What Items Are Not Allowed in Carry-on Luggage on an Airplane?


Weapons, tools, explosives, sharp objects, pool cues, hockey sticks and baseball bats are a few of the many items that are prohibited from being carried in carry-on luggage by the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Many of these items are permitted to travel in checked luggage with obvious restrictions for safety and security concerns.

In addition to banning items like sporting goods, knives, weapons and ammunition on board the plane, there are also restrictions about transporting gel or liquids. The limit to gels and liquids is no more than 3.4 fluid ounces per individual container.

These liquids include food stuffs like jam, gravy, maple syrup, peanut butter, gift baskets, salsas, oils and vinegars.

Creams and lotions, hairsprays, deodorant, perfume and toothpaste and liquid soap more than 3.4 ounces and not in a clear bag are restricted from the plane but can be stowed in checked baggage.

Liquid medications, baby food exceeding 3 ounces, empty Camel backs and water bottles, blood sugar treatments, diabetes medicine and the equipment needed to administer it, scissors, corkscrews and cigar cutters can all be carried in a carry-on bag but need to be separated and in a clear plastic bag. People carrying these items must also announce that fact when going through security.