TSA Permitted and Prohibited Items List
Updated September 30, 2006: The TSA has recently made changes that allow for passengers to carry-on small amounts toiletries under certain conditions. To comply with the new rules, each of your toiletries must be 3oz or less (most drug stores have a section that features these smaller travel sizes) and you must place all the toiletries in a single quart-size zip-top bag. You must remove this zip-top bag from your carry-on for screening at the security checkpoint. Read more about the new TSA Carry-on Rules. When traveling in the USA, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enforces rules on what type of items can be carried aboard your flight in your carry-on bags, as well as what can be packed in your checked baggage. The following lists detail which items are allowed, and which are prohibited.
 
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Make-up & Toiletries ( > 3oz. and not in a clear bag)
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topcial or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc. No Yes
Bug sprays No Yes
Bubble bath including gel or liquid filled bubble bath balls or bath oils or moisturizers No Yes
Gel deodorants No Yes
Gel cap type pills No Yes
Hair styling gels No Yes
Hair sprays of all kinds including aerosol No Yes
Nail polishes, such as those shown here, are now prohibited from the security checkpoint and in your carry-on baggage. Hair straightener or detangler No Yes
Lip gels, glosses or liquids No Yes
Liquid foundations No Yes
Liquid soaps No Yes
Make up removers or facial cleansers No Yes
Mascara No Yes
Mouthwash No Yes
Nail polish and removers No Yes
Perfumes or colognes No Yes
Toothpaste No Yes
Food & Drinks
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
All beverages No Yes
Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling Yes Yes
Empty Camelbaks, similar backpacks and water bottles Yes Yes
Gel based sports supplements No Yes
Jellos No Yes
Puddings No Yes
Yogurts or gel like substances No Yes
Personal Items
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
Baby teethers with gel or liquid inside No Yes
Children's toys with gel inside No Yes
Cigar Cutters Yes Yes
Corkscrews Yes Yes
Cuticle Cutters Yes Yes
Eyeglass Repair Tools (including screwdrivers) Yes Yes
Eyelash Curlers Yes Yes
Gel candles No Yes
Gel shoe inserts No Yes
Knitting and Crochet Needles Yes Yes
Knives - prohibited as carry-on except for plastic or round bladed butter knives. No 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. Click here for details
Medication and Special Needs Devices
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
Blood sugar treatment up to 8 oz. of liquid or gel Yes Yes
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
Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket Yes Yes
Non-Prescription medicine up to 4 oz. 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
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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 (PDA’s) 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
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
Box Cutters No Yes
Ice Axes/Ice Picks No Yes
Knives - prohibited as carry-on except for plastic or round bladed butter knives. 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
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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
Can I take it? Carry-on Checked
Guns and Firearms
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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 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
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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 Click here for details 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
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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. Click here for details
Disabling Chemicals and Other Dangerous Items
Item Type Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
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. Click here for details
 
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