TSA Permitted and Prohibited Items List

TSA List Of Prohibited & Permitted Items

Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, is a US-based government agency responsible for monitoring the security of transportation systems in and around the USA.

Recently, TSA has revised its procedure and policy that allows passengers to carry toiletries, which was earlier prohibited. As per the latest regulations, travelers can bring toiletries while boarding their flight along with their carry-on baggage.

Passengers can carry a 100ml (3.4 ounces) clear quart-sized plastic bag with a zip-top closure. They are not allowed to carry gallon-sized bags or fold-over sandwich bags. For security reasons, every toiletry kit will get scanned separately on the conveyor belt during security checks. TSA has also released a list of items to keep in their checked baggage and carry-on bag.

All food items, except natural foods, must be covered before passing through the X-ray machine. Travelers can carry beverages bought from the secured boarding area during the flight. There is no limitation on baby formula, breast milk, and medicines, only when they are declared during checks at the checkpoint.

  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • Razor Blades including utility knives and box cutters No Yes
  • Ice Axes/Ice Picks No Yes
  • Knives (excluding plastic or round bladed butter knives) No Yes
  • Swords No Yes
  • Box Cutters No Yes
  • Sabers No Yes
  • Metal Scissors with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches Yes Yes
  • Meat Cleavers No Yes
  • Safety Razor with Blades (allowed without Blade) No Yes
  • Scissors(Metal with pointed tips and a blade length greater than four inches measured from the fulcrum are not allowed.) No Yes

Note: to prevent a mishap while handling baggage, any sharp object should be properly packed and sealed.

  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • BB guns No Yes
  • Ammunition(Please contact the respective airline to check the terms and conditions for ammunition to be carried under checked baggage. If the airline permits the carriage of ammunitions under the checked baggage, it should be declared at the check-in counter. Small arms and ammunitions, if permitted by the airline, should be sheathed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging exclusively designed for small arms and ammunitions.) No Yes
  • Compressed Air Guns without compressed air cylinder attached No Yes
  • Flares No No
  • Flare Guns
    MUST be unloaded
    Packed in a locked hard-sided container
    MUST be declared at the airline Check-in desk
    No Yes
  • Parts of Guns and Firearms No Yes
  • Gun Powder (including black powder and percussion caps) No No
  • Gun Lighters (permitted only if without lighter fluid) No Yes
  • Starter Pistols No Yes
  • Realistic Replicas of Firearms No Yes
  • Pellet Guns No Yes
  • Firearms(Firearms carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.) No Yes

Note: Confirm with the airline if firearms are permitted in checked baggage along with any limitation or fee applicable.

  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • Hand Grenades No No
  • Flares (in any form) No No
  • Fireworks No No
  • Dynamite No No
  • Blasting Caps No No
  • Realistic Replicas of Explosives No No
  • Aerosol (any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities) No No
  • Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel) No No
  • Gasoline No No
  • Gas Torches No No
  • Lighter Fluid No No
  • Common Lighters - Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage.
    However, if they adhere to the Department of Transportation (DOT) exemption (which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case), they can be included in the checked baggage. If you’re not sure about its DOT adherence, it is highly recommended to exclude them completely.
    Yes No
  • Torch Lighters (used to light cigars and pipes) No No
  • Strike-anywhere Matches No No
  • Flammable Paints No No
  • Turpentine and Paint Thinner No No
  • Plastic Explosives No No
  • Cholorine for Pools & Spas No No
  • Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices Yes No
  • Fire Extinguishers and Other Compressed Gas Cylinders No No
  • Flamable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol Paint No No
  • Gel –Type Candles No Yes
  • Liquid Bleach No No
  • Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol (Up to 3.4 oz./100.55 ml or less that fit in one, clear, plastic, quart-sized, resealable bag) Yes Yes
  • Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol (More than 3.4 oz./100.55 ml) No Yes
  • Recreational Oxygen No No
  • Safety Matches Yes No
  • Small Compressed Gas Cartridges Yes Yes
  • Spillable Batteries No No
  • Spray Paint No No
  • Tear Gas No No
  • Vehicle Airbags No No

Note: Please visit www.faa.gov to learn more about other hazardous materials regulated by the FAA.

  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • Bows and Arrows No Yes
  • Baseball Bats No Yes
  • Hockey Sticks No Yes
  • Lacrosse Sticks No Yes
  • Cricket Bats No Yes
  • Ski Poles No Yes
  • Pool Cues No Yes
  • Golf Clubs No Yes
  • Spear Guns No Yes
  • Skates(Including ice skates and rollerblades.) Yes Yes

Note: Check with the airlines you’re flying to find out if they allow crematory remains as a checked baggage.

  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • Crowbars No Yes
  • Drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills) No Yes
  • Axes and Hatchets No Yes
  • Hammers No Yes
  • Cattle Prods No Yes
  • Tools (greater than seven inches in length) No Yes
  • Saws (including cordless portable power saws) No Yes
  • Wrenches and Pliers (seven inches or less in length) Yes Yes
  • Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length) Yes Yes
  • Tools (seven inches or less in length) Yes Yes

Note: for safety reasons, any sharp object should be properly sealed and packed.

  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • Billy Clubs No Yes
  • Black Jacks No Yes
  • Nunchakus No Yes
  • Kubatons No Yes
  • Throwing Stars No Yes
  • Martial Arts Weapons No Yes
  • Stun Guns/Shocking Devices No Yes
  • Brass Knuckles No Yes
  • Night Sticks No Yes
  • Self Defense Sprays
    One 4 ounce (118ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage only if it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Self Defense Sprays with more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas are prohibited in Checked Baggage.
    No Yes
  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • Alcohol Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Creamy Dips and Spreads Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Fresh Whole Fruits Yes Yes
  • Gravy Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Jam and Jelly Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Maple Syrup Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Oils and Vinegars Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Pies and Cakes Yes Yes
  • Salad Dressing Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Salsa and Sauces Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Soups Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • Yogurt Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Yes
  • List Items Carry-on Bags Checked Bags
  • Snow globes and like decorations regardless of size or amount of liquid inside, even with documentation. No Yes
  • Gel shoe inserts - Gel shoe inserts are not permitted, but shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened. No Yes
  • Non-flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint Yes - 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller container Yes
  • Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint No No
  • Knitting Needles Yes Yes
  • Circular thread cutters No Yes
  • Fishing Rods (Confirm with the airline about the size limitations) Yes Yes
  • Spear Guns No Yes
  • Musical Instruments (up to airline’s discretion) Yes Yes
  • Service Animals Yes -
  • Photographic Equipment (up to airline’s discretion) Yes Yes
  • Gasoline No No
  • Aerosols Insecticides No No

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