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.

Medical

Medical-Clinical Thermometer (Mercury)

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

The FAA allows one small Medical-Clinical Thermometer (Mercury) per passenger for personal use in checked bag only.

The thermometer must be in a protective case.

Tip: Thermometers with a red line instead of silver are not mercury and not restricted. Digital thermometers are also not restricted, unless powered by lithium batteries.  See FAA regulations for more information on quantity limits.


Medically Necessary Personal Oxygen

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

You may bring personal medical oxygen cylinders through the screening checkpoint and into the gate area. However, personal medical oxygen cylinders are not permitted in the aircraft cabin as they are considered hazardous materials by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Please contact your airline for instructions on arranging oxygen service. Airlines are not required to provide oxygen service and many do not.


Medications (Liquid)

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

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.


Medications (Pills)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.


Nebulizers, CPAPs, BiPAPs, and APAPs

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

Nebulizers, CPAPs, BiPAPs and APAPs are allowed in carry-on bags but must be removed from the carrying case and undergo X-ray screening. Facemasks and tubing may remain in the case.

You may provide a clear plastic bag to place the device in for X-ray screening. A TSA officer may need to remove the device from the bag to test it for traces of explosives.

Liquids associated with nebulizers are exempt from the 3-1-1 liquids rule, in reasonable quantities. For more information, see TSA special procedures.

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

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


Nitroglycerine Pills

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.


Pill Cutter

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

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

Per the Federal Aviation Administration, certain portable oxygen concentrators are permitted onboard the aircraft, including Inogen One, Sequal Eclipse, Airsep Lifestyle. See a list of Portable Oxygen Concentrators that meet FAA specifications for inflight use.


Prosthetics

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Supplements

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes