474 Items You Can & Cannot Bring Through TSA Security [2021]

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Airport security can be one of the more confusing and stressful parts of getting on a plane for many travelers.

Whether you are unsure what is allowed in your carry-on (or even checked bag), if you have to take your shoes off or your laptop out of your bag, the rules feel like they are different for everyone — and they are… well, not everybody.

Simple things like having the coveted TSA PreCheck logo on your boarding pass means that you can breeze through without kicking off your shoes, but if you aren’t so lucky you can still expedite the security process by knowing the rules.

In this article, we will give you a comprehensive list of everything that is and isn’t allowed according to the TSA. By planning ahead and packing accordingly, you can save yourself some trouble at the airport and start your vacation off with ease.

TSA Basics

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the government agency responsible for the traveling public in the U.S. This part of Homeland Security was created in response to the September 11 attacks with a focus on ensuring that nothing dangerous is brought onto an airplane.

As part of this, all travelers must go through a thorough screening at the airport before entering the airside terminals. The process includes an identity check, a scan of luggage, and a full-body scan or a pass through a metal detector. If any part of the process gets flagged, you can be asked to step aside for further inspection.

In general, the process moves quickly, assuming security is properly staffed and travelers have an idea of how the process works. If you haven’t flown lately, we recommend reading How To Easily Get Through TSA Airport Security.

Hot Tip: If you are traveling with kids, don’t miss our guide that helps families speed through TSA airport security like a pro. 

TSA PreCheck

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Most frequent travelers are familiar with, or even have, TSA PreCheck.

TSA PreCheck is a program that allows low-risk travelers in the U.S. to bypass certain steps during the security check to help expedite the process. In order to qualify for TSA PreCheck, you must apply and complete an in-person interview at one of the 380+ enrollment centers across the country.

While the process of getting TSA PreCheck may not be worth it for the occasional traveler, anyone that travels more than a few times per year will certainly see the value. We put together everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck so that you can weigh the options yourself.

The Ultimate TSA Prohibited and Allowed Items List

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Without further ado, here is the ultimate list of what you can and cannot bring in your luggage through TSA security in the U.S.

This list is focused on carry-on bags, but if something isn’t allowed in a checked bag either, it will be noted.

We have listed everything from maximum liquids in checked baggage to electronics in your carry-on. If it is a TSA-banned item, it is on the chart below.

ItemAllowedNotes
Aerosol insecticideNoOnly in checked bags long as they are not labeled as a hazardous material (HAZMAT).
Air mattress with built-in pumpYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Airbrush make-up machineYes
Alcoholic beveragesYesMust be in 3.4oz/100ml or smaller bottles and fit in a single 1-quart-sized bag.
Alcoholic beverages over 140 proofNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
AmmunitionNoAllowed in checked bags depending on the airline. More guidelines are available.
AntlersYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Arc lighters, plasma lighters, electronic lighters, e-lightersNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Artificial skeleton bonesYes
Axes and hatchetsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Baby carrierYes
Baby foodYes
Baby formulaYesAllowed in “reasonable quantities” and must be screened separately.
Baby powderYes
Baby wipesYes
Balloons (not inflated)Yes
Bang snapsNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Baseball batsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Basketballs/baseballs/footballs/soccer ballsYes
BB gunsNoAllowed in checked bags depending on the airline. More guidelines are available.
Bear bangersNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Bear sprayNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Belts, clothes, and shoesYes
Bicycle chainsYes
Bicycle pumpsYes
BicyclesYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Billy clubsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
BinocularsYes
Black jacks (self-defense weapons)NoOnly allowed in checked bags.
BlanketsYes
Blasting capsNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
BlenderYesBlenders are only allowed in carry-on bags if the blade has been removed.
Blood sugar test kitYes
Bobby pinsYes
Bocce ballsYes
Body armorYes
BooksYes
Bottle openerYes
Bottled waterYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Bowling ballsYes
Bowling pinsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Bows and arrowsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Box cuttersNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Boxing glovesYes
Brass instrumentsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Brass knucklesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
BreadYes
Bread machineYes
Breast milkYesAllowed in “reasonable quantities” and must be screened separately.
Breast pumpYes
Bug repellentYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
ButaneNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Butane curling irons (cordless)YesOnly allowed in carry-on bags (not checked) and must have a safety cover over the heating element. Refill cartridges are not allowed.
Camera monopodYes
Camp stovesYesMust be empty of all fuel.
CandyYes
CanesYes
Canned foodsYesMay require additional screening.
Canoe/kayak paddlesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Cap gunsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Car partsYesMust be in the original packaging, free of fuel, and not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Cast iron cookwareNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
CastsYes
Cattle prodsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Cell phonesYes
CerealYes
ChapsticksYes
Cheese (creamy)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Cheese (solid)Yes
Child car seatYes
Chlorine for pools and spasNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Chocolate (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Chocolate (solid)Yes
Christmas lightsYes
Cigar cuttersYesMay require additional screening.
CigarettesYes
CigarsYes
ClockYes
CO2 cartridgeNoNot allowed in checked bags either. Special exceptions for personal medical oxygen cylinders.
CO2 cartridge for life vestYesLife vests with up to 2 CO2 cartridges are often allowed. Additional special lifejacket rules are available.
Coat hangersYes
Coffee (beans or ground)Yes
Coffee (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Coffee Thermos (empty)Yes
Coffee/espresso makerYes
CologneYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Comic booksYes
Compressed air gunsNoOnly allowed in checked bags without compressed air cylinder attached.
ConcealerYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
ConditionerYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Contact lens solutionYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml but exceptions are allowed.
Contact lensesYes
Cooked meat, seafood, and vegetable (no liquid)Yes
CookiesYes
Cooking sprayNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Cooler (empty)Yes
Corkscrews (with blade)NoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Corkscrews (with no blade)Yes
Cowboy spursYes
CrackersYes
CramponsYes
CreamYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Creamy dips and spreadsYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Cremated remainsYesSubject to specific airline rules. Tips for traveling with remains.
Cricket batsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Crochet hooksYes
CrowbarsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
CrutchesYes
Curling iron (with cord)Yes
Cutting boardsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
CymbalsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
DartsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Deodorant (aerosol)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml for carry-ons, 18oz for checked bags, max combined 70oz.
Deodorant (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Deodorant (solid)Yes
Desktop computersYes
Detergent (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Detergent (powder or pellet)Yes
Digital camerasYes
Disassembled computer/computer parts/external hard drivesYes
Disinfecting wipesYes
Disposable and Zippo lightersYesOnly lighters without fuel are allowed in checked bags.
Disposable razorYes
Divot toolsYes
Dried fruitsYes
Drills and drill bitsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
DronesYesSubject to specific airline rules.
Drum sticks (instrument drum set)Yes
DrumsticksYes
Dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D)Yes
Dry iceYesSubject to specific approval. The FAA has a limit of 5.5 pounds of properly packed dry ice.
Dry shampooYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Duct tapeYes
DVD playersYes
DynamiteNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
E-liquidsYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
E-Z Pass transpondersYes
Electric blanketsYes
Electric fansYes
Electric razorsYes
Electronic cigarettes and vaping devicesYesThe FAA prohibits vaping devices in checked bags; only allowed in carry-ons. 
Electronic toothbrushYes
Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRB)YesSubject to specific airline rules.
Empty beverage containerYes
Empty water bottleYes
Engine-powered equipment completely purged of fuelNoSubject to specific airline rules for checked bags.
Engine-powered equipment with residual fuelNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
English Christmas crackersNoNo
EpiPensYes
Extension cordYes
External medical devicesYesSee special security instructions.
Eye dropsYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Eye liners (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
FertilizerNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Fidget spinnersYes
FilmYes
Fire extinguishers and other compressed gas cylindersNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
FirearmsNoRead the special instructions for firearms in checked bags.
FirecrackerNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
FireworksNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Fishing poleYes
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paintNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Flammable paintsNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Flare gunsNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
FlaresNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
FlashlightsYes
FlowersYesMust be without water.
Foam toy swordNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Foam yoga blocksYes
Football helmetsYes
ForkYes
FoundationYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Freezer packsYesMust be frozen during screening or be less than 3.4oz/100ml to be allowed in your carry-on bag.
Fresh eggsYes
Fresh fruits and vegetablesYesMost fruits and vegetables are not allowed on flights to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Fresh meat and seafoodYesSee special instructions for traveling with meat, seafood, and other non-liquid foods.
Frozen foodYesSee special instructions for traveling with frozen foods.
FuelsNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Full-sized video game consolesYes
Gas torchesNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
GasolineNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Geiger countersYes
Gel ice packsYesMust be frozen during screening or be less than 3.4oz/100ml to be allowed in your carry-on bag. There are special exceptions for medical uses.
Gel-type candlesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
GlassYes
Glass picture frameYes
Glass vase (empty)Yes
Glow sticksYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Golf ballsYes
Golf clubsYesOnly allowed in checked bags.
Golf teesYes
GraterYes
GravyYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
GuitarYesSubject to specific airline rules.
GumYes
Gun lightersNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Gun powderNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Hair clippersYes
HairdryersYes
Hair gelYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Hair straightener (flat iron)Yes
Hair texturizerYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
HairsprayYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml for carry-ons, 18oz for checked bags, max combined 70oz.
HammersNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Hand grenadesNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Hand sanitizersYesContainers up to 12oz are allowed due to COVID-19 precautions.
Hand warmersYes
HandcuffsYes
Harry Potter wandYes
HeadphonesYes
Heated jackets/sweatersYesThere are special FAA regulations for batteries.
Heating pad (gel)NoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Heating pads (electric)Yes
HelmetsYes
Hiking polesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Hockey sticksNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Holiday lightsYes
HolstersYes
HoneyYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
HookahsYes
Hot plateYes
HoverboardsYesSubject to specific airline rules.
HummusYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
IceYesMust be frozen during screening or be less than 3.4oz/100ml to be allowed in your carry-on bag.
Ice axes/ice picksNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Ice creamYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
InhalersYes
Instant hot/cold packsYes
InsulinYes
Insulin pumpsYes
Insulin suppliesYes
iPodYes
Jam and jellyYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
JewelryYes
Juice for babiesYesAllowed in “reasonable quantities” and must be screened separately.
JuicesYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
KirpansNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Knitting needlesYes
KnivesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
KubatonsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Lacrosse sticksNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
LaptopsYes
Laser hair removerYes
Laser pointersYes
LED lightsYes
License plateYes
Life vestYes
Light bulbsYes
Light saberYes
Lighter fluidNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
LipsticksYes
Liquid bleachNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Liquid medicationsYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml but medical exceptions apply.
Liquid vitaminsYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Lithium batteries with 100 watt-hours or less in a deviceYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Lithium batteries with more than 100-watt hoursYesSubject to specific airline rules, but not allowed in checked bags.
Lithium battery-powered lightersYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Live coralYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Live fishYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Live lobsterYesSubject to specific airline rules.
Lock picksYesMust be less than 7″ or be in a checked bag.
LongboardsYesYes
LotionYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Luggage protection coversYesYes
Magic 8 BallNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
MagnetsYes
Makeup removerYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Makeup wipesYes
MalletsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Maple syrupYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Martial arts weaponsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
MascaraYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
MassagersYes
Meat cleaversNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Medical devicesYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Medical marijuanaYesMust contain less than 0.3% THC. See specific cannabis rules.
Medical masksYes
Medically-necessary personal oxygenYesSubject to specific airline rules, but not allowed in checked bags.
Medications (liquid)YesLarge amounts must be declared.
Medications (pills)Yes
Metal detectorYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
MicrowaveYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
MirrorsYes
MixerYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
MREs (meal, ready-to-eat)Yes
Multi-tool without bladesYes
Multi-toolsYesKnives are prohibited on carry-on bags, scissor blades must be less than 4″.
Nail clippersYes
Nail file (metal)Yes
Nail gunsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Nail polishYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Nail polish removerYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Navigation GPSYes
Nebulizers, CPAPs, BiPAPs, and APAPsYes
Night sticksNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Night vision gogglesYes
Nitroglycerine pillsYes
Non-spillable wet batteriesYesMaximum of 2 spare batteries that don’t exceed 12 volts and 100 watt-hours.
NunchucksNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
NutsYes
Oils and vinegarsYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
PaintingsYes
ParachutesYes
Parts of guns and firearmsNoAllowed in checked bags depending on the airline. More guidelines are available.
Party poppersNo
Peanut butterYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Pellet gunsNoAllowed in checked bags depending on the airline. More guidelines are available.
PenYes
Pencil sharpenersYes
Pepper sprayNoOnly 1 4 fl. oz. container of mace or pepper spray is allowed in checked luggage.
PerfumeYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Pet food (solid)Yes
Pet food (wet)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Phone chargersYes
Pies and cakesYes
Pill cutterYes
PillowsYes
PizzaYes
Planting seedsYes
PlantsYes
Play-DohYes
Pocket knifeNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Pool cuesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Portable oxygen concentratorsYesSee the list of approved portable oxygen concentrators.
Pots and pansYesCast iron skillets must go in a checked bag.
Powder makeupYes
Power banksYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Power chargerYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Power invertersYes
PrinterYes
Printer inkYes
ProjectorsYes
PropaneNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
ProstheticsYes
Protein or energy powdersYes
Putty ballsYes
RadioYes
Rainbow flame crystalsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Razor-type bladesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Realistic replicas of explosivesNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Realistic replicas of firearmsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Realistic replicas of incendiariesNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Recreational oxygenNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Remote-controlled carsYes
Rifle scope (scope only)Yes
RiflesNoRead the special instructions for firearms in checked bags.
Rocket launcherNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
RocksYes
RopeYes
SabersNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Safety matchesYesNot allowed in checked bags.
Safety pinYes
Safety razor with blades (allowed without blade)NoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Salad dressingYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Salsa and saucesYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
SaltYes
Samsung Galaxy Note 7NoNot allowed in checked bags either.
SandYes
SandwichesYes
SawsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
ScissorsYesMust be less than 4″ from the pivot point.
Screwdriver (longer than 7 inches)NoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Screwdrivers (shorter than 7 inches)Yes
Sea shellsYes
SegwaysYesSubject to specific airline rules.
Self-defense spraysNoOnly 1 4 fl. oz. container of mace or pepper spray is allowed in checked luggage.
Selfie stickYes
Sewing machineYes
Sewing needlesYes
ShampooYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Shaving creamYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Shell casingsYesEmpty shell casings are allowed in specific circumstances.
Shock collarsYes
Shoe hornYes
Shoe insertsYes
Shoe treeYes
Shoe/snow spikesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
SkateboardsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
SkatesYes
Ski polesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Sleeping bagYes
SlingshotsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Small compressed gas cartridgesNoNot allowed in checked bags either. Special exceptions for personal medical oxygen cylinders.
Small fishing luresYes
Small petsYesSubject to specific airline rules.
Small toy carsYes
Smart luggageYesSubject to specific airline rules.
Snack barYes
SnacksYes
Snow cleatsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Snow globesYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
SnowboardsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
SnowshoesYes
Soap (bar)Yes
Soap (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
SodaYes
Solar panelsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Solid candlesYes
Solid foodsYes
Solid makeupYes
SoupsYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
SparklersYes
SpeakersYes
SpeargunsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Spices (dry)Yes
Spillable batteriesNoNot allowed in checked bags either, except those in wheelchairs.
Sports cleatsYes
Spray paintNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Spray starchNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
StaplersYes
Starter pistolsNoRead special instructions for firearms in checked bags.
Steel toe bootsYes
StickpinsYes
Strike-anywhere matchesNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Stuffed animalsYes
Stun guns/shocking devicesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Sunscreen spraysYes
SupplementsYes
Support braces (knee, ankle, wrist, back)Yes
Surge protectorYes
Swiss Army knifeNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
SwordsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
TabletsYes
Tactical penNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
TamponsYes
Tape measuresYes
Tattoo gunsYes
Tattoo inksYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.
Tea (dry tea bags or loose tea leaves)Yes
Tea kettleYes
Tear gasNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
TelevisionYes
Tennis racketsYes
TENS unitYes
TentYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Tent spikes and polesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
ThermometerYes
Throwing starsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
TobaccoYes
Tobacco pipesYes
ToolsYesMust be less than 7″ or be in a checked bag.
ToothbrushYes
ToothpasteYes
Torch lightersNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
Tortilla pressYes
Toy guns and weaponsYesTechnically some are allowed, but it is recommended to place them in a checked bag.
Toy robotsYes
Toys (adult)Yes
TripodsYes
TrophyYes
Turpentine and paint thinnerNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
TweezersYes
UmbrellasYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
Unused syringesYesMust be declared to a security officer.
Used syringesYes
UtensilsYesPlastic or round-bladed butter knives are allowed, other knives must be placed in a checked bag.
Vacuum robotsYes
Vacuum-sealed bagsYes
Vehicle airbagsNoNot allowed in checked bags either.
ViolinsYesSubject to specific airline rules.
VitaminsYes
Waffle ironYes
WalkersYes
Walking sticksNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Wallet chainsYes
Water for babiesYesAllowed in “reasonable quantities” and must be screened separately.
Wedding dressYesSubject to specific airline rules.
Wet wipesYes
WheelchairsYes
Wine bottleYesMust be in 3.4oz/100ml or smaller bottles and fit in a single 1-quart-sized bag to carry on. Checked bags may not have more than 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger in unopened original packaging.
Wrenches/pliersYesMust be less than 7″ or be in a checked bag.
XboxYes
Yoga matYes
YogurtYesMust be less than 3.4oz/100ml.

As you can see, there are a lot of things that are not allowed in your carry-on bag according to the TSA. A lot of it is pretty understandable, though  — safety first!

TSA Bonus Tips

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Simple things like wearing easy-to-remove shoes, packing your laptop on top so you can scan it separately, and having your boarding pass and ID ready can save you valuable time when going through security.

But one of the best tips we can give to travelers is to sign up for TSA PreCheck. The benefits can save you valuable time at the airport which means more time in the lounges! To top it off, most readers probably already have a card that will reimburse you for the cost of applying for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck.

And, as always, regardless of whether you have TSA PreCheck or not, having a TSA-approved luggage lock can save you time and hassle during the security process.

Hot Tip: If you still have questions about TSA, we put together 80 FAQs for you!

Final Thoughts

Social Distancing sign at TSA security at Boston Logan Airport BOS
TSA security line at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Image Credit: Chris Hassan

At the end of the day, the TSA rules above were made to make flying safer for everyone. It may seem extreme to some, but with some planning, the security process can be very quick and easy.

As long as you don’t have a TSA-banned item in your carry-on, and you listen to the instructions of the officers, you should breeze through security on your next trip. For those that have taken advantage of TSA PreCheck, the process will be even easier.

As always, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments or join our official Facebook Group to chat with fellow travelers!


Frequently asked questions

Can you bring multiple 3oz bottles on a plane?

Yes, each passenger can bring as many 3-ounce bottles that fit in a 1-quart-sized bag.

Does toothpaste count as a liquid for TSA security?

No, toothpaste is not considered a liquid so it is not subject to the 3-1-1 rule.

Is mascara considered a liquid by TSA?

Yes, mascara is considered a liquid, therefore containers must be smaller than 3.4oz/100ml.

What items are allowed and not allowed on airplanes?

There are hundreds of items that the TSA specifically lists that are either allowed or prohibited from flying. We have compiled a complete list of exactly what you can or can’t bring on your next flight.

Chris Hassan

About Chris Hassan

Chris is from Boston and is currently living in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Shelby. When Chris was in college, he spent a semester abroad studying hotel and business management in Switzerland. That is where he caught the travel bug and met his wife. Quite a successful trip!

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8 comments

  1. Antonette Njock April 10, 2021

    I’ll be visiting my Aunt in Tennessee. Am I able to check in some fresh vegetables wrapped with banana leaves? And some food in the cooler? Thank you.

    Reply

    • Hi Antonette,

      Yes, you should be fine to bring fresh vegetables in your checked luggage as long as you are not flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

      Reply

  2. Carol Beck June 7, 2021

    I was looking to see if an antique music box (20″ x 7″ x 8″) can be put into our carry-on luggage. This was not mentioned.

    Reply

  3. I am going to take an unopened iPhone as a gift out of the US tomorrow in my carry-on bag. Would that be a problem at security? If so, can I just remove the external wrapping or does it need to be completely unpacked?

    Reply

  4. Horacio G Vergara June 9, 2021

    Hi, I will be traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina this September.
    Can I transport 5 rolls of Flex tape for repairing purposes at my son’s house?

    If you are not sure, maybe you can tell me how to contact TSA?

    Thanks a lot.

    Reply

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