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.

Violins

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

Musical instruments must undergo screening when transported as carry-on or in checked baggage. Musical instruments transported as carry-on require a physical inspection at the security checkpoint. Inform the TSA officer if your instrument requires special care and handling. Pack brass instruments in your checked baggage.

Check with your airline prior to your flight to ensure your instrument meets the aircraft size requirements.


Vitamins

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Waffle Iron

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

You may transport this item in carry-on or checked baggage. 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.


Walkers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Walking Sticks

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Wallet Chains

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Water for Babies

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

Water for babies is allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove this item from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. Please see traveling with children for more information.


Wedding Dress

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

You can bring a wedding dress through the security checkpoint for screening, but we strongly recommend that it is packed safely in a garment-style bag or other packaging to protect it during the screening process. We also recommend that you contact your airline to determine their policy for bringing and stowing the dress on the airplane, as well as how it fits into their carry-on bag limitations.

If for some reason your dress cannot fit through the checkpoint x-ray machine for screening, alternate screening procedures will be taken to clear the dress and your garment bag will need to be opened.


Wet Wipes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Wheelchairs

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes