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Permitted and Prohibited Items

 

Prohibited items are weapons, explosives, incendiaries, and include items that are seemingly harmless but may be used as weapons - the so-called "dual use" items. You may not bring these items to or through security checkpoints without authorization.

If you bring a prohibited item to the checkpoint, you may be criminally and/or civilly prosecuted or, at the least, asked to rid yourself of the item. A screener and/or Law Enforcement Officer will make this determination, depending on what the item is and the circumstances. Bringing a prohibited item to a security checkpoint - even accidentally - is illegal.

Your prohibited item may be detained for use in an investigation and, if necessary, as evidence in your criminal and/or civil prosecution. If permitted by the screener or Law Enforcement Officer, you may be allowed to: consult with the airlines for possible assistance in placing the prohibited item in checked baggage; withdraw with the item from the screening checkpoint at that time; make other arrangements for the item, such as taking it to your car or mailing it to yourself; or, voluntarily abandon the item. Items that are voluntarily abandoned or confiscated by a Law Enforcement Officer cannot be recovered and will not be returned to you. Property claims for these items will also be denied by TSA.

The following chart outlines items that are permitted and items that are prohibited in your carry-on or checked baggage. You should note that some items are allowed in your checked baggage, but not your carry-on. Also pay careful attention to the "Notes" included at the bottom of each section - they contain important information about restrictions and exceptions.

The prohibited and permitted items chart is not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure everyone's security, the screener may determine that an item not on the prohibited items chart is prohibited. In addition, the screener may also determine that an item on the permitted chart is dangerous and therefore may not be brought through the security checkpoint.

The chart applies to flights originating within the United States. Please check with your airline or travel agent for restrictions at destinations outside of the United States.

For updates and for more information, call our Consumer Response Center toll-free at 1-866-289-9673 or email .

 

Can I take it?

Carry-on

Checked

Personal Items

Cigar Cutters

Yes

Yes

Corkscrews

Yes

Yes

Cuticle Cutters

Yes

Yes

Eyeglass Repair Tools (including screwdrivers)

Yes

Yes

Eyelash Curlers 

Yes

Yes

Knitting and Crochet Needles

Yes

Yes

Knives, round-bladed butter or plastic

Yes

Yes

Nail Clippers

Yes

Yes

Nail Files

Yes

Yes

Personal care or toiletries with aerosols, in limited quantities (such as hairsprays, deodorants)

Yes

Yes

Safety Razors (including disposable razors)  

Yes

Yes

Scissors - plastic or metal with blunt tips

Yes

Yes

Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades longer than four inches in length

No

Yes

Toy Transformer Robots

Yes

Yes

Toy Weapons (if not realistic replicas)

Yes

Yes

Tweezers

Yes

Yes

Umbrellas (allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed)

Yes

Yes

Walking Canes (allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed)

Yes

Yes

Note: Some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. The FAA regulates hazardous materials. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov, click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly.

Medication and Special Needs Devices

Braille Note-Taker, Slate and Stylus, Augmentation Devices

Yes

Yes

Diabetes-Related Supplies/Equipment, (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed) including: insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products; vials or box of individual vials; jet injectors; pens; infusers; and preloaded syringes; and an unlimited number of unused syringes, when accompanied by insulin; lancets; blood glucose meters; blood glucose meter test strips; insulin pumps; and insulin pump supplies. Insulin in any form or dispenser must be properly marked with a professionally printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label.

Yes

Yes

Nitroglycerine pills or spray for medical use (if properly marked with a professionally printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label)

Yes

Yes

Ostomy Scissors - All scissors with blades four inches or less

Yes

Yes

Prosthetic Device Tools and Appliances, including drill, allen wrenches, pullsleeves used to put on or remove prosthetic devices, if carried by the individual with the prosthetic device or his or her companion

Yes

Yes

Electronic Devices

Camcorders

Yes

Yes

Camera Equipment

The checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film in camera equipment. We recommend that you either put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on baggage or take undeveloped film with you to the checkpoint and ask the screener to conduct a hand-inspection.

Yes

Yes

Laptop Computers

Yes

Yes

Mobile Phones

Yes

Yes

Pagers

Yes

Yes

Personal Data Assistants (PDAs)

Yes

Yes

Note: Check with your airline or travel agent for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic items during your flight.

Sharp Objects

Box Cutters
No

Yes

Ice Axes/Ice Picks

No

Yes

Knives (any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery)

No

Yes

Meat Cleavers

No

Yes

Razor-Type Blades, such as box cutters, utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge, but excluding safety razors

No

Yes

Sabers

No

Yes

Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades longer than four inches

No

Yes

Swords

No

Yes

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

Sporting Goods

Baseball Bats

No

Yes

Bows and Arrows

No

Yes

Cricket Bats

No

Yes

Golf Clubs

No

Yes

Hockey Sticks

No

Yes

Lacrosse Sticks

No

Yes

Pool Cues

No

Yes

Ski Poles

No

Yes

Spear Guns

No

Yes

Guns and Firearms

Ammunition - Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. If ammunition is permitted, it must be declared to the airline at check-in. Small arms ammunitions for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply.

No

Yes

BB guns

No

Yes

Compressed Air Guns

No

Yes

Firearms

No

Yes

Flare Guns

No

No

Gun Lighters

No

No

Gun Powder

No

No

Parts of Guns and Firearms

No

Yes

Pellet Guns

No

Yes

Realistic Replicas of Firearms

No

Yes

Starter Pistols

No

Yes

Note: Check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply. All of the firearms listed above, as well as the frame or receiver of such firearms, carried as checked baggage, MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided gun case, and declared to the airline at check-in.

Tools

Axes and Hatchets
No

Yes

Cattle Prods

No

Yes

Crowbars

No

Yes

Hammers

No

Yes

Drills (including cordless portable power drills)

No

Yes

Saws (including cordless portable power saws)

No

Yes

Tools (greater than seven inches in length)

No

Yes

Tools (seven inches or less in length)

Yes

Yes

Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)

Yes

Yes

Wrenches and Pliers (seven inches or less in length)

Yes

Yes

Note: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.

Martial Arts/Self Defense Items

Billy Clubs

No

Yes

Black Jacks

No

Yes

Brass Knuckles

No

Yes

Kubatons

No

Yes

Mace/Pepper Spray

One 118 ml or 4 Fl. oz. container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. For more information visit www.faa.gov, click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly.

No

Yes

Martial Arts Weapons

No

Yes

Night Sticks

No

Yes

Nunchakus

No

Yes

Stun Guns/Shocking Devices

No

Yes

Throwing Stars

No

Yes

Note: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.

Explosive Materials

Blasting Caps

No

No

Dynamite

No

No

Fireworks

No

No

Flares (in any form)

No

No

Hand Grenades

No

No

Plastic Explosives

No

No

Realistic Replicas of Explosives

No

No

Flammable Items

Aerosol (any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities)

No

No

Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel)

No

No

Gasoline

No

No

Gas Torches

No

No

Lighter Fluid

No

No

Lighters *

No *

No *

Strike-anywhere Matches **

No **

No **

Turpentine and Paint Thinner

No

No

Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries

No

No

*All lighters are prohibited as carry-on items. Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the DOT exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case. If you are uncertain as to whether your lighter is prohibited, please refrain from bringing it to the airport.

** Up to 4 books of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.

Note: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov, click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly.

Disabling Chemicals and Other Dangerous Items

Chlorine for Pools and Spas

No

No

Compressed Gas Cylinders (including fire extinguishers)

No

No

Liquid Bleach

No

No

Spillable Batteries (except those in wheelchairs)

No

No

Spray Paint

No

No

Tear Gas

No

No

Note: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov, click on Passengers , then Preparing to Fly.

 
 
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