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.
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.