Airport Security Guards

Prohibited Items

One of the reasons that air transportation is safer today is due to the prohibition on some items that you can no longer carry on the plane. Here is a list of common items and whether they are not they are allowed in carry-on or checked luggage:

ITEM CARRY-ON CHECKED
Aerosols

Aerosols are prohibited with the exception of personal care items or toiletries in limited quantities.

< 3.4 oz No
Alcohol
< 3.4 oz Yes
Ammunition

Check with your airline if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage. 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.

No Yes
Axes and Hatchets
No Yes
Baseball Bats
No Yes
BB Guns
No Yes
Billy Clubs
No Yes
Black Jacks
No Yes
Blasting Caps
No No
Bows and Arrows
No Yes
Box Cutters
No Yes
Brass Knuckles
No Yes
Cattle Prods
No Yes
Chlorine for Pools and Spas
No No
Compressed Air Guns

Including paintball markers, may be carried in checked baggage without compressed air cylinder attached.

No Yes
Creamy Dips and Spreads
< 3.4 oz Yes
Cricket Bats
No Yes
Crowbars
No Yes
Disposable Razor
Yes Yes
Drills and Drill Bits

Including cordless portable power drills.

No Yes
Dynamite
No No
Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices

The FAA prohibits these devices in checked baggage. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside.

Yes No
Fire Extinguishers and Other Compressed Gas Cylinders
No No
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 guidelines.

No Yes
Fireworks
No No
Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol Paint
No No
Flammable Paints
No No
Flare Guns

Flare Guns may be carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, within hazardous material regulations, and declared to the airline at check-in.

No Yes
Flares
No No
Fresh Whole Fruits
Yes Yes
Fuels

Cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel is prohibited.

No No
Gas Torches
No No
Gasoline
No No
Gel-Type Candles
No Yes
Golf Clubs
No Yes
Gravy
< 3.4 oz Yes
Gun Lighters
No No
Gun Powder

Including black powder and percussion caps.

No No
Hammers
No Yes
Hand Grenades
No No
Hockey Sticks
No Yes
Ice Axes/Ice Picks
No Yes
Jam and Jelly
< 3.4 oz Yes
Knitting needles
Yes Yes
Knives

Except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.

No Yes
Kubatons
No Yes
Lacrosse Sticks
No Yes
Lighter Fluid
No No
Lighters

Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.

Yes No
Liquid Bleach
No No
Maple Syrup
< 3.4 oz Yes
Martial Arts Weapons
No Yes
Meat Cleavers
No Yes
Night Sticks
No Yes
Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol

Up to < 3.4 oz./100.55 ml or less that fit in one, clear, plastic, quart-sized, resealable bag.

Yes Yes
Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol

More than < 3.4 oz./100.55 ml.

No Yes
Nunchucks
No Yes
Oils and Vinegars
< 3.4 oz Yes
Parts of Guns and Firearms

Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on, but may be transported in checked baggage.

No Yes
Pellet Guns
No Yes
Pies and Cakes
Yes Yes
Pool Cues
No Yes
Razor-Type Blades

Box cutters, razor blades not in a cartridge are prohibited in carry-on.

No Yes
Realistic Replicas of Explosives
No No
Realistic Replicas of Firearms
No Yes
Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries
No No
Recreational Oxygen

Non-medically required, flavored or canned oxygen containers are prohibited.

No No
Sabers
No Yes
Safety Matches

One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.

Yes No
Safety Razor With Blades (allowed without blade)
No Yes
Salad Dressing
< 3.4 oz Yes
Salsa and Sauces
< 3.4 oz Yes
Saws

Including cordless portable power saws.

No Yes
Scissors

Metal with pointed tips and a blade length greater than four inches measured from the fulcrum are not allowed.

No Yes
Screwdrivers/Wrenches/Pliers

Less than seven inches in length.

Yes Yes
Self Defense Sprays

One 4 fl. oz. (118 ml) 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 percent by mass of tear gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in checked baggage. For more information, visit faa.gov

No Yes
Skates

Including ice skates and rollerblades.

Yes Yes
Ski Poles
No Yes
Small Compressed Gas Cartridges

Up to two in life vests and two spares. The spares must accompany the personal flotation device and presented as one unit.

Yes Yes
Soups
< 3.4 oz Yes
Spear Guns
No Yes
Spillable Batteries

Except those in wheelchairs.

No No
Spray Paint
No No
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.

No Yes
Strike-anywhere Matches
No No
Stun Guns/Shocking Devices
No Yes
Swords

Cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils.

No Yes
Tear Gas

Self-defense sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

No No
Throwing Stars
No Yes
Tools

Greater than seven inches in length.

No Yes
Torch Lighters

Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 °F) and more intense than those from common lighters. Torch lighters are often used for pipes and cigars, and maintain a consistent stream of air-propelled fire regardless of the angle at which it is held.

No No
Turpentine and Paint Thinner
No No
Vehicle Airbags
No No
Yogurt
< 3.4 oz Yes