Have you ever wondered what the protocol is for bringing food on a plane? I definitely have. And so, it seems, has Chrissy Teigen, who over the weekend tweeted at American Airlines asking if she would be able to bring a casserole dish of scalloped potatoes on an upcoming flight. The meal, she claimed, was her “emotional support dish” and would replace the traditional suitcase or backpack as her single carry-on.
Because Twitter never fails to disappoint, American Airlines actually chimed in. They deferred Teigen to TSA’s official Twitter account.
I would like to bring my emotional support casserole on my flight today— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 24, 2018
It’s not a bag it’s a casserole— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 24, 2018
From there, the plot thickened: The TSA joined in and delivered some welcome news.
That's a good question, Christine! Scalloped potatoes are allowed in carry-on and checked bags. You can place them in a ceramic casserole dish. We hope you enjoy!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) February 24, 2018
According to the TSA’s website, it seems Teigen’s casserole does indeed comply with regulations. They have extensive instructions as to what is and isn’t allowed on a plane, and while there’s no specific designation regarding scalloped potatoes, the policy does allow for passengers to bring solid foods (however nebulous that category may be) as carry-ons.
With permission secured, Teigen got to cooking. As always, she kept the masses on Twitter nicely looped in:
And finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for. Teigen, savvy as she is with social media, even let her followers keep up with a video of the casserole making its way through security. Bound in a plastic container, her emotional support dish slid along the conveyor belt and into a metal detector. Would it make it???
Her scalloped potatoes are apparently TSA-grade because next came a picture—Teigen and her potatoes ready to fly. Feeling inspired? I am. And I’m craving some gooey, cheesy potatoes. Here are some recipes inspired by Teigen’s trusty travel companion.
What’s your emotional support dish? Let us know what you’d take on a flight with you in the comments.