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.

 

Officers may ask you to power up your electronic device, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. TSA does not read or copy information from your device.

BB Guns

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Check with your airline to see if they allow firearms in checked bags. Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms.

When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.


Bear Bangers

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Bear spray

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Belts, Clothes and Shoes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

To help TSA officers get a clear look at your bag and reduce the need for additional screening, we suggest you pack your bag in neat layers.


Bicycle Chains

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bicycle Pumps

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bicycles

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

Billy Clubs

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Binoculars

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Biological specimens, non-infectious, in preservative solutions

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

The FAA has limits on preservative solution in checked baggage. No more than 30 ml of free liquid solution in each inner packaging and no more than one liter in the entire outer package. See FAA Regulations for more information.