What Are Some Things That You Can't Take Onto a Plane?


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As of 2015, the Transportation Security Administration prohibits passengers from taking on a plane explosive or flammable items such as flares, gun powder, fire extinguishers, lighter fuel and spray paint in either checked or carry-on baggage. The TSA does not allow firearms and ammunition; sharp objects such as knives, swords and scissors; and sporting goods such as baseball bats, pool cues and ski poles in carry-on baggage but does allow them in checked baggage.

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Other items that passengers can check in but not carry on board include tools such as screwdrivers longer than 7 inches, saws, drills and drill bits; martial arts weapons such as throwing stars and nunchucks; and some self-defense sprays. Sharp objects placed inside checked baggage must be secured in sheaths or wrapped to prevent injury to airport staff during baggage handling or inspection procedures.

Some items that passengers cannot carry in checked baggage but can carry on board include electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, lighters and safety matches.

Passengers can carry on food stuffs such as pies and cakes, but the security staff may subject them to additional security screening. However, passengers must check in any liquids, syrups, oils or gels and personal care items such as body and face creams, perfumes and aerosols that exceed 3.4 ounces. Disposable razors and empty safety razors are allowed in carry-on baggage but safety razors with blades must travel in checked baggage.

Check the TSA.gov website before flying for up-to-date details on prohibited items.

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