While the list of restricted items for carry-on luggage on airplanes is extensive, there’s a surprising amount of things that can be taken on airplanes in checked baggage.
The Transport Security Administration (TSA) released a video on Instagram that shows a block of raw, seemingly frozen chicken traveling around a baggage claim carousel.
Upon close inspection, the chicken is not contained in any fashion: it’s simply sitting directly on the baggage claim belt, wholly raw and unprotected in a neatly formed “block.”
TSA took the time to lay the “dad jokes” on thick, as their Instagram profile proudly boasts “Travel Tips & Dad Joke Hits.”
The post begins, “There’s a personal fowl on the carousel…”
Fortunately, the chicken is not touching the luggage on either side of it, but it is directly touching the baggage claim belt.
Though the TSA tagged Seattle in the post, they haven’t confirmed the exact location.
It begs for answers to a few very important questions: who checks raw chicken for luggage, how did it end up bare meat, and maybe most importantly, is raw meat allowed to be checked as baggage?
TSA answered at least two of those questions, “Can chickens fly? Well… assuredly, no poultry is flying like this. We hear at one time these wings and thighs were cooped up in a cooler. Somewhere between baggage and the carousel, they became free-range.”
According to TSA, raw meat can be transported if it has been properly packaged.
The Instagram post instructs travelers, “Don’t wing your travel packing. In order to keep from ruffling any feathers, meat should be properly packaged. Ice or dry ice is permitted to keep the flock chilled.”
It’s unclear how the chicken freed itself from its cooler-cage, but TSA told Newsweek that, “Our understanding is that it fell out of a cooler behind the block of chicken (and you can see the chicken is still in cooler shape). Our guess is that the owner did not think about the lid coming open and did not tape it securely enough.”
TSA took the opportunity to offer assistance to anyone who has further questions about traveling in dad joke style.
“If you are pecking around the internet for travel tidbits, nest time reach out to our hens and roosters at #AskTSA. They’ll take your raw travel questions and cookout an egg-cellent answer.”