According to TSA regulations, you can bring yogurt on a plane in both your carry on and checked bags, though if packed in your carry on, the container must not exceed 3.4oz/100ml.

But does the type of yogurt you want to bring matter?

Do the rules change if you want to travel with yogurt internationally?

Will yogurt explode on a plane?

Let’s take a look.

Bringing Yogurt on a Plane – By Type of Yogurt

Traditional Yogurt

Traditional yogurt, regardless of what animal it is made from, is allowed in your carry on if the container it is in is no larger than 3.4oz/100ml.

If packed in your checked bag, there are no quantity limits.

Frozen Yogurt

The 3-1-1 Rule, which forbids liquids (along with gels and aerosols) that are in containers larger than 3.4oz/100ml, does not apply to frozen yogurt.

This is because frozen yogurt is a solid, not a liquid.

The caveat is that any frozen yogurt you want to pack in your carry on and pass airport security with must be frozen solid.

The TSA are very strict about this.

So if your frozen yogurt has partially melted, it will be confiscated and won’t be allowed through.

Drinkable Yogurt

As drinkable yogurt is in liquid form, the 3-1-1 Rule applies.

So drinkable yogurt is not allowed in your carry on and past airport security if it is in a container that is larger than 3.4oz/100ml.

If packed in your checked bag, there are no quantity limits.

Bringing Yogurt on International Flights

If you plan to bring yogurt on a plane and eat it before you arrive at your destination, there is nothing to worry about.

However, if you plan to bring yogurt from the USA into another country, you may not be allowed to.

This is because the rules surrounding bringing in dairy products from another country, including from the USA, can vary depending on the country you are flying to.

If you want to bring yogurt from another country into the USA, you shouldn’t run into any issues.

For milk and dairy products, “commercially-packaged and labelled, cooked, shelf-stable, fully finished food items in unopened packages are allowed”

However, keep in mind that you are required to declare all foods you are bringing into the USA.

If you don’t, it can result in up to $10,000 in fines and penalties

A Loophole to Bring Yogurt on a Plane

There is a loophole that allows you to bring yogurt larger than 3.4oz/100ml on a plane in your carry on.

If you are traveling with a baby or young child, you can say that the yogurt is for them.

The same goes for if you want to bring a water bottle on a plane in your carry on.

Will Yogurt Explode on a Plane?

Due to the changes in air pressure inside the cabin of a plane, it’s possible that any yogurt you bring onboard will explode.

If you really want to bring yogurt on a plane, make sure that you pack it in a ziplock bag.

If it does explode, at least it will explode inside the ziplock and won’t damage your belongings.

Robert Davis - Seasoned Flyer
Travel Management Consultant

Robert is an expert in commercial air travel with decades of experience in the travel industry, and has spent countless hours in airports and on planes for work.

Robert therefore has an unrivaled understanding of everything related to commercial air travel, and has been quoted or mentioned in major publications, such as Insider, Trip Savvy, ZDNet, and Bored Panda, showcasing his extensive knowledge and expertise in the field.