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What Can I Bring?

In 2006, TSA adjusted the ban on liquids, gels, and aerosols.

Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.

With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint.

  1. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
  2. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
  3. Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

Please keep in mind that these rules were developed after extensive research and understanding of current threats. They are intended to help air travelers bring essential toiletries and other liquids, gels and aerosols for short trips. If you need larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols such as toothpaste or shampoo, please place them in your luggage and check them with your airline.

To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers there are no limits on the amounts of the following liquids, gels and aerosols you may carry through a security checkpoint:

  • Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling;
  • 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 bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs;
  • 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.

You are not limited in the amount or volume of these above items you may bring in your carry-on baggage. However, if these items are in containers larger than three ounces, please 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.

We have also taken steps to ensure the security of the boarding areas after you pass through our security checkpoints. Therefore, any liquid, gel or aerosol, such as coffee or soda, purchased in the secure area beyond the security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane. Please note that if you have a layover and are re-screened at your connecting airport the current rules (see above) for carry-ons apply.

A printable version of the prohibited items listing is available. Prohibited Items List (PDF 164 KB)

To effectively communicate important security information, we translated these changes into a variety of languages. Security Information In Other Languages

You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items as such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids.

We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by being prepared before you arrive. We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines. Please pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked baggage even if you do not normally check a bag.

In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols numerous other potentially dangerous items are not permitted in carry-on baggage. We strongly encourage travelers to read more about previously prohibited items to avoid complications during screening.

To help you understand and navigate the new security measures, please click one of the links below.

It is unlikely that additional changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in the near future.

This security regimen applies to all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports. Travelers should, however, check with transportation security authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.

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Makeup & Personal Items

 

Carry-on

Checked

Aerosol spray bottles and cans Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container Yes
All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc. Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container Yes
Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container Yes
Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container Yes

Cigar Cutters

Yes

Yes

Corkscrews

Yes

Yes

Cuticle Cutters

Yes

Yes

Deodorants made of gel or aerosol Yes -3 oz. or smaller container Yes
Eye drops - You are allowed to carry a 3 oz. or smaller container of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. There is no restriction on the amount you may carry, but containers greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag. Yes Yes

Eyeglass Repair Tools - including screwdrivers.

Yes

Yes

Eyelash Curlers 

Yes

Yes

Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics - Gel-filled bras may be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.

Yes

Yes

Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container Yes
Hair Straightener or Detangler Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container Yes

Knitting and Crochet Needles

Yes

Yes

Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.

No

Yes

Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container Yes

Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Liquid foundations

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Liquid sanitizers

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Liquid soaps

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Liquid mascara

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Make up removers or facial cleansers

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Mouthwash

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Nail Clippers

Yes

Yes

Nail Files

Yes

Yes

Nail polish and removers

Yes -3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag. For more details see read our information on   liquid medications

Yes

Yes

Personal lubricants - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag. Yes Yes

Safety Razors - including disposable razors.

Yes

Yes

Saline solution - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.

Yes

Yes

Scissors - plastic or metal with blunt tips.

Yes

Yes

Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length.

Yes

Yes

Shampoos and conditioners

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Toothpaste

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Toy Transformer Robots

Yes

Yes

Toy Weapons - if not realistic replicas.

Yes

Yes

Tweezers

Yes

Yes

Umbrellas- allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.

Yes

Yes

Walking Canes - allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.

Yes

Yes

NOTE: Some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. The FAA regulates hazardous materials. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov.

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Medication & Special Needs Devices

Please make sure your medications are properly labeled with a professionally printed label identifying the medication and manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label. The prescription medicine must match the name on the passenger's ticket.

All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening.

For more information on what to expect during security screening, you may want to visit our section written for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions.

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Electronic Devices

 

Carry-on

Checked

Camcorders (See below)

Yes

Yes

Camera Equipment - the checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film in camera equipment. We recommend that you either put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on baggage or take undeveloped film with you to the checkpoint and ask the screener to conduct a hand-inspection. (See below)

Yes

Yes

Laptop Computers (See below)

Yes

Yes

Mobile Phones (See below)

Yes

Yes

Pagers (See below)

Yes

Yes

Personal Data Assistants (PDA's) (See below)

Yes

Yes

NOTE: We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on bags.

NOTE: Check with your airline or travel agent for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic items during your flight.

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Sharp Objects

 

Carry-on

Checked

Box Cutters

No

Yes

Ice Axes/Ice Picks

No

Yes

Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives

No

Yes

Meat Cleavers

No

Yes

Razor-Type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge, but excluding safety razors.

No

Yes

Sabers

No

Yes

Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches

Yes

Yes

Swords

No

Yes

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

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Sporting Goods

 

Carry-on

Checked

Baseball Bats

No

Yes

Bows and Arrows

No

Yes

Cricket Bats

No

Yes

Golf Clubs

No

Yes

Hockey Sticks

No

Yes

Lacrosse Sticks

No

Yes

Pool Cues

No

Yes

Ski Poles

No

Yes

Spear Guns

No

Yes

For more information, please read our Traveling with Special Items section.

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Guns & Firearms

 

Carry-on

Checked

Ammunition - Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. If ammunition is permitted, it must be declared to the airline at check-in. Small arms ammunitions for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply. Read the TSA's Firearms & Ammunition section.

No

Yes

BB guns

No

Yes

Compressed Air 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. Read the Firearms & Ammunition section.

No

Yes

Flare Guns - May be carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Read the section on Camping.

No

Yes

Flares No No

Gun Lighters

No

Yes

Gun Powder including black powder and percussion caps

No

No

Parts of Guns and Firearms

No

Yes

Pellet Guns

No

Yes

Realistic Replicas of Firearms

No

Yes

Starter Pistols

No

Yes

NOTE: Check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply. All of the firearms listed above, as well the frame or receiver of such firearms, carried as checked baggage, MUST be unloaded, packed in locked hard-sided gun case, and declared to your airline at check-in.

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Tools

 

Carry-on

Checked

Axes and Hatchets

No

Yes

Cattle Prods

No

Yes

Crowbars

No

Yes

Hammers

No

Yes

Drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills)

No

Yes

Saws (including cordless portable power saws)

No

Yes

Tools (greater than seven inches in length)

No

Yes

Tools (seven inches or less in length)

Yes

Yes

Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)

Yes

Yes

Wrenches and Pliers (seven inches or less in length)

Yes

Yes

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

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Martial Arts & Self Defense Items

 

Carry-on

Checked

Billy Clubs

No

Yes

Black Jacks

No

Yes

Brass Knuckles

No

Yes

Kubatons

No

Yes

Mace/Pepper Spray - One 118 ml or 4 Fl. oz. container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. For more information visit www.faa.gov., click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly.

No

Yes

Martial Arts Weapons

No

Yes

Night Sticks

No

Yes

Nunchakus

No

Yes

Stun Guns/Shocking Devices

No

Yes

Throwing Stars

No

Yes

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

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Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items

Explosive Materials

Carry-on

Checked

Blasting Caps

No

No

Dynamite

No

No

Fireworks

No

No

Flares (in any form)

No

No

Hand Grenades

No

No

Plastic Explosives

No

No

Realistic Replicas of Explosives

No

No


Flammable Items

Carry-on

Checked

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

Lighters - All lighters are prohibited as carry-on items. Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to DOT exemptions, which allow up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case. If you are uncertain as to whether your lighter is prohibited, please refrain from bringing it to the airport.

No

No

Strike-anywhere Matches - Up to 4 books of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.

No

No

Flammable Paints (See Other Items below for non-flammable paints) No No

Turpentine and Paint Thinner

No

No

Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries

No

No

NOTE: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov, click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly.


Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items

Carry-on

Checked

Chlorine for Pools and Spas

No

No

Compressed Gas Cylinders - including fire extinguishers

No

No

Liquid Bleach

No

No

Spillable Batteries - except those in wheelchairs

No

No

Spray Paint

No

No

Tear Gas

No

No

NOTE: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov.

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Food & Drinks

Carry-on

Checked

Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in containers LARGER than 3 oz. No Yes

Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size, zip-top plastic bag.

Yes Yes

Beverages purchased after security screening

Yes

Yes

Baby formula and food, breast milk and other baby items - These are allowed in your carry-on baggage or personal items. You can take these through the security checkpoints and aboard your plane. However, you must be traveling with a baby or toddler. All items including formula or breast milk will be inspected. Learn more on traveling with children.

Yes

Yes

Canned or jarred goods such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jellies

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Cheese in pressurized containers

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Duty free alcohol and other items (Please see our section on Duty Free Items)

Yes, but some restrictions apply.

Yes

Gel based sports supplements

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Jell-O's

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Pudding

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Whipped cream

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Yogurt or gel like food substances

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

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Other Items

Carry-on

Checked

Gel-type candles

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. Read more on TSA's shoe screening policy.

No

Yes

Non-flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint

Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container

Yes

Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint

No

No

Snow globes and like decorations regardless of size or amount of liquid inside, even with documentation.

No

Yes

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Permitted and Prohibited Items
Transportation Security Administration | U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Updated list may be found at - tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
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