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489 Items You Can and Cannot Bring Through TSA Security [2024]

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Airport security can be one of the more confusing and stressful parts of air travel.

Whether you’re unsure about what’s allowed in your carry-on or checked bag, whether you have to take your shoes off, or if you have to pull your laptop out of your bag, passing through the checkpoint can be confusing and frustrating. The rules seem to vary for everyone.

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

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

TSA Basics

The Transportation Security Administration is the government agency responsible for the traveling public in the U.S. This part of the Department of Homeland Security was created in response to the September 11 attacks, with a primary focus on preventing dangerous items from being carried onto airplanes.

All air travelers must undergo a thorough airport screening before entering airside terminals. The process includes an identity check, a luggage scan, and a full-body scan or a pass through a metal detector. If any part of the process gets flagged, agents may asked you 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 our guide on how to easily get through TSA airport security.

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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.

The TSA PreCheck program allows low-risk travelers in the U.S. to bypass certain steps during the security check to expedite the process. To qualify for TSA PreCheck, you must apply and complete an in-person interview at one of the over 500 enrollment centers across the country.

While the process of getting TSA PreCheck may not be worth it for the occasional traveler, anyone who travels more than a few times per year will certainly see the value. TSA PreCheck travelers don’t need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets.

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See 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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Here’s 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 we’ve noted if an item isn’t allowed in a checked bag either.

We’ve listed everything from maximum amounts of liquids in checked baggage to electronics in your carry-on. If it’s a TSA-banned item, it’s on the chart below.

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Carry-On ItemAllowed?Notes
Aerosol insecticideNoOnly in checked bags as long as they are not labeled as a hazardous material
Air mattress with built-in pumpYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits
Airbrush makeup machineYes
Alcoholic beveragesYesMust be in 3.4-ounce (100-milliliter) 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-lightersYesSee special instructions. Not allowed in checked bags.
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
Battery-powered wheelchairs and mobility devicesNoSpillable batteries are allowed in wheelchairs. More guidelines are available.
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
Biological specimens, noninfectious, in preservative solutionsYesNo more than 30 milliliters of free liquid solution in each inner packaging and no more than 1 liter in the entire outer package
Blackjacks (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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Cheese (solid)Yes
Child car seatYes
Chlorine for pools and spasNoNot allowed in checked bags either
Chocolate (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Coffee Thermos (empty)Yes
Coffee/espresso makerYes
CologneYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Comic booksYes
Compressed air gunsNoOnly allowed in checked bags without a compressed air cylinder attached.
ConcealerYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
ConditionerYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Contact lens solutionYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), but exceptions allowed
Contact lensesYes
Cooked meat, seafood, and vegetables (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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Creamy dips and spreadsYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 (cordless)YesCordless curling irons containing lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries or those that are gas- or butane-fueled are only allowed in carry-on bags.
Curling iron (with cord)Yes
Cutting boardsYesGenerally, plastic and small wood cutting boards are allowed in checked and carry-on bags. However, checkpoint officers make the final decision. 
CymbalsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits.
DartsNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
Deodorant (aerosol)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) for carry-ons, 18 ounces for checked bags; max combined 70 ounces
Deodorant (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Deodorant (solid)Yes
Desktop computersYes
Detergent (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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
Drones, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)YesSubject 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 3.4 ounces (100 ml).
Duct tapeYes
DVD playersYes
DynamiteNoNot allowed in checked bags either
E-liquidsYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 ml)
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.
Engines and engine-powered equipment completely purged of fuelNoSubject to specific airline rules for checked bags
Engines and 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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Eyeliners (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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
Formaldehyde solution, less than 10%YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
FoundationYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Freezer packsYesMust be frozen during screening or less than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) to be allowed in a 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.
Fuel cells used to power portable electronic devices and spare fuel cell cartridges (flammable gases or water-reactive material)YesUp to 2 spare fuel cell cartridges may be carried in carry-on baggage only. Each fuel cell must be marked by the manufacturer as “approved for carriage in aircraft cabin only.”
Fuel cells used to power portable electronic devices and spare fuel cell cartridges (flammable liquid/corrosive material)YesUp to 2 spare fuel cell cartridges may be carried in carry-on and checked bags.
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 less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) to be allowed in a 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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Golf ballsYes
Golf clubsNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Golf teesYes
GraterYes 
GravyYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Hair straightener (flat iron), cordlessYesCordless hair straighteners that contain lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries or are gas or butane-fueled are only allowed in carry-on bags.
Hair straightener (flat iron)Yes
Hair texturizer (aerosol)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
HairsprayYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) for carry-ons, 18 ounces for checked bags; max combined 70 ounces.
HammersNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Hand grenadesNoNot allowed in checked bags either
Hand sanitizersYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
HookahsYes
Hot plateYes
HoverboardsYesSubject to specific airline rules
HummusYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
IceYesMust be frozen during screening or less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) to be allowed in a carry-on bag.
Ice axes, ice picksNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Ice creamYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
InhalersYes
Instant hot or cold packsYes
InsulinYes
Insulin pumps and glucose monitorsYes
Insulin suppliesYes
iPodYes
Jam and jellyYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
JewelryYes
Juice for babiesYesAllowed in “reasonable quantities” and must be screened separately
JuicesYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), but medical exceptions apply.
Liquid nitrogen in a dry shipperYesThe FAA requires that liquid nitrogen be packaged in a dry shipper when transported in checked baggage.
Liquid vitaminsYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 inches or be in a checked bag
LongboardsYesYes
LotionYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Luggage protection coversYesYes
Magic 8 BallNoOnly allowed in checked bags
MagnetsYes
Makeup removerYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Makeup wipesYes
MalletsNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Maple syrupYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Martial arts weaponsNoOnly allowed in checked bags
MascaraYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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
Medical-clinical thermometer (mercury)NoThe FAA allows 1 small medical-clinical thermometer (mercury) per passenger for personal use in checked bags only.
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
Multitool without bladesYes
MultitoolsYesKnives are prohibited on carry-on bags; scissor blades must be less than 4 inches.
Nail clippersYes
Nail file (metal)Yes
Nail gunsNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Nail polishYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Nail polish removerYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Navigation GPSYes
Nebulizers, CPAPs, BiPAPs, and APAPsYesSee special instructions.
Night sticksNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Nightvision gogglesYes
Nitroglycerine pillsYes
Unspillable 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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
PaintingsYes
ParachutesYesSee special instructions
Parts of guns and firearmsNoAllowed in checked bags depending on the airline. More guidelines are available.
Party poppersNo
Peanut butterYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Pellet gunsNoAllowed in checked bags depending on the airline. More guidelines are available.
PenYes
Pencil sharpenersYes
Pepper sprayNoOnly 1 4-fluid-ounce container of mace or pepper spray is allowed in checked luggage.
PerfumeYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Permeation devices for calibrating air qualityNoThe FAA limits the total quantity of hazardous materials in the device to 2 milliliters (0.07 ounces). The device and its packaging cannot weigh more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and must be in a checked bag.
Pet food (solid)Yes
Pet food (wet)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Salsa and saucesYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
SaltYes
Samsung Galaxy Note 7NoNot allowed in checked bags either
SandYes
SandwichesYes
SawsNoOnly allowed in checked bags
ScissorsYesMust be less than 4 inches 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-fluid-ounce container of mace or pepper spray is allowed in checked luggage.
Selfie stickYes
Sewing machineYes
Sewing needlesYes
ShampooYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Shaving cream (aerosol)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
SnowboardsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits
SnowshoesYes
Soap (bar)Yes
Soap (liquid)YesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
SodaYes
Solar panelsYesMust not exceed airline size and weight limits
Solid candlesYes
Solid foodsYes
Solid makeupYes
SoupsYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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
Stick pinsYes
Strike-anywhere matchesNoNot allowed in checked bags either
Stuffed animalsYes
Stun guns/shocking devicesNoOnly allowed in checked bags.
SunscreenYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Tea (dry teabags 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 polesYesEven if an item is generally allowed, officers make the final decision on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.
Tent spikesNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Throwing starsNoOnly allowed in checked bags
TobaccoYes
Tobacco pipesYes
ToolsYesMust be less than 7 inches or be in a checked bag
ToothbrushYes
ToothpasteYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)
Torch lightersNoNot allowed in checked bags either
Tortilla pressYes
Toy guns and weaponsYes

Technically, some are allowed, but it’s recommended that you 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 syringesYesSee special instructions.
UtensilsYesPlastic or round-bladed butter knives are allowed, other knives must be placed in a checked bag.
Utility knivesNoNot allowed in checked bags either
Vacuum robotsYes
Vacuum-sealed bagsYesAllowed but not encouraged. If they set off the alarm, the TSA officer may need to open them for inspection.
Vehicle airbagsNoNot allowed in checked bags either
ViolinsYesSubject to specific airline rules
Virtual reality unitYes
VitaminsYes
Waffle ironYes
WalkersYes
Walking sticksNoOnly allowed in checked bags
Wallet chainsYes
Water for babiesYesAllowed in “reasonable quantities” and must be screened separately
Weather barometer or thermometer (mercury)YesThese devices contain more mercury than consumer devices and may only be carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar agency in carry-on baggage.
Wedding dressYesSubject to specific airline rules
Wet wipesYes
WheelchairsYes
Wine bottleYesMust be in 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) 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 inches or be in a checked bag
XboxYes
Yoga matYes
YogurtYesMust be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters)

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, you may already have a card that will reimburse you for the cost of applying for Global Entry or 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.

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If you still have questions about TSA, see our 80 TSA FAQs!

Final Thoughts

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 the security process can be quick and easy with planning,

As long as you don’t have a TSA-banned item in your carry-on and listen to the officers’ instructions, you should breeze through security on your next trip. For those who 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 3 oz bottles on a plane?

Yes, each passenger can bring as many 3-ounce bottles as they can 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 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters).

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.

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About Chris Hassan

Chris holds a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and managed social media for all Marriott properties in South America, making him a perfect fit for UP and its social media channels. He has a passion for making content catered toward family travelers.

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