Permitted and Prohibited Items

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What Can I Bring?

On Tuesday, September 26, TSA adjusted the ban on liquids, gels, and aerosols.

Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.

With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint.

  1. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
  2. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
  3. Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

Please keep in mind that these rules were developed after extensive research and understanding of current threats. They are intended to help air travelers bring essential toiletries and other liquids, gels and aerosols for short trips. If you need larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols such as toothpaste or shampoo, please place them in your luggage and check them with your airline.

To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers there are no limits on the amounts of the following liquids, gels and aerosols you may carry through a security checkpoint:

  • Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling;
  • All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes;
  • Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition;
  • Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs;
  • Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids; and,
  • Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.

You are not limited in the amount or volume of these above items you may bring in your carry-on baggage. However, if these items are in containers larger than three ounces, please perform the following:

  1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
  2. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
  3. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.

We have also taken steps to ensure the security of the boarding areas after you pass through our security checkpoints. Therefore, any liquid, gel or aerosol, such as coffee or soda, purchased in the secure area beyond the security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane.  Please note that if you have a layover and are re-screened at your connecting airport the current rules (see above) for carry-ons apply.

To effectively communicate important security information, we translated these changes into a variety of languages.

You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items as such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids.

We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by being prepared before you arrive. We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines. Please pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked baggage even if you do not normally check a bag.

In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols numerous other potentially dangerous items are not permitted in carry-on baggage. We strongly encourage travelers to read more about previously prohibited items to avoid complications during screening.

It is unlikely that additional changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in the near future.

This security regimen applies to all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports. Travelers should, however, check with transportation security authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.

 

Makeup & Personal Items

 Carry-onChecked
Aerosol spray bottles and cansYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.Yes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizersYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Bug and mosquito sprays and repellentsYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Cigar CuttersYesYes
CorkscrewsYesYes
Cuticle CuttersYesYes
Deodorants made of gel or aerosolYes -3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Eye drops - You are allowed to carry a 3 oz. or smaller container of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. There is no restriction on the amount you may carry, but containers greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.YesYes
Eyeglass Repair Tools - including screwdrivers.YesYes
Eyelash Curlers YesYes
Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics - Gel-filled bras may be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.YesYes
Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosolYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Hair Straightener or DetanglerYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Knitting and Crochet NeedlesYesYes
Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.NoYes
Lip gels such as Carmex or BlistexYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lipsYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filledYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Liquid foundationsYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognesYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Liquid sanitizersYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Liquid soapsYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Liquid mascaraYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Make up removers or facial cleansersYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
MouthwashYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Nail ClippersYesYes
Nail FilesYesYes
Nail polish and removersYes -3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.YesYes
Personal lubricants - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.YesYes
Safety Razors - including disposable razors.YesYes
Saline solution - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.YesYes
Scissors - plastic or metal with blunt tips.YesYes
Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length.YesYes
Shampoos and conditionersYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
ToothpasteYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Toy Transformer RobotsYesYes
Toy Weapons - if not realistic replicas.YesYes
TweezersYesYes
Umbrellas- allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.YesYes
Walking Canes - allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.YesYes
NOTE: Some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. The FAA regulates hazardous materials.

 

Medication & Special Needs Devices

Please make sure your medications are properly labeled with a professionally printed label identifying the medication and manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label. The prescription medicine must match the name on the passenger's ticket.

All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening.

 

Electronic Devices

 Carry-onChecked
Camcorders (See below)YesYes
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. (See below)YesYes
Laptop Computers (See below)YesYes
Mobile Phones (See below)YesYes
Pagers (See below)YesYes
Personal Data Assistants (PDA's) (See below)YesYes
NOTE: We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on bags.
NOTE: Check with your airline or travel agent for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic items during your flight.

 

Sharp Objects

 Carry-onChecked
Box CuttersNoYes
Ice Axes/Ice PicksNoYes
Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knivesNoYes
Meat CleaversNoYes
Razor-Type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge, but excluding safety razors.NoYes
SabersNoYes
Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inchesYesYes
SwordsNoYes
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

 

Sporting Goods

 Carry-onChecked
Baseball BatsNoYes
Bows and ArrowsNoYes
Cricket BatsNoYes
Golf ClubsNoYes
Hockey SticksNoYes
Lacrosse SticksNoYes
Pool CuesNoYes
Ski PolesNoYes
Spear GunsNoYes

 

Guns & Firearms

 Carry-onChecked
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.NoYes
BB gunsNoYes
Compressed Air GunsNoYes
Firearms - firearms carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.NoYes
Flare Guns - May be carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.NoYes
FlaresNoNo
Gun LightersNoYes
Gun Powder including black powder and percussion capsNoNo
Parts of Guns and FirearmsNoYes
Pellet GunsNoYes
Realistic Replicas of FirearmsNoYes
Starter PistolsNoYes
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 the frame or receiver of such firearms, carried as checked baggage, MUST be unloaded, packed in locked hard-sided gun case, and declared to your airline at check-in.

 

Tools

 Carry-onChecked
Axes and HatchetsNoYes
Cattle ProdsNoYes
CrowbarsNoYes
HammersNoYes
Drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills)NoYes
Saws (including cordless portable power saws)NoYes
Tools (greater than seven inches in length)NoYes
Tools (seven inches or less in length)YesYes
Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)YesYes
Wrenches and Pliers (seven inches or less in length)YesYes
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

 

Martial Arts & Self Defense Items

 

 Carry-onChecked
Billy ClubsNoYes
Black JacksNoYes
Brass KnucklesNoYes
KubatonsNoYes
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.NoYes
Martial Arts WeaponsNoYes
Night SticksNoYes
NunchakusNoYes
Stun Guns/Shocking DevicesNoYes
Throwing StarsNoYes
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

 

Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items

 

Explosive MaterialsCarry-onChecked
Blasting CapsNoNo
DynamiteNoNo
FireworksNoNo
Flares (in any form)NoNo
Hand GrenadesNoNo
Plastic ExplosivesNoNo
Realistic Replicas of ExplosivesNoNo

 

Flammable ItemsCarry-onChecked
Aerosol (any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities)NoNo
Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel)NoNo
GasolineNoNo
Gas TorchesNoNo
Lighter FluidNoNo
Lighters - 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 DOT exemptions, which allow 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.NoNo
Strike-anywhere Matches - Up to 4 books of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.NoNo
Flammable Paints (See Other Items below for non-flammable paints)NoNo
Turpentine and Paint ThinnerNoNo
Realistic Replicas of IncendiariesNoNo

 

Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous ItemsCarry-onChecked
Chlorine for Pools and SpasNoNo
Compressed Gas Cylinders - including fire extinguishersNoNo
Liquid BleachNoNo
Spillable Batteries - except those in wheelchairsNoNo
Spray PaintNoNo
Tear GasNoNo

 

Food & Drinks

 Carry-onChecked
Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in containers LARGER than 3 oz.NoYes
Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size, zip-top plastic bag.YesYes
Beverages purchased after security screeningYesYes
Baby formula and food, breast milk and other baby items - These are allowed in your carry-on baggage or personal items. You can take these through the security checkpoints and aboard your plane. However, you must be traveling with a baby or toddler. All items including formula or breast milk will be inspected.YesYes
Canned or jarred goods such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jelliesYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Cheese in pressurized containersYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Duty free alcohol and other itemsYes, but some restrictions apply.Yes
Gel based sports supplementsYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Jell-O'sYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
PuddingYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Whipped creamYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Yogurt or gel like food substancesYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes

 

Other Items

 Carry-onChecked
Gel-type candlesNoYes
Gel shoe inserts - Gel shoe inserts are not permitted, but shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened.NoYes
Non-flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paintYes - 3 oz. or smaller containerYes
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paintNoNo
Snow globes and like decorations regardless of size or amount of liquid inside, even with documentation.NoYes

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