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.

Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: No

The FAA prohibits these devices in checked bags. 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.


Electronic Toothbrush

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRB)

  • Carry On Bags: Check with Airline
  • Checked Bags: Check with Airline

Empty beverage container

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Empty Water Bottle

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Engine-powered Equipment Completely Purged of Fuel

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

No amount of fuel may remain in the engine, including residual vapors.

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


Engine-powered Equipment with Residual Fuel

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Engine-powered equipment with residual fuel (e.g., chainsaws, generators, trimmers, etc.) is not allowed in carry-on or checked bags. No amount of fuel may remain in the engine, including residual vapors.

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


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.