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What can I bring on an airplane?



Travelers have different ideas of what they want to do in a destination, and sometimes, that means bringing along some extra things in your suitcase to make it happen. From birthday celebrations to romance trips to simply just "getting your vacation on," there are a million ideas about what you could bring along on your trip. But... are those items safe to bring on an airplane?


We never want you to have to face the embarrassment of having your suitcase ripped apart in from on TSA and having your items thrown in the trash the airport. If this happens to you -- just know we all know someone who has been there before.


As your preferred travel advisors, we felt we should share this A to Z list of what is and isn't allowed to go on an airplane according to TSA. It's also fun to watch videos of "fun" carry-ons traveling through the airport on the TSA's Facebook and Instagram.


Tip: If you are looking for something specifically hold Ctrl+F on your keyboard to search this webpage for that item.



 


Air Mattress with Built-in Pump

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Air mattresses with built-in pump are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.

Airbrush Make-up Machine

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries should be carried in carry-on baggage. Most other consumer devices containing batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage. For more information to portable electronic devices, see the FAA regulations.

Alcoholic beverages

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Check with your airline before bringing any alcohol beverages on board. FAA regulations prohibit travelers from consuming alcohol on board an aircraft unless served by a flight attendant. Additionally, Flight Attendants are not permitted to serve a passenger who is intoxicated. Alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags. Mini bottles of alcohol in carry-on must be able to comfortably fit into a single quart-sized bag. For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: No

Alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol (over 140 proof), including grain alcohol and 151 proof rum. For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Ammunition

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees. Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms. When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.

Antlers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Arc Lighters, Plasma Lighters, Electronic Lighters, E-Lighters

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: No

Measures must be taken to prevent unintentional activation of the heating element while on board the aircraft. Examples of effective measures to prevent unintentional activation include, but are not limited to: removing the battery from the lighter; placing the lighter into a protective case; and/or using a protective cover, safety latch, or locking device on the lighter's activation button. Each lithium ion battery must not exceed a Watt-hour (Wh) rating of 100 Wh; or for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of 2 grams. Recharging of the devices and/or the batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted. See FAA regulations for more information.

Axes and Hatchets

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Baby Carrier

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Baby Food

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Baby food is allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. Please see traveling with children for more information.

Baby Formula

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Breast milk and formula are considered medically necessary liquids. This also applies to breast milk pumping equipment (regardless of presence of breast milk). You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk. Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you are carrying formula, breast milk and/or juice in excess of 3.4 ounces. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. TSA officers may need to test the liquids for explosives or concealed prohibited items. Officers may ask you to open the container and/or have you transfer a small quantity of the liquid to a separate empty container or dispose of a small quantity, if feasible. Screening these liquids may include bottle liquid scanners, Explosive Trace Detection, X-Ray and Liquid Container Screening. If you do not want the formula, breast milk and/or juice to be X-rayed or opened, please also inform the TSA officer. Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property. Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice - regardless of the presence of breast milk - are also allowed in carry-ons. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above. You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage. These items may be subject to additional screening.

Please see traveling with children for more information. Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may request assistance by contacting TSA Cares online or by phone at (855) 787-2227.


Balloons (not inflated)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Baseball Bats

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage.

Basketballs/Baseballs/Footballs/Soccer Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Battery powered wheel chairs and mobility devices

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Spillable batteries are allowed in wheelchairs and mobility devices, where the battery may remain installed if it is securely attached to the mobility device and the battery housing provides protection from damage, the terminals are protected from short circuit, and the battery remains in an upright position when stowed on the aircraft. See FAA regulations Non-spillable batteries may require additional measures based on battery type. See FAA regulations. Lithium metal (non-rechargeable lithium) batteries are forbidden with these devices. Lithium ion batteries must be removed from this type of mobility device and battery terminals protected from short circuit. The battery must be protected from damage (e.g. by placing each battery in a protective pouch). The lithium ion batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only. The passenger must advise the airline of the battery location. The airline must notify the Pilot-in-command of the battery location in the cabin. For complete passenger instructions contact your airline. Advance arrangements and extra check-in time may be necessary. The airline may need to remove the battery and package it separately if the wheelchair cannot be stowed upright in the cargo compartment. Wheelchairs and other mobility devices are permitted through the checkpoint but not permitted into the cabin of the aircraft.


Bicycle Pumps

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Binoculars

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Biological specimens, non-infectious, in preservative solutions

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

The FAA has limits on preservative solution in checked baggage. No more than 30 ml of free liquid solution in each inner packaging and no more than one liter in the entire outer package. See FAA Regulations for more information.


Blender

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Blenders are allowed in carry-on bags if the blade has been removed. Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Blood Sugar Test Kit

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please notify the TSA officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin, and insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified. Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.

Bottle Opener

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Bottled Water

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Bowling Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked bags.


Breast Milk

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Breast milk and formula are considered medically necessary liquids. This also applies to breast milk pumping equipment (regardless of presence of breast milk). You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk. Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you are carrying formula, breast milk and/or juice in excess of 3.4 ounces. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. TSA officers may need to test the liquids for explosives or concealed prohibited items. Officers may ask you to open the container and/or have you transfer a small quantity of the liquid to a separate empty container or dispose of a small quantity, if feasible. Screening these liquids may include bottle liquid scanners, Explosive Trace Detection, X-Ray and Liquid Container Screening. If you do not want the formula, breast milk and/or juice to be X-rayed or opened, please also inform the TSA officer. Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property. Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice - regardless of the presence of breast milk - are also allowed in carry-ons. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above. You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage. These items may be subject to additional screening. Please see traveling with children for more information. Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may request assistance by contacting TSA Cares online or by phone at (855) 787-2227.

Breast Pump

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bug Repellent

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

The FAA limits the total amount of restricted medicinal and toiletry articles, including aerosols, in checked baggage. The total aggregate quantity per person cannot exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) or 2 L (68 fluid ounces). The capacity of each container must not exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces). See the FAA regulations for more information. Note that only bug repellants to be applied to the skin are accepted. Insect repellents or insecticides designed to be sprayed in the air or at the insect are not permitted in either carry on or checked baggage. Permitted aerosol release devices (button/nozzle) must be protected with a cap or other means to protect against accidental release.


Candy

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible. TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.


Cheese (Solid)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.

Child Car Seat

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.


Christmas Lights

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Cigarettes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Cigars

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Coffee (Beans or Ground)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.


Disposable and Zippo Lighters

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Disposable and Zippo lighters without fuel are allowed in checked bags. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked bags, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.

Disposable Razor

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.


Drills and Drill Bits

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Electric Razors

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: No

Electronic smoking devices are allowed only in carry-on baggage. Passengers are required to take effective measures for preventing accidental activation of the heating element of the device when transporting the devices. See the FAA regulations for examples of effective measures. Each lithium ion battery must not exceed a Watt-hour (Wh) rating of 100 Wh; or for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of 2 grams. Check with your airline on any limitations on the number of devices that can be carried for personal use by a passenger.

Electronic Toothbrush

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries should be carried in carry-on baggage. Most other consumer devices containing batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage. For more information to portable electronic devices, see the FAA regulations .


Empty beverage container

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Empty Water Bottle

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

EpiPens

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection. Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.

Extension Cord

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please carefully pack your electronics items, making sure all cords are wrapped and any DVDs, CDs, or cassettes are removed from their devices. While you can pack expensive, fragile electronics items in checked or carry-on bags, we recommend packing them in your carry-on.


External Medical Devices

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Inform the TSA officer if you have a bone growth stimulator, spinal stimulator, neurostimulator, port, feeding tube, insulin pump, ostomy or other medical device attached to your body and where it is located before the screening process begins. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition. Submit the device for X-ray screening if you can safely disconnect. Consult with the manufacturer of the device to determine whether it can pass through the X-ray, metal detector or advanced imaging technology for screening. If you cannot disconnect from the device, it may require additional screening and those in sensitive areas are subject to careful and gentle inspection. For more information, see TSA special procedures. If you need assistance with screening, you may ask for a Passenger Support Specialist or a Supervisory TSA Officer. Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage. Most other consumer electronic devices containing batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage. For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.

Eye Drops

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Fidget Spinners

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Firecracker

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: No

Fireworks

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: No


Fishing pole

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Fishing rods are permitted in carry-on and checked bags; however, passengers should check with the airline to confirm that the fishing rod fits within size limitations for carry-on items. Sharp fishing tackle that may be considered dangerous, such as large fish hooks, should be sheathed, securely wrapped, and packed in your checked bags. Like other high-value objects, you may wish to pack expensive reels or fragile tackle that does not pose a security threat (small flies) in your carry-on bags.


Flashlights

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Flowers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Fresh flowers are allowed through the checkpoint without water.


Foam Yoga Blocks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Football Helmets

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags within the continental United States. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible. Passengers flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland cannot take most fresh fruits and vegetables due to the risk of spreading invasive plant pests.

Fresh Meat and Seafood

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Meat, seafood and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted. You also can pack frozen perishables in your carry-on or checked bags in dry ice. The FAA limits you to five pounds of dry ice that is properly packaged (the package is vented) and marked.

Frozen Food

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Meat, seafood, vegetables and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted.


Game Consoles (example: XBOX or Playstation)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please place the console in a separate bin for X-ray screening.


Glow Sticks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Glow sticks must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags. Please place them in a single, quart-size bag with other liquids, gels and aerosols.

Golf Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Golf Clubs

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Guitar

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Please check with your airline for their policy. Musical instruments must undergo screening when transported as carry-on or in checked bags. Musical instruments transported as carry-on require a physical inspection at the security checkpoint. Inform the TSA officer if your instrument requires special care and handling. Pack brass instruments in your checked bags.

Gum

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Hair Spray

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

The FAA limits the total amount of restricted medicinal and toiletry articles, including aerosols, in checked baggage. See the FAA regulations for more information. Permitted aerosol release devices (button/nozzle) must be protected by caps or other suitable means to prevent accidental release.

Hair Straightener, flat iron (cordless)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: No

Cordless hair straighteners that contain lithium metal or lithium ion batteries or are gas or butane fueled are only allowed in carry-on bags. A safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element. The device must be protected from accidental activation. For more information to portable electronic devices, see the FAA regulations. Gas refills (spare cartridges) are not permitted.


Handcuffs

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Heated Jackets / Sweaters

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

See the FAA regulations on batteries.


Hookahs

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Hot Plate

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

iPod

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Juice for Babies

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Breast milk and formula are considered medically necessary liquids. This also applies to breast milk pumping equipment (regardless of presence of breast milk). You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.

Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you are carrying formula, breast milk and/or juice in excess of 3.4 ounces. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. TSA officers may need to test the liquids for explosives or concealed prohibited items. Officers may ask you to open the container and/or have you transfer a small quantity of the liquid to a separate empty container or dispose of a small quantity, if feasible. Screening these liquids may include bottle liquid scanners, Explosive Trace Detection, X-Ray and Liquid Container Screening.

If you do not want the formula, breast milk and/or juice to be X-rayed or opened, please also inform the TSA officer. Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property.

Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice - regardless of the presence of breast milk - are also allowed in carry-ons. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above. You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage. These items may be subject to additional screening.

Please see traveling with children for more information.

Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may request assistance by contacting TSA Cares online or by phone at (855) 787-2227.


Knives

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.

Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.


Laptops

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please remove the laptops from your bag and place it in a separate bin for X-ray screening.

TSA PreCheck® travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. Please see TSA PreCheck® for more information.


Live Coral

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: No

Live corals in water and a clear transparent container are allowed after inspection by the TSA officer.

Live Fish

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: No

Live fish in water and a clear transparent container are allowed after inspection by the TSA officer.

Live Lobster

  • Carry On Bags: Check with Airline

  • Checked Bags: Yes

A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. A TSA officer will visually inspect your lobster at the checkpoint. We recommend that you contact your airline to determine your airline's policy on traveling with your lobster before arriving at the airport.


Magnets

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Martial Arts Weapons

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Medical Devices

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: No

Medical Devices Containing Radioactive Material, implanted, ingested, injected, or fitted externally as a result of a medical treatment

Medical Marijuana

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities. TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.


Medications (Pills)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.


Nuts

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.

Oils and Vinegars

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.

Paintings

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Parachutes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

You may transport parachutes, either with or without Automatic Activation Devices, in carry-on or checked bags. Parachutes should always be packed separately from other baggage. If a TSA officer determines that a bag must be opened to inspect the parachute, you must be present to assist in the inspection. If you are not within the screening area, you will be paged using the airport intercom system; if you are not present to assist with screening the parachute, the parachute will not be allowed on the plane. For this reason, passengers with parachutes are encouraged to add 30 minutes to the airlines' recommended arrival window. TSA is not responsible for repacking parachutes. All parachutes should be thoroughly inspected at their end destination to make sure that the equipment is still safe to use.

Party Poppers

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: No

Peanut Butter

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.


Pet food (solid)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Dry or "moist" pet food is considered solid food.

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.


Pillows

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Pizza

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.


Planting seeds

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Plants

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Play-doh

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes


Pocket Knife

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

In general, you are prohibited from traveling with sharp objects in your carry-on baggage; please pack these items in your checked baggage.

Pool Cues

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Projectors

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please place the console in a separate bin for X-ray screening.


Rocks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Rope

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sabers

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Safety Matches

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: No

One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.

Safety pin

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sandwiches

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.


Selfie Stick

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Shoe/Snow Spikes

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage.

Skateboards

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Skateboards are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.


Tattoo Guns

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries should be carried in carry-on baggage. Most other consumer devices containing batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage. For more information to portable electronic devices, see the FAA regulations.

Tattoo Inks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Television

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please carefully pack your electronics items and make sure all cords are wrapped. While you can pack expensive, fragile electronics items in checked or carry-on bags, we recommend packing them in your carry-on. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Tennis Rackets

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Toys (Adult)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

What Can I Bring?

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists below. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. Read about civil penalties for prohibited items. For items not listed here, simply snap a picture or send a question to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter. We look forward to answering your questions, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET weekdays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends/holidays. The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint. Officers may ask you to power up your electronic device, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. TSA does not read or copy information from your device. Search by A-Z Tripods

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Trophy

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Turpentine and Paint Thinner

  • Carry On Bags: No

  • Checked Bags: No

Tweezers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors. Umbrellas

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Umbrellas are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.


Vacuum Sealed Bags

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Vacuum sealed clothes bags are allowed but not encouraged. If they alarm, we may need to open them for inspection.


Violins

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Musical instruments must undergo screening when transported as carry-on or in checked baggage. Musical instruments transported as carry-on require a physical inspection at the security checkpoint. Inform the TSA officer if your instrument requires special care and handling. Pack brass instruments in your checked baggage.

Check with your airline prior to your flight to ensure your instrument meets the aircraft size requirements.


Wedding Dress

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

You can bring a wedding dress through the security checkpoint for screening, but we strongly recommend that it is packed safely in a garment-style bag or other packaging to protect it during the screening process. We also recommend that you contact your airline to determine their policy for bringing and stowing the dress on the airplane, as well as how it fits into their carry-on bag limitations.

If for some reason your dress cannot fit through the checkpoint x-ray machine for screening, alternate screening procedures will be taken to clear the dress and your garment bag will need to be opened.


Wine bottle

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Check with your airline before bringing any alcohol beverages on board. FAA regulations prohibit travelers from consuming alcohol on board an aircraft unless served by a flight attendant. Additionally, Flight Attendants are not permitted to serve a passenger who is intoxicated.

Alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags.

Mini bottles of alcohol in carry-on must be able to comfortably fit into a single quart-sized bag.

For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Xbox

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please carefully pack your electronics items and make sure all cords are wrapped. While you can pack expensive, fragile electronics items in checked or carry-on bags, we recommend packing them in your carry-on. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Yoga Mat

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

  • Checked Bags: Yes



 

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