What are some things you cannot pack in a carry-on bag?


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Some items on the Transportation Security Administration's prohibited for carry-on list are: weapons, including firearms, knives, machetes and flares; self-defense sprays, such as mace or pepper spray; box cutters, swords and razors. Additional prohibited items are liquids in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, baseball bats, golf clubs and hockey sticks.

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The broad categories of items banned by the TSA are explosives/flammables, firearms, food, self-defense, sharp objects, sporting goods and tools. Among the banned explosives and flammables, passengers cannot bring aerosols; compressed gas cylinders of any sort, such as fire extinguishers; fireworks; fuels; hand grenades; or realistic replicas of incendiary or explosive devices. Among banned items in the firearms category, passengers may not bring ammunition, BB guns, compressed air guns, pellet guns, starter pistols, parts of guns or firearms or replicas of guns or firearms.

Foods and beverages in quantities under 3.4 ounces, or 100 milliliters, are generally allowed, though no weight rules apply to fresh whole fruits or cakes and pies. Unlike food items, no self-defense items may be carried onto an airplane. This includes billy clubs, brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, night sticks, nunchucks, throwing stars, stun guns or shocking devices. Sharp objects such as scissors with blades four inches or longer, ice axes and ice picks, meat cleavers and razor-type blades are also banned.

The only tools allowed in carry-on bags are small hand tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers less than seven inches long. Sporting goods are generally not permitted, with the exception of ice and roller skates and rollerblades.

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