Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Grounded At Midway

Bob Roberts
May 25, 2018 - 9:17 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A deep dish pizza didn’t make the cut, regardless of official policy to the contrary, at one Midway Airport checkpoint. 

The photo accompanying Suzanne McBride's tweet tells it all: a frozen pizza crust shorn Friday morning of its sauce and toppings, with only a tiny speck remaining.     

McBride is no crackpot. She's Communications Department chair at Columbia College Chicago and an editor with two local newspapers.

She said Friday she was told the frozen pizza wasn't frozen enough, so the toppings and sauce would have to stay behind.

Matt Leas of the Transportation Security Administration said that reasoning shouldn't fly.

"TSA supports pizza going through checkpoints at any time," Leas said.  It has consistently answered “yes,” both in carry-on and checked luggage, in official policy statements and on an agency blog.

In fact, a page on TSA's "What Can I Bring" site is devoted exclusively to pizza. It says pizza is permitted, in both checked and carry-on luggage, but it ends with the notation that the final call belongs to the inspecting officer.