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.

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.

Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.

Honored as one of "30 Under 30" by TTG Media (the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper), a "Tour Operator Travel Guru" and "Legend Award" winner, Ella is also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel, a Member of the Association of Women Travel Executives, has completed over 250 travel modules, and hosts travel-focused segments on national radio shows where she provides insights on travel regulations and destinations.

Ella has visited over 40 countries (with 10 more planned this year).