Prohibited Items

For the safety and security of the traveling public, TSA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and/or airlines have prohibited certain items from being brought onto airplanes in carry-on and/or checked bags. To help you plan ahead and avoid the potential of additional screening, be sure to check out the prohibited items list below and pack accordingly.

As an added information source for passengers, you can also use the "Can I Bring…?" tool from the My TSA iPhone and mobile app to get information on an item you want to bring on a plane. Simply type the name of the item in the box and you'll get information on whether or not it's prohibited and other information to help you speed through security. You can also access the tool from your mobile device if it has a web browser.

Sharp Objects

ItemCarry-On?
Checked?
Box Cutters
NOOK
Ice Axes / Ice Picks
NOOK
Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives NOOK
Meat CleaversNOOK

Razor-type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives and safety razor blades
(disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted)

NOOK
SabersNOOK
Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited. NOOK
Swords - cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils
NOOK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.


Sporting Goods

ItemCarry-On?
Checked?
Baseball Bats
NOOK
Bows and Arrows
NOOK
Cricket Bats NOOK
Golf Clubs
NOOK

Hockey Sticks

NOOK
Lacrosse Sticks
NOOK
Pool Cues NOOK
Skates (including ice skates or roller blades)
OKOK
Ski Poles
NOOK
Spear Guns
NOOK


          Guns & Firearms

ItemCarry-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. 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 our Firearms & Ammunition section.
NOOK
BB Guns
NOOK
Compressed Air Guns (to include paintball markers) - Carried in checked luggage without compressed air cylinder attached.NOOK
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 our Firearms & Ammunition section.  As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 - "A loaded firearm means a firearm that has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm."NOOK

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.

NOOK
FlaresNONO
Gun LightersNONO
Gun Powder including black powder and percussion caps NONO
Parts of Guns and FirearmsNOOK
Pellet Guns
NOOK
Realistic Replicas of FirearmsNOOK
Starter Pistols - can only be carried as checked baggage and MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.NOOK
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.
 

         Tools


ItemCarry-On?
Checked?
Axes and Hatchets
NOOK
Cattle Prods
NOOK
CrowbarsNOOK
HammersNOOK

Drills and Drill Bits (including portable power drills)

NOOK
Saws (including cordless portable power saws)NOOK
Tools (greaters than seven inches in length)NOOK
Wrenches / Pliers / Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)
OKOK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers
 

Martial Arts & Self Defense Items


ItemCarry-On?
Checked?
Billy Clubs
NOOK
Billy JacksNOOK
Brass KnucklesNOOK
KubatonsNOOK

Self Defense Sprays - One 4 ounce (118ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in Checked Baggage. For more information visit www.faa.gov., click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly.

NOOK
Martial Arts WeaponsNOOK
Night Sticks
NOOK
Nunchucks
NOOK
Stun Guns / Shocking Devices NOOK
Throwing Stars
NOOK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers
 

Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items


Explosive MaterialsCarry-On?
Checked?
Blasting Caps
NONO
Dynamite
NONO
FireworksNONO
Flares (in any form) NONO
Hand Grenades
NONO
Plastic ExplosivesNONO
Realistic Replicas of ExplosivesNONO
Flammable ItemsCarry-On?Checked?
Flares (in any form)  

Razor-type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives and safety razor blades
(disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted)

NOOK
   
SabersNOOK
   
Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited. NOOK
Swords - cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils
NOOK
   
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
 

Other Items


ItemCarry-On?
Checked?
Box Cutters
NOOK
Ice Axes / Ice Picks
NOOK
Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives NOOK
Meat CleaversNOOK

Razor-type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives and safety razor blades
(disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted)

NOOK
SabersNOOK
Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited. NOOK
Swords - cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils
NO

OK

 

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