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My father is a Vegetarian and a frequent traveler.

Due to this it sometimes becomes difficult for him to get a well-balanced diet on flights and airports. Since he travels quite often, he eats anything vegetarian he can find but prefers home cooked food.

As an Indian, home cooked food can sometimes contain curry in the form of Pulses or Lentils or something (adequate source of protein). He prefers this kind of food while waiting on airports during the layover.

Currently he only carries Apples or some other fruit to help him during the flight. Is it possible for him to carry something additional to that in his carry-on as well?

For instance, Curry or other semi-solid food, Egg (he eats egg due to health constraints) or Boiled bottle gourd or anything Semi-solid along with some small quantity of juice.

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He can ask for vegetarian meal when he flies. Most international airline I flew with offer special meals if request beforehand. – vasin1987 Feb 18 at 6:46
@vasin1987 That's basically what he does, this question was in motivation for a better solution. :) – Aditya Somani Mar 3 at 5:25
This is rather late, but I've brought leftover curry on a plane before. TSA didn't even notice. Might be worth it just to bring it in an inconspicuous disposable container and have a plan B – Azor-Ahai Mar 29 at 20:43
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In short, no, he can't realistically bring them on board: under TSA rules, semi-solid foods are considered "gels" and thus fall under the "liquids, aerosols and gels" restriction of 3 bottles x 100 ml max, and these rules are applied worldwide on international flights.

You could still probably bring a few tiny containers of curry and something dry to eat them with (chapattis, naan etc), but you'd be lucky to get a single meal out of that. "Pies and cakes" are apparently allowed though, so samosas and the like might be OK?

TSA has a handy web app that lets you search for specific items, but Indian food isn't really covered. Also, in general, security tends to err on the side of "ban all of the things". I've had a ~120ml tin of canned sprats (small fish) confiscated, the apparent logic being that because it's over 100ml and contains some liquid (oil), it could be used to make a taste explosion or something.

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That is SO disappointing. Is it OK if the food is dry but is home-cooked i.e not packaged? – Aditya Somani Mar 31 '14 at 2:49
Probably. See this site for further guidance: – jpatokal Mar 31 '14 at 2:54
This is great. Can you add this link to the answer above as well. I feel it completes the query completely! Thanks a ton! – Aditya Somani Mar 31 '14 at 2:58
Also depending where you're going you might have to make sure you do eat home-cooked food (or leave it in the trash) because of food import restrictions. No doubt your father already knows about this if he typically carries fruit! Anything home-cooked is by definition not raw fruit/vegetables, but is at risk of being judged "unsure, keep it out to be safe". – Steve Jessop Mar 31 '14 at 11:53
Not all fruits are allowed either (Duriyan for example). – Ayesh K Mar 31 '14 at 12:03

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