A Thanksgiving Throwback Thursday – Thanksgiving Dinner on a Plane

In honour of our friends in the US, a little Thanksgiving #TBT – Thanksgiving Dinner on a Plane.

This is from 2009 when we were traveling on Thanksgiving so our dear friends packed us a feast from their groaning board before we caught a cab to the airport.

Thanksgiving Dinner In The Air

Tips For Thanksgiving Dinner on Plane

  • get your food portioned into multiple containers just in case. That way if security refuses the stuffing, you might still have the pie to eat mid-flight.
  • gravy is NOT considered a liquid by airport security, especially if it’s already on your potatoes.
  • cranberry sauce is also permissible as long as it’s not too saucy.
  • any attempt to do this will result in many many many people asking if your brought enough for the whole plane.
  • pack napkins, lots of napkins!
  • hungry security guards and airport staff will attempt to confiscate your dinner, mostly in jest. But not entirely.
  • be nice to your Flight Attendant so they let you do this. (and might heat up your gravy if you are extra good.)
  • if you can, bring enough to at least share something with your seat mates.  A bag of extra biscuits or pumpkin pie tarts are a nice touch.

Note: rules on “outside food” may vary by airline.  Air Canada was very good about this, but I can’t guarantee other airlines will be.  (or even that Air Canada would be now.)

Happy US Thanksgiving.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

8 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Throwback Thursday – Thanksgiving Dinner on a Plane

  • November 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

    grrrr you had the biggest drumstick I’ve seen in a long time. I was worried they would turn you back just on that!

  • November 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

    i was more worried about the cranberry sauce… it was a bit sharp 😉

  • November 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    And a little #TBT thanks to the founder of that moveable feast Diane McConnell, Debra Bathgate, and Nancy Riven

  • November 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    that was a great meal with good friends and lots of family, and am so glad you and Gerry got to partake

  • November 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    cool, very carnivore like

  • November 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

    It was indeed. I think we had 3 kinds of roast beast – turkey, lamb and ham, but there may have been some beef in there too.


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