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.

Sporting and camping

Rocks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Rope

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sand

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Shoe/Snow Spikes

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage.


Skateboards

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

Skateboards are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.


Skates

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Including ice skates and rollerblades.


Ski Poles

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sleeping Bag

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Small Compressed Gas Cartridges

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Except for personal medical oxygen cylinders, you can only carry an EMPTY compressed gas cylinder onboard a plane. To be permitted (in either carry-on or checked baggage), it must be clearly visible to the TSA officer that the cylinder is empty. Personal oxygen is permitted if the regulatory valve has not been tampered with or removed.

Unless being used for personal medical oxygen, the gas cylinder regulator valve must be completely disconnected from the cylinder (in other words, the cylinder has an open end that allows the TSA officer to visually inspect the cylinder). TSA officers will NOT remove the seal or regulator valve from the cylinder. If the gas cylinder is sealed (i.e., the regulator valve is still attached) and not required for personal medical oxygen, the gas cylinder is prohibited, regardless of the reading on the pressure gauge indicator.


Small Fishing Lures

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Sharp fishing tackle that may be considered dangerous, such as large fish hooks, should be sheathed, securely wrapped, and packed in your checked luggage. Like other high-value objects, you may wish to pack expensive reels or fragile tackle that does not pose a security threat (small flies) in your carry-on baggage.