Taking a flight? What Can You Bring?

When I fly Can I bring……


Sharp Objects

Item Prohibited
  Carry-on? Checked?
Box Cutters NO OK
Ice Axes/Ice Picks NO OK
Knives – except for plastic or round bladed butter knives NO OK
Meat Cleavers NO OK
Razor-Type Blades – such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted) NO OK
Sabers NO OK
Scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited NO OK
Swords – cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils NO OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Sporting Goods

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Baseball Bats NO OK
Bows and Arrows NO OK
Cricket Bats NO OK
Golf Clubs NO OK
Hockey Sticks NO OK
Lacrosse Sticks NO OK
Pool Cues NO OK
Ski Poles NO OK
Spear Guns NO OK
For more information, please read our Traveling with Special Items section.

Guns & Firearms

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Ammunition – Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. 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, if any, that apply. Read our Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
BB guns NO OK
Compressed Air Guns (to include paintball markers) – Carried in checked luggage without compressed air cylinder attached.
NO OK
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 our Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
Flare Guns – May be carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Read our section on Camping and Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
Flares NO NO
Gun Lighters* NO OK
Gun Powder including black powder and percussion caps* NO NO
Parts of Guns and Firearms
Read our Firearms & Ammunition section.
NO OK
Pellet Guns NO OK
Realistic Replicas of Firearms NO OK
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. Read our Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
NOTE: Check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply.
*Permitted in checked baggage only if it does not contain lighter fluid.

Tools

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Axes and Hatchets NO OK
Cattle Prods NO OK
Crowbars NO OK
Hammers NO OK
Drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills) NO OK
Saws (including cordless portable power saws) NO OK
Tools (greater than seven inches in length) NO OK
Tools (seven inches or less in length) unless otherwise prohibited OK OK
Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length) OK OK
Wrenches and Pliers (seven inches or less in length) OK OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

Martial Arts & Self Defense Items

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Billy Clubs NO OK
Black Jacks NO OK
Brass Knuckles NO OK
Kubatons NO OK
Self Defense Sprays – One 4 ounce (118ml) 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% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in Checked Baggage. For more information visit www.faa.gov., click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly. NO OK
Martial Arts Weapons NO OK
Night Sticks NO OK
Nunchucks NO OK
Stun Guns/Shocking Devices NO OK
Throwing Stars NO OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items

Explosive Materials Carry-on? Checked?
Blasting Caps NO NO
Dynamite NO NO
Fireworks NO NO
Flares (in any form) NO NO
Hand Grenades NO NO
Plastic Explosives NO NO
Realistic Replicas of Explosives NO NO
Flammable Items Carry-on? Checked?
Aerosol (any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities) NO NO
Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel) NO NO
Gasoline NO NO
Gas Torches NO NO
Lighter Fluid NO NO
Common 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 (DOT) exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case. If you are uncertain as to whether your lighter is prohibited, please leave it at home. OK NO
Torch Lighters – Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit) 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. Torch lighters continue to be banned. NO NO
Strike-anywhere Matches – One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage. NO NO
Flammable Paints (See Other Items below for non-flammable paints) NO NO
Turpentine and Paint Thinner NO NO
Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries NO NO
NOTE: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov, click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly.
Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items Carry-on? Checked?
Chlorine for Pools and Spas NO NO
Small compressed gas cartridges
(Up to 2 in life vests and 2 spares. The spares must accompany the life vests and presented as one unit)
OK OK
Fire extinguishers and other compressed gas cylinders NO NO
Liquid Bleach NO NO
Spillable Batteries – except those in wheelchairs NO NO
Spray Paint NO NO
Tear Gas – Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN). NO NO
Vehicle Airbags NO NO
NOTE: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov.

Other Items

Item Carry-on? Checked?
Gel-type candles NO OK
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint NO NO
Non-flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint Yes – 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller container OK
Marijuana (including both medical and non-medical)* NO NO
Snow globes (unless otherwise
prohibited)
**
OK OK
*Screening procedures are governed by federal law and designed to detect threats to aviation security. TSA officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs; however, if an item is found that may violate federal law during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to law enforcement. Whether or not marijuana is considered medical marijuana federal law provides no basis to treat medical marijuana differently than non-medical marijuana.
**Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized, re-sealable bag, as the passenger’s other liquids, such as shampoo, toothpaste and cosmetics.

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People, please think about what your packing when your traveling. One stupid mistake by you, holds up the line for everyone else. The line at the airport is long enough as it is without your dumb behind bringing knives and guns. Check yourself, before you fly. I’m Just Sayin’

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