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.

Flashlights

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Flowers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Fresh flowers are allowed through the checkpoint without water.


Foam Toy Sword

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Foam Yoga Blocks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Football Helmets

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Fork

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formaldehyde solution, less than 10 percent

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

Formaldehyde solutions of less than 10% are not restricted as hazardous materials. Leak-proof packaging with absorbent material is still strongly encouraged.  For formaldehyde solutions containing more than 10% formaldehyde, see separate entry for "Biological specimens in preservative solutions."

Tip: Full-strength "Formalin" is typically 35%-40% formaldehyde by volume. So a solution that is less than 25% Formalin would be less than 10% formaldehyde and not restricted.


Foundation

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

Freezer packs

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

Frozen liquid items and gel packs are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.


Fresh Eggs

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.