What Can I Bring?

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.

For items not listed here, simply snap a picture or send a question to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter. We look forward to answering your questions, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET weekdays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends/holidays.

 

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

Engines and Engine-powered Equipment Completely Purged of Fuel

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Check with Airline

Engines must be completely purged of all liquid or gaseous fuel, including residue and vapors, to be allowed in checked baggage.

Even if completely purged, some airlines may refuse to allow engine powered equipment in baggage if it has ever contained fuel.

Please check with your airline prior to traveling for their policy.

For battery powered equipment, see separate entry.


Engines and Engine-powered Equipment with Residual Fuel

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Though allowed in checked baggage by international regulations, engines using fuels, internal combustion engines, or fuel cell engines are not allowed in baggage in the United States.

Engines and engine-powered equipment that are totally purged of fuel and vapors may be carried as checked baggage (see separate entry).

For battery powered equipment, see separate entry.


English Christmas Crackers

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

EpiPens

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.


Extension Cord

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please carefully pack your electronics items, making sure all cords are wrapped and any DVDs, CDs, or cassettes are removed from their devices. While you can pack expensive, fragile electronics items in checked or carry-on bags, we recommend packing them in your carry-on.


External Medical Devices

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Inform the TSA officer if you have a bone growth stimulator, spinal stimulator, neurostimulator, port, feeding tube, insulin pump, ostomy or other medical device attached to your body and where it is located before the screening process begins. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition.

Submit the device for X-ray screening if you can safely disconnect. Consult with the manufacturer of the device to determine whether it can pass through the X-ray, metal detector or advanced imaging technology for screening.

If you cannot disconnect from the device, it may require additional screening and those in sensitive areas are subject to careful and gentle inspection. For more information, see TSA special procedures.

If you need assistance with screening, you may ask for a Passenger Support Specialist or a Supervisory TSA Officer.

Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage.  Most other consumer electronic devices containing batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.

For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.


Eye Drops

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Eye Liners (liquid)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Fertilizer

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Fidget Spinners

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes