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.

Spray Starch

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Staplers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Starter Pistols

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

Starter pistols carried in checked bags must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. 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.


Steel Toe Boots

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

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

TSA PreCheck® travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. Please see TSA PreCheck® for more information. 


Stick Pins

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Strike-anywhere Matches

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Stuffed Animals

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.


Stun Guns/Shocking Devices

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

Tasers, Stun Guns, and Electro-Shock Weapons (Conducted Electrical Weapons) must be transported in a manner that renders the device inoperable from accidental discharge. Some of these devices are manufactured with lithium batteries. 

For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.


Sunscreen

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

The FAA limits the total amount of restricted medicinal and toiletry articles, including aerosols, in checked baggage. The total aggregate quantity per person cannot exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) or 2 L (68 fluid ounces). The capacity of each container must not exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces). See the FAA regulations for more information.

Permitted aerosol release devices (button/nozzle) must be protected by caps or other suitable means to prevent accidental release.


Supplements

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes