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.

Support Braces (Knee, Ankle, Wrist, Back)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Surge Protector

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Swiss Army Knife

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.

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


Swords

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils.

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


Tablets

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Tactical Pen

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Tampons

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Tape Measures

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Tattoo Guns

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

Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries should be carried in carry-on baggage.  Most other consumer devices containing batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.

For more information to portable electronic devices, see the FAA regulations.


Tattoo Inks

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