What Types of Items Are Allowed in Carry-on Luggage?


Quick Answer

Most personal items, such as clothing and electronics, are permitted to be packed in carry-on bags. Most liquids, gels and aerosols can be placed in carry-on luggage but only in limited amounts. Passengers must abide by the carry-on rules of both the Transportation Security Administration and the individual airline. Every airline has its own baggage rules, so it's wise to check the airline's policies before leaving for the airport.

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The TSA's rules about liquids in carry-ons apply to all passengers, regardless of airline. Each passenger is required to pack nonflammable liquids, gels and aerosols in containers that are no larger than 3.4 ounces each. All these containers must fit in a 1-quart bag, and each passenger is limited to one such bag.

There are a few exceptions to the liquids rule. Parents traveling with small children may bring unlimited amounts of necessary juice, formula and breast milk. Passengers may also bring larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols if they are medically necessary.

The TSA allows passengers to pack disposable razors in carry-on bags, but straight razors aren't permitted.

Electronic cigarettes or vaping devices, lighters without fuel, and screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers shorter than 7 inches are examples of some other items that the TSA allows to be packed in carry-on bags.

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