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Since: 20.6.02
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Hi, guys!

I'm planning a vacation for April: the itinerary would be as such:

1: flying from home to Salt Lake City to spend a few days with my Mom.
2: taking the Greyhound to Las Vegas to spend a day touring the sights,
3: Flying home.

Pretty simple, right?

Question is...how does the TSA like travellers who have an itinerary like that? Will they give me a rough time or disallow entry into the US from Canada?

Also, what of food? My wife wants me to bring home some burgers from a place in Vegas - can I put those in my luggage to bring home?

Dumb questions, I know...but I haven't travelled to the US in over a decade.

I may have more questions as answers are given...so allez-y!

Thanks!



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Since: 16.2.07
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
The tsa.gov website has a pretty cool feature now where you fill in the blank on items you aren't sure you can fly with, something like, 'Can I take ____ on the plane with me?'. I got pulled aside last month for having peanut butter, for example, so that's a no-no.

I know you can take food on the plane to eat with you, but not sure about carrying it in your luggage. How are you going to keep the burgers cold?
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Since: 27.6.02

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.80
It'd probably be better all around to ship the burgers home.



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Since: 20.6.02
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
We're talking about fast food - I'd be more concerned about keeping thrm warm, but we have a microwave for that. :)



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Since: 26.3.03
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To me, burgers are an "immediate" food. If she wants these burgers to see what the fuss is about, then she'll likely be disappointed with them after you've carried them all the way back and reheated them.

That said, always do what your wife asks you to do.

How long is the flight back? I ate a burger once that had been sitting with no refrigeration for about 4 hours and got REALLY sick.

Are you flying home from Vegas, or taking the bus back to SLC then flying home? I don't THINK having a different departure city would be a big deal, but that's something to check.



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Since: 20.6.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
Its a restaurant that my wife used to love back home in the Philippines. It just so happens that there's a location in Vegas.

I think the flight back home is five hours, direct.

The plan is fly to SLC, then Greyhound to Vegas, then fly home. Theoretically, of course.

Are there airlines to avoid?



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Since: 24.3.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.21
http://www.beaware.gc.ca/english/brirape.shtml
Allowed to be brought from the US into Canada:
Meat and poultry products (for example, jerky, sausages, deli meats and patties, fois gras)
* up to 20 kilograms per person
* packages must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is
* proof of country of origin may be required

The itinerary doesn't seem like a problem to me, but I don't fly much either.
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Since: 2.1.02
From: Chandler, AZ

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I doubt the burgers would be a problem. My daughter goes to college in Indianapolis, and when she flies back here (Phoenix), she brings a crave case of White castles with her for me. She never had any problems (except with other passengers who wondered about the smell..
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Since: 24.3.02
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.21
    Originally posted by Java
    I doubt the burgers would be a problem. My daughter goes to college in Indianapolis, and when she flies back here (Phoenix), she brings a crave case of White castles with her for me. She never had any problems (except with other passengers who wondered about the smell..

He's dealing with international customs though. That's different than domestic flights.
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Since: 2.1.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.34
    Originally posted by Oliver
    Hi, guys!

    I'm planning a vacation for April: the itinerary would be as such:

    1: flying from home to Salt Lake City to spend a few days with my Mom.
    2: taking the Greyhound to Las Vegas to spend a day touring the sights,
    3: Flying home.

    Pretty simple, right?

    Question is...how does the TSA like travellers who have an itinerary like that? Will they give me a rough time or disallow entry into the US from Canada?

    Also, what of food? My wife wants me to bring home some burgers from a place in Vegas - can I put those in my luggage to bring home?

    Dumb questions, I know...but I haven't travelled to the US in over a decade.

    I may have more questions as answers are given...so allez-y!

    Thanks!



I've gone to and from the States many times in the last few years. I refuse to fly out of Canada because:

A) Price is insane
B) You can't bring anything back. If it's an object, it's restricted.

Here is my advice if at ALL possible; drive to the closest airport over the border and fly out of there. I go out of Syracuse now when I need to go anywhere. It saves me hassle, and money. You might see your airline costs cut in half, if this is at all a feasible solution for you.
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Since: 28.1.02
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Since: 10.12.01
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.43
    Originally posted by Oliver
    Question is...how does the TSA like travellers who have an itinerary like that? Will they give me a rough time or disallow entry into the US from Canada?
If they give you a rough time or disallow entry, it won't have anything to do with the itinerary. That's not a big deal at all.

Having said that, given Vegas' popularity as a tourist destination, you might be further ahead price-wise to get a round-trip to Vegas and then bus to Salt Lake City and back. That would also give you a little more time in Vegas.
    Originally posted by Oliver
    My wife wants me to bring home some burgers from a place in Vegas - can I put those in my luggage to bring home?
I've never had a problem bringing back processed food from the US, but I've never tried bringing back restaurant food. You'll have to declare it, but I can't see it being a big deal - I think your worst-case scenario is they say "no" and you can't bring it. You won't wind up in Guantanamo over it.
Oliver
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Since: 20.6.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
    Originally posted by cfgb

    I've gone to and from the States many times in the last few years. I refuse to fly out of Canada because:

    A) Price is insane
    B) You can't bring anything back. If it's an object, it's restricted.

    Here is my advice if at ALL possible; drive to the closest airport over the border and fly out of there. I go out of Syracuse now when I need to go anywhere. It saves me hassle, and money. You might see your airline costs cut in half, if this is at all a feasible solution for you.
I think the Alberta/Montana border is about five or so hours south of me. Oh, and I don't drive. So while that's a great idea (I did that a couple of times when I lived in Toronto), that's not a possibility. Offly enough, there was an advertising campaign here called "Stop The Calgary Habit" to convince people to use our own airport instead of the next nearest large city. Of course, it failed, but mostly because flying from Calgary is indeed cheaper and they have a better airport. But... I digress.

    Originally posted by KJames199
    If they give you a rough time or disallow entry, it won't have anything to do with the itinerary. That's not a big deal at all.

    Having said that, given Vegas' popularity as a tourist destination, you might be further ahead price-wise to get a round-trip to Vegas and then bus to Salt Lake City and back. That would also give you a little more time in Vegas.
I did a little research: RT to Vegas from Edmonton is about thirty dollars less than Edmonton to SLC. Greyhound one way is fifty bucks. The main advantage of going to Vegas, however, are direct flights.

    Originally posted by KJames199
    I've never had a problem bringing back processed food from the US, but I've never tried bringing back restaurant food. You'll have to declare it, but I can't see it being a big deal - I think your worst-case scenario is they say "no" and you can't bring it. You won't wind up in Guantanamo over it.
But they have great health care there! At least, so sez Michael Moore






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Since: 3.1.02
From: Northern NJ

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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.83
I live at the airport for work - or so it seems. Two one way tickets from different cities on the same itinerary is no big deal. Paying cash for a one way the day of the flight will send up the red flag.

You can carry a burger onto the plane in the states with no problem. You can even get a burger through security. Put it in your carry-on. Not sure however aboutstill having that burger on you when you land in Canada. Work doesn't send me up your way anymore.

Every airline flies out of Vegas. Find the one that works best for you. No matter how much you may like an airline, there is someone else who will equally hate them. Delta is the main carrier in & out of SLC if that helps.



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Since: 16.2.05

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#15 Posted on
    Originally posted by Oliver


    Also, what of food? My wife wants me to bring home some burgers from a place in Vegas - can I put those in my luggage to bring home?





In-n-out burgers, I would guess? Sounds like a fun trip.
Oliver
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Since: 20.6.02
From: Kolob

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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
    Originally posted by carnage
      Originally posted by Oliver

      Also, what of food? My wife wants me to bring home some burgers from a place in Vegas - can I put those in my luggage to bring home?


    In-n-out burgers, I would guess? Sounds like a fun trip.
Jollibee, actually. One of her favorites. Just mentioning it gets her misty-eyed.

I get the same way when thinking about Pondarosa.



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Mr. Boffo
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Since: 24.3.02
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.21
Well Patricia in Vancouver says the burgers reheat really well, so that's good.
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Since: 25.2.02

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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.86
    Originally posted by Oliver
    Jollibee, actually. One of her favorites. Just mentioning it gets her misty-eyed.
Just so you know, the Jollibee burgers at the US outlets are, by those in the know, inferior to the Jollibee burgers of the Philippines. Most blame the low fat content of US beef for this.

But if you do go, pack them in dry ice and ship them back to Canada. You won't be able to carry them through TSA, but you can pack them in checked baggage (at least on the US side...no telling how Canada customs would handle them.)

(PS - Jollibee chicken and spaghetti are ten kinds of awesome.)

(PPS - Let me know your Vegas dates if you do this and I'll see about timing one of my Vegas trips to meet up and show you around.)
Zeruel
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Since: 2.1.02
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.39
    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
    Most blame the low fat content of US beef for this.


70/30, or 60/40 if you can make it yourself, is great for a nice juicy burger.

I've heard chefs say this time and again, "If there is no fat, there is no flavor."



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Oliver
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Since: 20.6.02
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
      Originally posted by Oliver
      Jollibee, actually. One of her favorites. Just mentioning it gets her misty-eyed.
    Just so you know, the Jollibee burgers at the US outlets are, by those in the know, inferior to the Jollibee burgers of the Philippines. Most blame the low fat content of US beef for this.

    But if you do go, pack them in dry ice and ship them back to Canada. You won't be able to carry them through TSA, but you can pack them in checked baggage (at least on the US side...no telling how Canada customs would handle them.)

    (PS - Jollibee chicken and spaghetti are ten kinds of awesome.)

    (PPS - Let me know your Vegas dates if you do this and I'll see about timing one of my Vegas trips to meet up and show you around.)
I'm not sure whether to make my trip to Vegas a day trip or merely a stopover. The Greyhound sched suggests I can arrive at either 1:30am or 3:00pm - and the flight I want to take to get home is at 7:00pm. Seems the Greyhound and a Jollibee location are on the same bus route as the Airport.

Yes, I don't drive.

But yeah - once I book my flight, I'll let you know and we can hang out. Any other W's out way...or even in Salt Lake City?

    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Mr Heel II
      Most blame the low fat content of US beef for this.


    70/30, or 60/40 if you can make it yourself, is great for a nice juicy burger.

    I've heard chefs say this time and again, "If there is no fat, there is no flavor."
Interesting rhetoric. Oddly enough, I don't eat beef anymore. It's all chicken, fish and salads. for Oli.

(edited by Oliver on 23.12.12 1354)


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