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Prohibited Items

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.

 

The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

Carry-On Checked
BB Guns Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Ammunition

Check with your airline if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage.  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.

Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Compressed Air Guns

Including paintball markers, may be carried in checked baggage without compressed air cylinder attached.

Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Firearms

Firearms carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.  Read the guidelines.

Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Flare Guns

Flare Guns may be carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, within hazardous material regulations, and declared to the airline at check-in.

Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Flares Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Gun Lighters Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Gun Powder

Including black powder and percussion caps.

Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Parts of Guns and Firearms Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Pellet Guns Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Realistic Replicas of Firearms Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Starter Pistols

Can only be carried as checked baggage and MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.

Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.