like cheese, and maybe be okay? Although for international flights, you just never know. My last trip, I made it onto the plane without having to go through international security (woohoo Detroit) and managed to have a bottle of water and fruit, which never ever happens to me.

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I literally just went through security, and they made me toss my can of black beans, but my tupperware of tofu scramble was fine.

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Mars wrote:
I literally just went through security, and they made me toss my can of black beans, but my tupperware of tofu scramble was fine.

That is so strange about the black beans, but it may be your tofu scramble was easy to see what was in it? I know peanut butter sandwiches always make it through, but I, and everyone I know who has tried to bring a jar of pb through, have had to toss it.

So, your tofu may make it through if you're lucky, but only try it if it's worth the gamble to you.

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Chicki wrote:
This is the most vegan question in the history of the internet!



HA! I opened this thread because I wanted to say exactly this!

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not sure what UK customs is like, but coming back into canada, apparently it was super suspicious that i brought $60 worth of coffee back from the US and they searched my bags and opened the canisters up :(


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Chicki wrote:
This is the most vegan question in the history of the internet!



HA! I opened this thread because I wanted to say exactly this!

Me three! The thread title just makes me laugh.

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I've travelled with vacuum packed tofu in my hand luggage on more than one occasion with no problems. As long as there's no water you should be a-ok!

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I think the determining factor is how strict your airport security is. Some see all "pastes" as forbidden and tofu could definitely fit in that category, some are much more lenient. I often fly a route that has me go through security in Hamburg and again in Paris, and it has happened more than once that products that went through security just fine in Hamburg, had to be thrown away in Paris. Do you know your departure airport well? If not I'd give them a call.


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Whoa, thanks for the replies! I'll give it a try - security staff at my airport are usually quite friendly, too - and report back.

BTW, this is the exact tofu I'm talking about, and believe me, it's totally worth it. ;))

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Oh, something like that in the package and all, i think it will be fine.

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not sure what UK customs is like, but coming back into canada, apparently it was super suspicious that i brought $60 worth of coffee back from the US and they searched my bags and opened the canisters up :(

Seriously, my next trip I am bringing coffee to people and nothing gets the drug police going like flying somewhere with large amounts of coffee (especially when I'm coming from South America). I was just thinking about how I am going to have to pack for this. One time I flew back to Japan with lots of coffee and I got the whole pull-out-of-line-let's-get-the-drug-dog treatment (in Chicago? Detroit?)

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torque wrote:
Oh, something like that in the package and all, i think it will be fine.

postnothing wrote:
not sure what UK customs is like, but coming back into canada, apparently it was super suspicious that i brought $60 worth of coffee back from the US and they searched my bags and opened the canisters up :(

Seriously, my next trip I am bringing coffee to people and nothing gets the drug police going like flying somewhere with large amounts of coffee (especially when I'm coming from South America). I was just thinking about how I am going to have to pack for this. One time I flew back to Japan with lots of coffee and I got the whole pull-out-of-line-let's-get-the-drug-dog treatment (in Chicago? Detroit?)


I just flew back from Australia with about $60 worth of coffee and didn't have any trouble. I even declared it and they didn't seem too worried.

(the things to declare line was shorter)

I'm not very familiar with European airport security, but I am almost positive I could fly with a block of relatively firm tofu in the US and not worry about it.


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Lard OF TOFU!

That should be a subnick

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Well, for the coffee thing, a lot of people try to hide drugs in coffee, thinking it will cover up the smell. So that is why you probably got extra searched with bags of coffee.

I think that motherforking tofu will be fine on that motherforking plane.


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Jill wrote:
peanut butter sandwiches always make it through, but I, and everyone I know who has tried to bring a jar of pb through, have had to toss it.


This is because if the lid from the jar is removed from the peanut butter in mid flight, the peanut butter will depressurize too quickly and explode. But if the peanut butter is transported safely between two slices of bread, it will depressurize gradually through the porous structure of the bread, and you are safe to fly with it.

True story.


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RunLonger wrote:
Jill wrote:
peanut butter sandwiches always make it through, but I, and everyone I know who has tried to bring a jar of pb through, have had to toss it.


This is because if the lid from the jar is removed from the peanut butter in mid flight, the peanut butter will depressurize too quickly and explode. But if the peanut butter is transported safely between two slices of bread, it will depressurize gradually through the porous structure of the bread, and you are safe to fly with it.

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Sorry about not posting earlier, but some serious family stuff has come up.
ANYWAY: I'm at the airport right now, I'm through security, and my shoes (fake DMs) beeped but THE TOFU IS FINE AND GETTING ON A PLANE. :D


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Yay! Travelling tofu!

Btw I tried that tofu thanks to your loving it and I liked it a lot! Thanks for the hint!

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Just popping in to say I've also traveled with tofu (fresh, but not in much noticeable water) domestically in the US.

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