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.

 

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.

Sand

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sandwiches

  • 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.


Saws

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Including cordless portable power saws.

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


Scissors

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

If packed in carry-on, they must be less than 4 inches from the pivot point.

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


Screwdriver (longer than 7 inches)

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Tools longer than 7 inches (measured from end to end when assembled) are prohibited in carry-on baggage; these items must be packed in your checked baggage.


Screwdrivers (shorter than 7 inches)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Tools 7 inches or shorter (measured from end to end when assembled) are allowed in carry-on baggage.


Sea Shells

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Segways

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

Segways are allowed through the checkpoint. Please check with your airline for their policy.


Self-Defense Sprays

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

One 4 fl. oz. (118 ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Self-defense sprays containing more than 2 percent by mass of tear gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in checked baggage. For more information, visit faa.gov.

We recommend checking with your airline as some may not allow this item in checked bags.


Selfie Stick

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes