Is Pesto a Liquid? Genoa Airport Authorities Think It’s Not!


You can say many things about Pesto: you can love it or hate it, you can think it’s luscious, or simply overrated.

What you cannot say about pesto is that it is not a liquid, unless of course you are flying out of Genoa Airport.

I ran into this piece in The Guardian (access here) and I found it both amusing and disturbing at the same time.

Genoa seems to be so proud of their pesto that airport authorities at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (IATA: GOA, ICAO LIMJ) have granted special airport waivers to travellers with pesto jars on their carry-on luggage.

The initiative allows passengers to bring up to 500 g (17.6 oz.) of their local pesto sauce on your carry-on when flying out. The counterpart: the traveller must donate 0,50 € (or more) to a charity that airlifts sick children to hospitals.

From the article:

The airport said this week that €500 had been raised in the first 20 days of the initiative, which was inspired by the anguish of so many foodies having their pesto confiscated when trying to get through security.


Pesto is good. I like it. But it is a liquid. Not only that, it is oil-based, and oils are flammable liquids that can be ignited.  How can traveling with 500 g of pesto sauce be considered ‘safer’ than traveling with 200 ml of shampoo is beyond me. One extra sign that all the ‘security screenings’ we go through at airports and most of the carry-on bans imposed in recent years is all utterly b***sh**.

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