Where’s my suitcase full of moose meat? It’s a question Liam English wishes he didn’t have to ask. The man lost his suitcase flying from Newfoundland to Ontario, which is always an inconvenience, but in his case, it was full of frozen moose meat. English told CBC that was in St. John’s last week for a family funeral and decided to bring 11 kilograms of frozen moose meat back home in his checked luggage. When he arrived in Toronto, his suitcase wasn’t there and it has been missing since.
Photo courtesy FlickrCC/icanchangethisrightTravelling with regional food and drink is nothing new. Maybe you’ve bought liquor, jam or other tasty treats at a duty-free shop. Or you’ve brought home a few tins of fois gras or bottles of wine from vacation. The TSA even allows travellers to bring pies and cakes as carry-on luggage, but it it may be subject to additional screening. I’ve bought live lobsters right inside the airport in Moncton, N.B. The convenient kiosk allows you to pick up your dinner on the way out of town, so you can enjoy them at home. You can even call ahead and have lobsters packed in a cardboard box, ready for you to carry on and pop in the overhead compartment. I enjoyed our delicious Mini Fish and Vegetable Pies made with Newfoundland cod, thanks to my friend bringing back a suitcase of frozen fish over Christmas. Considering you’re only in the air for a few hours, the food arrives at your destination still frozen. But what happens when you stuff a suitcase full of moose meat and it gets lost? After a few days missing and possibly thawing, I don’t know if I’d want it back. Have you ever brought food back in your luggage?