Food grade lye on airplanes?
Up here in Alaska, finding food-grade lye is difficult. I live near the largest city (Anchorage), yet still haven't found a source for it. I'm planning on flying down to Vancouver over the holidays however and found several places to buy it down there ...which means I'd either have to ship it back (hazmat) or bring it back on the airline. Alaska Airlines told me it was OK as long as it was in my luggage, in original packaging, and was appropriately labeled. But they also told me that ACIDS were NOT allowed ...don't they know that a caustic is just as bad but at the alkaline end of the scale? It's powdered rather than liquid, so maybe that makes a difference to them. What I'm wondering is, how likely is it that the TSA folks will get their undies in a twist if they find this stuff in my luggage? I have no idea if it's on the list of substances that bad guys could use to do nefarious things or not ... Does anybody here know? Has anyone here transported food-grade lye in their luggage before? Comments?
PS: I'll be using the stuff for dipping pretzels and bagels, and if they force me to buy several pounds, then I may experiment with making homemade soap as well.