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.

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

Lipsticks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Liquid Bleach

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Liquid Medications

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • 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 security officers at the checkpoint for inspection.


Liquid Vitamins

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

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.


Lithium batteries with 100 watt hours or less in a device

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

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


Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours

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

Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours may be allowed in carry-on bags with airline approval. One spare battery, not exceeding 300 watt hours, or two spare batteries, not exceeding 160 watt hours each, are permitted in carry-on bags. For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.


Lithium Battery Powered Lighters

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: No

Live Coral

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: No

Live corals in water and a clear transparent container are allowed after inspection by the TSA officer.  


Live Fish

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: No

Live fish in water and a clear transparent container are allowed after inspection by the TSA officer.  


Live Lobster

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

A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. A TSA officer will visually inspect your lobster at the checkpoint. We recommend that you contact your airline to determine your airline's policy on traveling with your lobster before arriving at the airport.