Pack Your Dirty Underwear Away From Your Peanut Butter!

15 Apr

Travelling foodies beware, not only does the title of this post make perfect hygienic sense (please, I don’t want to eat anything that has come into close proximity with dirty laundry), the densities of peanut butter and cheese are similar to that of the explosive Semtex, meaning packing these foodie goodies into your checked suitcase will almost always set off the security scanners and result in a manual search of your luggage (information courtesy of the airport luggage system design seminar I attended tonight).  So if you’re freaked out by the idea of TSA agents going through your undies and other potentially embarrassing items, keep that wedge of pecorino in a separate bag!

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10 Responses to “Pack Your Dirty Underwear Away From Your Peanut Butter!”

  1. foodczar 04/15/2008 at 9:16 am #

    Donna, thanks for giving your loyal readers the heads up on cheeses and peanut butter. They should also be careful when packing salsas and jellies as well. Thanks again!

  2. Deacon-Frost 04/15/2008 at 9:47 am #

    I would have never thought of that. So now I will just have to eat it all before i get on the plane. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. luniz 04/15/2008 at 10:46 am #

    Awesome info Donna, thanks to you I’ll be traveling with extra peanut butter and cheese and enjoying every second of it.

  4. michaela0416 04/15/2008 at 12:51 pm #

    I’m so glad I read this AFTER eating lunch!

  5. michelle 04/17/2008 at 11:50 am #

    hilarious. what an amusing piece of trivia… i did a double take when i read that title 🙂

  6. Wolfram 04/17/2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks for the heads-up on the composition similarities. I was not aware of that. I was however told glass in general causes issues in the x-ray machine… or at least that’s what I was told when I tried to, and I quote “…smuggle cloudberry jam from Sweden”. This was pre 9-11, but it still may hold true.

  7. melody 04/17/2008 at 7:25 pm #

    donna, this was great info, and i apologize in advance for all the extra hits this piece is getting–i put a link to this in an adoption chat group because so many people talk about taking peanut butter with them when they travel to adopt their children…mea culpa, but enjoy the celebrity in a completely unanticipated circle!

    -melody (from chow)

  8. donnaaries 04/17/2008 at 9:30 pm #

    melody, hey if the advice applies, I certainly welcome new readership. Thanks for putting up the link!

  9. Ann 04/19/2008 at 7:34 pm #

    Just saw the link on RQ. Very funny. Many families traveling to China to pick up little ones take peanut butter in case they can’t find anything acceptable to eat in China? We had great food in China, 3 billion people can’t be wrong!

  10. Phil 05/04/2008 at 5:34 pm #

    That is very interesting, what if I bring something that contains peaunt butter (like a bag full of mini Reeses). Would that set it off as well?

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