Around the holidays and hunting season, air travelers may wish to carry frozen steaks or meat onto a flight. Travelers flying within the United States have the freedom to carry uncooked meat on board or in checked luggage. International travelers, however, should never try to import fresh agricultural products by plane.
Non-liquid food products are allowed on board domestic flights in the U.S. without restriction, according to the Transportation Security Administration. This includes fresh foods such as frozen steak.
International flights have more restrictions about both processed and unprocessed foods such as steak and meat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forbids carrying meat or wild game into the country without a license.
Frozen steaks should be packed hygienically, but not sealed in a container, as airport security must be able to unwrap and access the meat for inspection at the security gate.
DryIceInfo.com states that passengers can preserve their cold products with up to two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of dry ice in an appropriate container carried on board an airplane. The container should have vents, meet size regulations for carry-on baggage and contain no wet ice.
Most restricted products that are openly declared at customs will simply be seized and destroyed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will impose fines on travelers who fail to declare agricultural products.