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.

Sporting and camping

Bocce Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bowling Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • 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 bags.


Bowling Pins

  • 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.


Bows and Arrows

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Boxing Gloves

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Camp stoves

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

Camp stoves are allowed in carry-on or checked bags only if they are empty of all fuel and cleaned so that no fuel vapors or residue remain. Please wrap cords and layer items in bags so officers can get a clear view of the items.


Canoe/Kayak Paddles

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Cast Iron Cookware

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

CO2 Cartridge for Life Vest

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

You may bring a life vest with up to two CO2 cartridges inside, plus two spare cartridges in your carry-on or checked bag.

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. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.

You may not transport CO2 cartridges without the associated lifejacket.


Cooler (empty)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes