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.

Flammables

Dynamite

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Engines and Engine-powered Equipment Completely Purged of Fuel

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Check with Airline

Engines must be completely purged of all liquid or gaseous fuel, including residue and vapors, to be allowed in checked baggage.

Even if completely purged, some airlines may refuse to allow engine powered equipment in baggage if it has ever contained fuel.

Please check with your airline prior to traveling for their policy.

For battery powered equipment, see separate entry.


Engines and Engine-powered Equipment with Residual Fuel

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Though allowed in checked baggage by international regulations, engines using fuels, internal combustion engines, or fuel cell engines are not allowed in baggage in the United States.

Engines and engine-powered equipment that are totally purged of fuel and vapors may be carried as checked baggage (see separate entry).

For battery powered equipment, see separate entry.


English Christmas Crackers

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Firecracker

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Fireworks

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol Paint

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Flammable Paints

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Fuel Cells Used to Power Portable Electronic Devices and Spare Fuel Cell Cartridges (Flammable Gases or Water-Reactive Material)

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

Two spare fuel cell cartridges may be carried in carry-on baggage only.

Each fuel cell must be marked by the manufacturer "Approved for carriage in aircraft cabin only".

Each fuel cell cartridge (not the electronic device) must be marked with the maximum quantity and type of fuel in the cartridge.

Though allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage according to international regulations, spare fuel cell cartridges containing flammable gases and water reactive substances are only allowed in carry-on baggage by U.S. regulations.  See FAA Regulations for more information.