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.

Blasting Caps

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Blender

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

Blenders are allowed in carry-on bags if the blade has been removed.

Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.


Blood Sugar Test Kit

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please notify the TSA officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin, and insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.


Bobby Pins

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bocce Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Body Armor

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Generally, body armor is allowed in carry-on or checked bags. Please note however that even if an item is generally allowed, our officers make the final decision on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.


Books

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Books often require additional screening. The TSA officer may ask you to remove them from your carrying case to conduct a physical inspection.


Bottle Opener

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bottled Water

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

Bowling Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked bags.