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Can someone bring a turkey on an airplane?

Old Nov 8, 2023, 1:08 pm
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Can someone bring a turkey on an airplane?

Let's assume that the turkey is demised. It's passed on. It's no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to seek its maker. It is a late turkey. It's bereft of life. It rests in peace.

Can one bring it on an AA flight (SFO-DFW-MSY), either fresh (although hopefully on ice) or frozen?
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 1:10 pm
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Might be easier to bring a live one on board -- as long as it's a "support" turkey.
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Might be easier to bring a live one on board -- as long as it's a "support" turkey.
Don't tell him that!

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Old Nov 8, 2023, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Might be easier to bring a live one on board -- as long as it's a "support" turkey.
It would make a great conversation with the agent if the dead turkey is being passed off as a support turkey: "It's resting." "You've stunned him just as he was waking up."
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 1:19 pm
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Why not? TSA doesn't care and the airline doesn't inspect your carry-on. Just make sure it fits in the sizer.
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 1:27 pm
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If it's on dry ice, make sure it's less than 5.5lbs and that you tell AA.

Example

Dry ice for packing perishable items

Allowed for travel?

Yes

Notes

You can travel with up to 5.5 lbs/2.5 kgs as carry-on if:
  • Packed in a vented, hard plastic or heavy gauge styrofoam container
  • You tell a ticket or gate agent
https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...cted-items.jsp
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 1:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Blumie
Let's assume that the turkey is demised. It's passed on. It's no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to seek its maker. It is a late turkey. It's bereft of life. It rests in peace. https://youtu.be/vZw35VUBdzo?si=ZCNv2UDZLWbe4_eL

Can one bring it on an AA flight (SFO-DFW-MSY), either fresh (although hopefully on ice) or frozen?
The problem would be the ice. Wet you have to make sure it isn't melted, else it falls under the liquids requirements. Dry you have to be less than what is posted above. Flying back from Cabo we always deep freeze our fish and put in a cooler in cargo. Never an issue. Maybe the reusable ice packs would be best.

Would it be easier to buy said bird in NOLA after you land or is it a special free range organic heritage bird only available in the Bay Area?
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 2:13 pm
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I agree about putting it in a cooler and checking it as luggage.


If you want to bother with taking it in a carryon, you just have to make sure the ice isn't melted when you go through TSA, and make sure it's packaged where it won't drip onto anyone else's items in flight.
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 2:28 pm
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I'm pretty sure you can bring a jive turkey on board:

https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/jive-turkey/
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 3:31 pm
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Just don't end up like this guy:
The next day, the family gets in line to board the flight to Billings, but at the last minute Hank is required to check the box with his turkey, although he wanted to carry it on the plane but can't because of its awkward shape. The family gets on the plane, and sees the crew loading up all the bags. Unfortunately, when they come to Hank's turkey box, the security dogs bark at it. This makes the crew mistakenly believe that the box contains a bomb. So the squad comes out and explodes the box, ruining the turkey to Hank's horror.

kingofthehill.fandom.com/wiki/Happy_Hank%27s_Giving

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Old Nov 8, 2023, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Blumie
It would make a great conversation with the agent if the dead turkey is being passed off as a support turkey: "It's resting." "You've stunned him just as he was waking up."
I wonder if turkeys ever pine for the fjords.
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 4:18 pm
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 4:40 pm
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I know someone who took a turducken on a plane
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 4:46 pm
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Does it still have its plumage?
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Old Nov 8, 2023, 4:52 pm
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As God Is My Witness...

I thought turkeys could fly.....

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