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Items that are Prohibited in Carry-on Bags

Recent Carry-on baggage Prohibitions

Customers may not bring aerosols, liquids or gels of any kind onboard the aircraft in their carry-on baggage if they do not meet the requirements described below. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. Items that do not meet the following specifications must be packed in checked baggage.

Dual-use Items Prohibited in Carry-on Bags

Prohibited Items are weapons, explosives, incendiaries, and include items that are seemingly harmless but may be used as weapons (dual-use items). You may not bring these items to security checkpoints without authorization.

If you bring a prohibited item to the checkpoint, you may be criminally and/or civilly prosecuted or, at the least, asked to rid yourself of the item. A screener and/or Law Enforcement Officer will make this determination, depending on what the item is and the circumstances. Bringing a prohibited item to a security checkpoint - even accidentally - is illegal.

The following list outlines items that are prohibited in your carry-on baggage. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure everyone's security, the screener may determine an item not listed is prohibited.

Sharp Objects Prohibited in Carry-on Bags

  • Any device with a folding or retractable blade
  • Box Cutters
  • Ice Axes/Ice Picks
  • Knives (any length, composition, or description)
  • Meat Cleavers
  • Metal scissors with pointed tips  
  • Sabers
  • Spare blades
  • Straight razors 
  • Swords

Sporting Goods Prohibited in Carry-on Bags

  • Baseball Bats
  • Bows and Arrows
  • Camping Stoves
  • Cricket Bats
  • Golf Clubs
  • Hockey Sticks
  • Ice Skates
  • Lacrosse Sticks
  • Pool Cues
  • Self Inflating Life Vests
  • Ski Poles
  • Spear Guns

Guns and Firearms Prohibited in Carry-on Bags

  • Ammunition
  • BB Guns
  • Compressed Air Guns
  • Firearms
  • Flare Guns
  • Gun Lighters
  • Gun Powder
  • Parts of Guns and Firearms
  • Pellet Guns
  • Realistic Replicas of Firearms
  • Starter Pistols

Tools Prohibited in Carry-on Bags

  • Axes and Hatchets
  • Cattle Prods
  • Crowbars
  • Drills (including cordless portable power drills)
  • Hammers
  • Motorized Tools (such as chainsaws and generators, even if they are brand new)
  • Saws (including cordless portable power saws)
  • Screwdrivers (except those in eyeglass repair kits)
  • Tools (greater than seven inches in length, including but not limited to wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers)
  • Wrenches and Pliers

Martial Arts/Self Defense Items Prohibited in Carry-on Bags

  • Billy Clubs
  • Black Jacks
  • Brass Knuckles
  • Dog Repellant spray
  • Kubatons
  • Mace/Pepper Spray
  • Martial Arts Weapons
  • Night Sticks
  • Nunchakus
  • Stun Guns/Shocking Devices
  • Throwing Stars

Explosive Materials Prohibited

  • Blasting Caps
  • Dynamite
  • Fireworks
  • Flares (in any form)
  • Hand Grenades
  • Plastic Explosives
  • Realistic Replicas or Explosives

Flammable Items Prohibited

  • Aerosol (except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities)
  • Fuels
  • Gasoline
  • Gas Torches
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Matches (strike-anywhere matches are prohibited; up to 1 book of safety matches are allowed)
  • MREs (self-heating Meals Ready to Eat)
  • Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries
  • Torch Lighters
  • Turpentine and Paint Thinner

Disabling Chemicals and Other Dangerous Items Prohibited

  • Chlorine for Pools and Spas
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (including fire extinguishers)
  • Helium-filled Balloons 
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Paint
  • Spillable Batteries
  • Tear Gas
Related items: Transportation Security Administration

Carry-on Bags for Travelers with Disabilities or Medical Conditions

You are not limited in the amount or volume of the items below that you may bring in your carry-on baggage. However, if the medically-necessary items exceed 3.4 ounces or are not contained in a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag, you MUST declare it at the security checkpoint for further inspection.

The following items are permitted in your carry-on bag:

  • All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes
  • Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition
  • Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as blood products
  • Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids
  • Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability- or medically-related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.
Declared liquid/gel medications and other liquids/gels for disabilities and medical conditions must be kept separate from all other property submitted for x-ray screening.

Airsoft Guns

Airsoft guns are currently not on the TSA prohibited items list. However, the list is not intended to be all-inclusive. A TSA screener may determine that an item not on this list is prohibited; consequently it may be advisable to place items in checked bags if the items are considered "questionable."

If an airsoft gun uses external CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) charges, the airsoft gun is acceptable; however, the CO2 charges are not allowed.


Information on the 3-1-1 Directive

3-1-1 for carry-on baggage = 3.4 oz / 100 ml bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per Customer placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 oz / 100 ml container size is a security measure.

Customers are prohibited from taking liquids, gels, and/or aerosols past the airport security screening checkpoint EXCEPT:

  • one clear transparent, resealable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag containing liquids, gels, and aerosols in travel size containers (3.4 oz./100 ml capacity) or less per container.
  • The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the plastic bag must be completely sealed, be taken out of the carry-on bag and placed in a security bin
  •  Alcohol Guidelines

Please note: liquids, gels, and aerosols include beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, hair spray, and other items of similar consistency.

Liquid Exemptions (exempt items more than 3.4 ounces / 100 ml)

Customers may have the following items, but must declare them to TSA at the security checkpoint if the items are not contained in a clear transparent resealable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag and/or the size of the containers exceed travel size (3.4 oz  / 100 ml):

  • Baby formula or milk (to include breast milk), baby food and/or juice in containers if a baby or small child is traveling
  • Medications (liquid, gel, and aerosol)
  • Liquids (to include juice) or gels for diabetic or other medical needs
  • Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids; and,
  • Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically-related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.

Customers may be subjected to a secondary screening if they enter the screening checkpoint with liquids, gels, and aerosols on their person or in their carry-on bag.

For TSA information on 3-1-1 Directive, click here.

Traveling with Formula, Breast Milk, or Juice

When carrying formula, breast milk, or juice through the checkpoint, customers will be inspected, however, the customer or their baby or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. The TSA Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3.4 ounces / 100 ml) for explosives.

When traveling with a child, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3.4 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, or juice are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of the customer's itinerary, if the customer perform the following:

  1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
  2. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
  3. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.

Customers are encouraged to travel with only as much formula, breast milk, or juice in their carry-on needed to reach your destination.

Duty Free Items

Customers are permitted to take onboard the aircraft Duty Free items, liquids, gels, and/or aerosols purchased inside the sterile area once they have gone through the security checkpoint.

Please Note: On international flights, including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, Customers with Duty-Free purchases are allowed to carry a reasonable amount onboard the aircraft. Limitations vary based on the Customer’s final destination. 

Please allow additional time for check in at the airport to allow sufficient time to go through the security checkpoint.

Customers may send questions directly to TSA at the following email address: tsa-contactcenter@dhs.gov


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