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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.

Firearms

Ammunition


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

Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees. 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.


BB Guns


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

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.


Cap Guns


  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Compressed Air Guns


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

Including paintball markers, may be carried in checked baggage without compressed air cylinder attached.


Firearms


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

Firearms 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.


Flare Guns


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

Flare guns in checked bags must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, within hazardous material regulations, 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.


Flares


  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Gun Lighters


  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Gun Powder


  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Including black powder and percussion caps.


Holsters


  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms.


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