Religious Items

Checked Baggage

If you choose to pack religious items in your checked baggage, please ensure that it is packed appropriately. Most checked baggage is screened without the need for a physical bag search. For more information, visit checked baggage screening.

Carry-on Baggage

You may wish to pack religious items in carry-on baggage in a container that can be separated from other belongings and placed by itself in a bin for X-ray screening. We recommend using a clear plastic container or bag or easily opened to remove religious items for screening. Do not use a metal container. If the item cannot be screened by technology, let the TSA officer know.


  • Pilgrims returning from the Hajj who wish to bring back holy water in their carry-on bag should follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule  or pack it in their checked baggage.
  • TSA allows palm branches, citrons, myrtle and willow twigs used during Sukkot and will screen them at checkpoints.
  • Religious figurines and books.