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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.

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

Carry-On Checked
Aerosols

Aerosols are prohibited with the exception of personal care items or toiletries in limited quantities.

Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is not allowed.
Bear Bangers Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Blasting Caps Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Chlorine for Pools and Spas Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Cigarette/Cigar Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D) Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Dynamite Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices

The FAA prohibits these devices in checked baggage. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside.

Item is allowed. Item is not allowed.
Fire Extinguishers and Other Compressed Gas Cylinders Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Fireworks Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol Paint Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Flammable Paints Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Fuels

Cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel is prohibited. 

Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Gas Torches Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Gasoline Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Gel-Type Candles Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Hand Grenades Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Lighter Fluid Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
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 exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.

Item is allowed. Item is not allowed.
Liquid Bleach Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Lithium batteries with 100 watt hours or less in a device

Lithium batteries with 100 watt hours or less may be carried in a device in either carry-on or checked baggage. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked baggage. For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.

Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours

Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours may be allowed in carry-on baggage with airline approval, but are limited to two spare batteries per passenger. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked baggage. For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.

Item is allowed. Item is not allowed.
Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol

Up to 3.4 oz./100.55 ml or less that fit in one, clear, plastic, quart-sized, resealable bag.

Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol more than 3.4 oz./100.55 ml.

More than 3.4 oz./100.55 ml.

Item is not allowed. Item is allowed.
Realistic Replicas of Explosives Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Recreational Oxygen

Non-medically required, flavored or canned oxygen containers are prohibited.

Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Safety Matches

One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.

Item is allowed. Item is not allowed.
Small Compressed Gas Cartridges

Up to two in life vests and two spares. The spares must accompany the personal flotation device and presented as one unit.

Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Spillable Batteries

Except those in wheelchairs.

Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Spray Paint Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Strike-anywhere Matches Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Tear Gas

Self-defense sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Torch Lighters

Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 °F) 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.

Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Turpentine and Paint Thinner Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.
Vehicle Airbags Item is not allowed. Item is not allowed.