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For the safety and security of the traveling public, TSA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and/or airlines have prohibited certain items from being brought onto airplanes in carry-on and/or checked bags. To help you plan ahead and avoid the potential of additional screening, be sure to check out the prohibited items list below and pack accordingly.

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It’s important to know that 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. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. Also, please note that some dangerous items below are illegal in certain states and passengers will be subject to state law. It is a passenger’s responsibility to be aware that origination and destination cities may have local laws prohibiting the possession of these items.

Sharp Objects

Item Prohibited
  Carry-on? Checked?
Box Cutters NO OK
Ice Axes/Ice Picks NO OK
Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives NO OK
Meat Cleavers NO OK
Razor-Type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted) NO OK
Sabers NO OK
Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited NO OK
Swords - cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils NO OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

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Sporting Goods



Item Carry-on? Checked?
Baseball Bats NO OK
Bows and Arrows NO OK
Cricket Bats NO OK
Golf Clubs NO OK
Hockey Sticks NO OK
Lacrosse Sticks NO OK
Pool Cues NO OK
Skates (including ice skates and rollerblades) OK OK
Ski Poles NO OK
Spear Guns NO OK
For more information, please read our Traveling with Special Items section.

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Guns & Firearms

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Ammunition - Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. 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. Read our Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
BB guns NO OK

Compressed Air Guns (to include paintball markers) - Carried in checked luggage without compressed air cylinder attached.

NO OK

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 our Firearms & Ammunition sectionAs defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 - "A loaded firearm means a firearm that has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm."

NO OK
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. Read our section on Camping and Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
Flares NO NO
Gun Lighters NO NO
Gun Powder including black powder and percussion caps NO NO
Parts of Guns and Firearms
Read our Firearms & Ammunition section.
NO OK
Pellet Guns NO OK
Realistic Replicas of Firearms NO OK
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. Read our Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
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.

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Tools

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Axes and Hatchets NO OK
Cattle Prods NO OK
Crowbars NO OK
Hammers NO OK
Drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills) NO OK
Saws (including cordless portable power saws) NO OK
Tools (greater than seven inches in length) NO OK
Wrenches/Pliers/Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length) OK OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

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Martial Arts & Self Defense Items

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Billy Clubs NO OK
Black Jacks NO OK
Brass Knuckles NO OK
Kubatons NO OK
Self Defense Sprays - One 4 ounce (118ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in Checked Baggage. For more information visit www.faa.gov., click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly. NO OK
Martial Arts Weapons NO OK
Night Sticks NO OK
Nunchucks NO OK
Stun Guns/Shocking Devices NO OK
Throwing Stars NO OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

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Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items

Explosive Materials Carry-on? Checked?
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 Carry-on? Checked?
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
Common Lighters - Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation (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 leave it at home. OK NO
Torch Lighters - Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit) and more intense than those from common lighters. Torch lighters are often used for pipes and cigars, and maintain a consistent stream of air-propelled fire regardless of the angle at which it is held. Torch lighters continue to be banned. NO NO
Strike-anywhere Matches - One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage. NO NO
Flammable Paints (See Other Items below for non-flammable paints) NO NO
Turpentine and Paint Thinner NO NO
Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries 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.
Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items Carry-on? Checked?
Chlorine for Pools and Spas NO NO
Small compressed gas cartridges
(Up to 2 in life vests and 2 spares. The spares must accompany the life vests and presented as one unit)
OK OK
Fire extinguishers and other compressed gas cylinders NO NO
Liquid Bleach NO NO
Recreational Oxygen (non-medically required, flavored or canned oxygen containers) NO NO
Spillable Batteries - except those in wheelchairs NO NO
Spray Paint NO NO
Tear Gas - Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN). NO NO
Vehicle Airbags NO NO
NOTE: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov.

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Other Items


Item Carry-on? Checked?
Gel-type candles NO OK
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint NO NO
Non-flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint Yes - 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller container OK
Snow globes (unless otherwise
prohibited)*
OK OK
 
*Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized, re-sealable bag, as the passenger’s other liquids, such as shampoo, toothpaste and cosmetics.
**Illegal controlled substances: TSA’s screening procedures, which are governed by federal law, are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.  As has always been the case, if during the security screening procedures an officer discovers an item that may violate federal law, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement. Law enforcement officials will determine if further action is appropriate.

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Latest revision: 21 March 2014