Can You Bring Beef Jerky on Planes?

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Rules for Flights in the USA

In the United States, beef jerky is allowed in hand and cargo baggage without any restrictions. There isn’t a limit to how much beef jerky you can pack or a specific type allowed. All types of beef jerky are welcome onboard.

Keep in mind that beef jerky with any liquids or additional sauces is subject to TSA’s liquids rule. If the liquid content is over 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters, they won’t be allowed through airport security. These sauces would also need to be packed with other liquids in a 1-liter clear resealable bag. In checked luggage, there aren’t any quantity restrictions for liquids.

Rules for Flights in Other Countries


In flights within Canada, authorities don’t list beef jerky as a banned or allowed item. However, passengers arriving from the United States can carry cured meats in quantities for personal consumption.

Passengers arriving in Canada from international destinations aren’t allowed to bring any type of meat into the country.

Europe and United Kingdom

In Europe and the United Kingdom, beef jerky isn’t specifically mentioned as banned, but overall, foreign meat products of any kind aren’t allowed to enter these regions. This means you might be able to pack your beef jerky on your carry-on but you would need to consume it before landing at your destination’s airport. 


On Australian flights, you can bring jerky under certain conditions. First, it can’t be made out of pork. It must be manufactured in an FMD-free country and the package must be labeled with such country. The jerky should also be commercially packed and it should be completely sealed when reaching the country. This means homemade jerky won’t be allowed. The jerky shouldn’t require refrigeration and must be limited to personal consumption quantities. You should also declare the product when arriving in Australia.

New Zealand

On New Zealand flights, beef jerky isn’t specifically mentioned, but cured meat products are generally allowed in hand and cargo baggage. While pork products are forbidden, beef products are still allowed if they are commercially manufactured and packed. The package must be original and sealed, and it should have the country of origin on the label.


On Chinese flights, beef jerky isn’t listed as permitted or banned, but generally, though, beef jerky is allowed on flights as long as it’s commercially manufactured and packed in disposable packaging.


Indian authorities don’t list beef jerky as banned from aircraft. Although dry foods are generally allowed on carry-on and checked baggage, all meat products are forbidden from entering the country. However, there have been cases of passengers bringing beef jerky to India without significant problems. Keep in mind that in some states of India beef consumption is restricted or entirely banned.


Sources: For writing this article, we took information only from official sources, like airline regulators, government websites, and major airlines. If you want to confirm that our information is accurate and up to date, click on any of the links mentioned above. We linked out to where we found this information for each country.

Disclaimer: The final decision of whether you can bring beef jerky on planes always rests on the security officer. Some airlines also have additional rules that may be different.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bringing Beef Jerky on Planes

Do I need to take out beef jerky when going through security?

Generally, you don’t need to take out beef jerky when going through airport security in the United States. The general TSA rule is that you need to take out only large electronics and liquids from your bag. But, TSA does state that some agents might ask you to take snacks and food out of your bag to ease the screening process and to have an uncluttered view of your bag. It’s recommended to keep beef jerky and other snacks together in a snacks travel pouch, so they’re easy to retrieve in case you’re asked to.
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Should I pack beef jerky in hand or checked baggage?

You should pack beef jerky in hand baggage when flying in the United States. Most domestic airlines are dropping the complimentary snacks service and beef jerky is a quick and easy snack to consume inside the plane. Since TSA allows beef jerky in hand and cargo baggage, you won’t have any problem packing it in your carry-on. But, if you’re carrying a large quantity of beef jerky, leave only the necessary amount in your cabin baggage and store the rest in your checked baggage. That way, your bag won’t look cluttered when going through an x-ray screening machine.

Can I eat beef jerky during the flight?

Yes, you can eat beef jerky during a flight in the United States. Beef jerky is an approved snack by TSA, which means you can generally pack it and consume it during your flight. But, if your beef jerky has a particularly strong odor that disturbs other passengers, flight attendants might ask you to put it away.

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How much beef jerky can I bring on planes?

You can bring as much beef jerky as you’d like on planes in the United States. Beef jerky is one of the snacks approved by the TSA. But, TSA recommends keeping them organized, so if an agent asks you to take them out of the bag, it’s easy to do so.

Just remember that beef jerky with any liquids or sauces on them must follow the liquids rule when traveling in a carry-on.

Can beef jerky go through customs on international trips?

Beef jerky won’t always go through customs on international trips. The European Union, the United Kingdom, and India don’t allow any meat products (cured or not) into their countries. Yet, some passengers have claimed to have traveled with beef jerky without any problems.

In AustraliaNew Zealand, and China, you can only bring commercially manufactured and packed beef jerky.
In Canada, you can only import cured meat if you’re traveling from the United States.

That said, in most cases, you can consume your beef jerky on the plane, before arriving at your destination, in which case, it shouldn’t be a problem traveling with it.

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