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July 31, 2017

What Can I Bring When Traveling to The USA

1. TSA what can I bring according to TSA guidelines?


It is very important that you are well aware of the items that you are taking on the plane to the US. In order to avoid any hassles, we highly recommend that you plan very carefully ahead, organise all your items and follow the TSA checklist very carefully so that when you are screened, you have the highest chance of entering the country with all your valuables. Even though the item may be allowed, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) might need to be screened again if it hints a security breach.

If you are travelling with any TSA prohibited items, you may be subject to hefty penalties.

If you are not sure about your item that you are intending on taking to The United States, you can take a picture and send it through to AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger.

Note: The final decision on whether or not the item will be allowed into the country is always up to the discretion of the TSA officer.

For more information, visit www.tsa.gov

 

2. Liquids Rule


It is permitted to take a small-sized bag of creams, gels, sprays, liquids and pastes in your carry on luggage. The limitation is that you are only permitted to travel with travel containers that are 100 millilitres or less (3.4 oz).

To make the screening process much more convenient and quicker, please separate these items from the rest of your carry-on luggage by placing them in a small plastic bag. If you do have any liquids that are over 100 millilitres, you will have to pack these items in your checked luggage.

If any of these items that you decide to take on your carry on set off the alarm during the screening process, they will need to undergo further screening.

*Liquid rule exemptions:

  • Medications accompanied by the prescription receipt
  • Baby food, liquids, and products

International Flights (Inbound)

It is permitted to carry on any liquids, sprays, gels, creams or pastes that were purchased in duty-free and that are more than 100ml or 3.4 oz if:

  • They were bought overseas and the traveller is travelling to the USA on and inbound connecting flight.
  • They are packaged in a see-through, fastened and tamper-free bag by the retailer and have no signs of tampering when shown to TSA security.
  • They are presented with the original receipt that proves that the purchase was made in the last 48 hours.

* If you do have any liquids that are over 100ml that are not presented in a tamper-free, fastened bag, you’ll be needed to put them in your checked luggage.

 

3. Flammables


Due to checked and carry-on luggage restrictions, most flammable items are strictly on all flights to the USA. Lithium batteries and phone chargers are permitted. Smoking items are permitted in the cabin, but all other items (weapons, explosives, flammable liquids, gas products, airbags, etc.) are prohibited due to TSA carry on item restrictions and subject to strict rules for baggage luggage on all flights to the United States.  For more information, contact the airline directly or visit TSA.gov.

ItemCarry OnChecked
Bang SnapsNoNo
Blasting CapsNoNo
ButaneNoNo
Chlorine for Spas and PoolsNoNo
Cigarette/CigarYesYes
CigarettesYesYes
Disposable and Zippo Lighters

* Disposable and Zippo lighters have to have NO fuel in order to be allowed in your checked in luggage, unless they are exempted by the Department of Transportation, which permits two lighters with fuel if they are properly packaged in a DOT approved case.
YesYes*
Dry Batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D)YesYes
DynamiteNoNo
English Christmas CrackersNoNo
Fire Extinguishers and Other Compressed Gas CylindersNoNo
FirecrackerNoNo
FireworksNoNo
Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol PaintNoNo
Flammable PaintsNoNo
Fuels

* Any kind of flammable liquid is not permitted.
NoNo
Gas TorchesNoNo
GasolineNoNo
Gel-Type CandlesNoYes
Hand GrenadesNoNo
Lighter FluidNoNo
Liquid BleachNoNo
Lithium batteries with less than 100-watt hours

* Lithium batteries with 100 watt hours or less are permitted to be carried in carry on and checked luggage if it is inside a device. Batteries outside of the device are prohibited in checked luggage. FAA regulations has more information on battery allowances.
YesYes*
Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours

* Two batteries with more than 100 watt hours may be allowed in carry-on bags per person BUT only after being cleared by the airline. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags.
Yes*No
Non-Spillable Wet Batteries

* Two spare non-spillable wet batteries are permitted to travel with you if they do not exceed 12 volts and 100 watt hours.
Yes*Yes
Party PoppersNoNo
Pepper Spray

You are allowed to have one 118 millilitre or 4 fluid ounce container of pepper spray in your checked bags with a maximum concentration of 2% active ingredient, only if the container has a safety mechanism to avert it accidentally going off.

* Always check with the Airline’s policy prior to flying
NoVerify with the Airline
Phone ChargersYesYes
Realistic Replicas of ExplosivesNoNo
Realistic Replicas of IncendiariesNoNo
Recreational Oxygen

All non-medical, flavored or canned oxygen containers are prohibited.
NoNo
Safety Matches

* You are permitted to take one box of safety matches in your carry-on, but any matches in your checked luggage is prohibited.
Yes*No
Self-Defense Sprays

* One 4 fl. oz. (118 ml) bottle of pepper spray or mace will be allowed in checked baggage given that it is equipped with a safety option that prevents accidental leakage. Sprays used for self-defence that contain more than 2 percent of tear gas are not allowed in checked luggage.
NoYes*
Solid CandlesYesYes
SparklersNoNo
Spray PaintNoNo
Strike-anywhere MatchesNoNo
Tear Gas

Sprays of self-defense that have more than 2 percent tear gas will not be allowed in both your checked and carry-on luggage.
NoNo
Torch Lighters

Torch lighters create a thinner flame that is much hotter (2,500F) than that of a normal lighter. They are most commonly used for cigars and pipes and maintain a constant stream of fire regardless of the angle that it is held at.
NoNo
Vehicle AirbagsNoNo

 

4. Firearms


For obvious reasons of safety, firearms are subject to particularly strict regulations. All weapons, real or artificial, are either prohibited or subjected to strict conditions and must be packed in checked luggage on flights to the USA. For more information, contact the airline directly or visit TSA.gov.

ItemCarry OnChecked
Ammunition

* It is of high importance that you verify with the airline, prior to flying, if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage. You must pack your small ammunition in secured wood, fibre or metal boxes that are specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Consult the airline with any questions regarding fees or rules. Also, make sure you are well aware of the laws concerning firearms in the country that you are travelling to.
NoYes*
BB Guns

* Verify with your airline, prior to flying, to see if firearms are allowed in your checked luggage. Read their firearms policy before flying. Also, make sure that you are well aware of the laws concerning firearms in the country that you are travelling to.
NoYes*
Compressed Air Guns

Paintball guns may be stored in checked baggage, but only with the compressed air cylinder detached.
NoYes*
Firearms

You must store your unloaded firearms in a hard-cased, locked package and declare it at the check-in desk. Always consult the airline’s firearm policy prior departure.
NoYes*
Flare Guns

* Flare guns will only be permitted if they are unloaded, stored in a hard case, do not breach hazardous material regulations and then must be declared at the check-in desk when departing. Always verify with the specific airline that you are planning on flying with if you can take flare guns in your checked baggage.
NoYes*
FlaresNoNo
Gun LightersNoNo
Gun Powder*

* This includes percussion caps and black powder.
NoNo
Parts of Guns and Firearms

* All Firearm parts, including firing pins, bolts, clips and magazines are not permitted in your carry-on, but are permitted in checked luggage. Always check the airline’s terms and conditions before flying.
NoYes*
Pellet Guns

Verify the airline’s terms and conditions in regards to their firearms policy.
NoYes*

 

5. TSA Food


Ever pondered the question, “can you bring food on a plane?”. If so, and you are planning on travelling with food and are not sure what you can take on a plane, make sure that you read this section carefully to find out what things you can’t take on a plane.

In most cases you are allowed to transport dry food, but it is not permitted to carry animal products on-board. Liquid beverages must be transported in containers up to 100ml, regardless of the actual quantity of liquid transported. The main exceptions to the rules concerning liquids are related to baby foods and food products linked to specific medical schemes.

TSA restrictions on food are quite strict and should be adhered to in order to avoid hefty penalties. If you have any doubts or enquiries such as “what can I take on a plane?” or simply about which foods are permitted according to TSA rules, please visit TSA.gov

ItemCarry OnChecked
Alcoholic beverages

* Alcoholic beverages that range between 24 – 70% alcohol are allowed in checked baggage up to 5 litres per passenger. TSA carry on rules state that the alcohol must be unopened and in its original packaging. TSA regulations allow alcoholic beverages with less than 24% alcohol content in checked luggage.

Mini alcohol bottles that are being carried in your carry on baggage must be kept in a single quart-sized bag.
Yes*Yes
Alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcoholNoNo
Baby Food

Baby food is permitted in your carry on luggage if it is a reasonable quantity. Make sure that you separate the food from the rest of your luggage to be screened.
YesYes
Baby Formula

* TSA security approved taking on-board breast milk, juice and formula in your carry on as long as it is within reasonable quantities. Your child does not need to be accompanying you in order to take breast milk. Make sure that you separate all baby formula so that it can be screened.
Yes*Yes
Bottled Water

* Under TSA carry on liquids policy, you are permitted to take bottled water in your carry on if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Breast Milk

TSA security approved taking on-board breast milk, juice and formula in your carry on as long as it is within reasonable quantities. Your child does not need to be accompanying you in order to take breast milk. Make sure that you separate all baby formula so that it can be screened.
YesYes
CandyYesYes
Canned Foods

* Canned foods are allowed, however there are some foods that are prohibited which could make the screening process more complicated. The way that some of the foods look like during the X-ray process could raise security concerns, therefore requiring further screening which might result in your item not being allowed past the security checkpoint. We highly recommend that you put canned items in your checked luggage, leave it at home or ship it to the required destination.
Yes*Yes*
CerealYesYes
Cheese (Creamy)

* Cheese (creamy) is permitted if it is less than 100ml
Yes*Yes
Cheese (Solid)YesYes
Chocolate (Solid)YesYes
Coffee (Beans or Ground)YesYes
Coffee (Liquid)

* Liquid coffee is permitted if it is less than 100ml
Yes*Yes
Coffee Thermos (empty)

Make sure that when going through the security checkpoint that the thermoses are empty. You will be able to fill them up after you get through.
YesYes
Cooked Meat, Seafood and Vegetable (No Liquid)

You are able to take these food items on your carry on or your checked luggage. TSA does not allow you to carry on liquids with any kinds of meat, seafood or vegetables.
YesYes
CookiesYesYes
CrackersYesYes
Creamy Dips and Spreads

* The item needs to be less than 100ml
Yes*Yes
Dried FruitsYesYes
Fresh EggsYesYes
Fresh Meat, Seafood and Vegetable

* Meat, seafood, vegetable are permitted on carry-on and checked bags if they have absolutely no liquid. TSA does not permit to carry on liquids. If there is ice in the packaging, it needs to be completely frozen for it to be allowed when going through screening. Dry ice is also permitted to be used to preserve perishable foods on your carry on and checked luggage. TSA carry on restrictions only allow you to have five pounds of dry ice that is both packaged and marked properly.
Yes*Yes
Fresh Whole Fruits

You are only allowed to take food products on your carry on and checked luggage that are solid and do not contain any liquid content at all. If you do wish to carry gels or liquids, you are permitted only up till 3.4 oz.
YesYes
Frozen Food

* Meat, seafood, vegetable are permitted on carry-on and checked bags if they have absolutely no liquid. TSA does not permit to carry on liquids. If there is ice in the packaging, it needs to be completely frozen for it to be allowed when going through screening.
Yes*Yes
Gel Ice Packs

* TSA security permits frozen liquids only if they are completely frozen when you go through the screening process.
Yes*Yes
Gravy

* Gravy is permitted if it is less than 100ml
Yes*Yes
GumYesYes
Hummus

* Hummus is permitted if it is less than 100ml
Yes*Yes
Ice cream

* TSA security permits frozen liquids only if they are completely frozen when you go through the screening process.
Yes*Yes
Jam and Jelly

* Jam and Jelly is permitted if it is less than 100ml
Yes*Yes
Juice for Babies

* TSA security approved taking on-board breast milk, juice and formula in your carry on as long as it is within reasonable quantities. Make sure that you separate all juice so that it can be screened.
Yes*Yes
Juices

* Juices are permitted if it is less than 100ml
Yes*Yes
Lobster (live)

A lobster (live) is only allowed through security if it is stored in a spill-proof container that is plastic and see-through. It is highly recommended that you check with your airline directly before arriving at the airport to make sure that there are no policy violations. Your lobster will also be checked by a TSA officer in the screening process.
Verify with AirlineYes
Maple Syrup

* Maple Syrup is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Nuts

* Maple Syrup is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
YesYes
Oils and Vinegars

* Oils and vinegars are permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Peanut Butter

* Peanut Butter is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Pies and CakesYesYes
PizzaYesYes
Protein PowderYesYes
Salad Dressing

* Salad Dressing is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Salsa and Sauces

* Salsa and Sauces are permitted if they are less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
SaltYesYes
SandwichesYesYes
Snacks

* All snack foods need to be solid with no liquid in order to be permitted inside your carry on or checked luggage.
Yes*Yes*
Solid FoodsYesYes
Soups

* Soup is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Water for Babies

* Water for babies is permitted in your carry on luggage if it is a reasonable quantity. Make sure that you separate the food from the rest of your luggage to be screened.
Yes*Yes
YogurtYesYes

 

6. Household and Tools


TSA has very strict guidelines in order to maintain a high level of security in the country. With this being said, TSA have implemented certain airport security rules as to what you can take on an airplane in regards to household tools.

For flights to the USA, most common household items allowed in your carry on, with the exception of sharp objects and flammable items. Sharp, piercing or heated tools are prohibited in cabin luggage, but in most cases allowed in checked baggage, except for highly flammable substances, which are prohibited in both checked and carry on luggage. For more information, visit our website at tsa.gov or contact the airline directly.

ItemCarry OnChecked
Axes and HatchetsNoYes
Blender

* TSA baggage rules states that you are only allowed to take blades on carry on if the blade has been removed.
If you do have any sharp objects in your luggage, you should have them wrapped up securely so that you do not injure baggage handlers.
Yes*Yes
Bottle OpenerYesYes
Breast PumpYesYes
Bug Repellent

* Bug Repellent is permitted if it less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Cattle ProdsNoYes
Cell PhonesYesYes
ClockYesYes
Coat HangersYesYes
Coffee/Espresso Maker

We kindly ask that you are extra careful when you pack your electronics. Remember to wrap up all cords and to also pack all expensive electronics in TSA approved carry on luggage.
YesYes
Cologne

* Cologne is only permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Concealer

* Concealer is only permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Conditioner

* Conditioner is only permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Corkscrews (with no blade)YesYes
Cream

* Cream is only permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
CrowbarsNoYes
Curling Iron (with cord)YesYes
Curling Irons (cordless)

*If your cordless curling iron is butane fuelled and has a gas cartridge, they will only be permitted in TSA approved checked luggage.

You must obtain a safety cover to use on your device in order to prevent it from accidentally turning on.

TSA security does not allow spare cartridges of gas on board.
NoYes*
Deodorant (liquid)

*TSA permits liquid deodorant if it is only less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Deodorant (Solid)YesYes
Detergent (liquid)

* Liquid detergent is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Detergent (powder or pellet)YesYes
Drills and Drill Bits

If your tool is longer than 7 inches, it will not be permitted in your carry on. This includes portable power drills (cordless).
NoYes
Duct TapeYesYes
DVD PlayersYesYes
Electric RazorsYesYes
Empty Water BottleYesYes
Engine-powered Equipment Completely Purged of Fuel

Certain airlines may still not permit engine-powered equipment on their plane even if it has been completely purged.
Verify directly with AirlineNo
Engine-powered Equipment with Residual Fuel

Equipment such as generators and chainsaws are not permitted.
NoNo
Eye Liners (liquid)

* Liquid eyeliner is permitted only if less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Fidget Spinners
YesYes
Flashlights

* If your torch/flashlight is longer than 7 inches long, you’ll need to pack it in your carry on baggage.
Yes* (Special Instructions)Yes
ForkYesYes
FoundationYesYes
Full Sized Video Game ConsolesYesYes
Hair DryerYesYes
Hair Straightener (Flat Iron)YesYes
Hair Texturizer

* Hair texturizer is permitted only if it less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Hairspray

* Hairspray is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
HammersNoYes
Hand Sanitizers

* Hand Sanitizer is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Heating Pad (Gel)NoYes
Heating Pads (Electric)YesYes
iPodYesYes
Laptops

You have to make sure that you separate your laptop from the rest of your luggage so that it can be screened.
YesYes
License plateYesYes
Light BulbsYesYes
LipsticksYesYes
LotionYes*Yes
Lotion

* Lotion is allowed if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
MagnetsYesYes
Makeup Remover

* Makeup remover is permitted if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Mascara

* Mascara is permitted only if it is less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
MicrowaveNoYes
MirrorsYesYes
Mixer

* You should verify with your airline first to make sure that it is ok to take a mixer in your carry-on luggage.
Yes*Yes
Multi-tool without BladesYesYes
Nail fileYesYes
Nail File (metal)

If you have any sharp objects in your bag, make sure that they are wrapped up securely so that they do not injure baggage handlers.
YesYes
Nail Polish

* Nail Polish is permitted only if it is under 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Nail Polish Remover

* Nail Polish Remover is permitted if it is under 100ml.
Yes*Yes
PaintingsYesYes
Perfume

* Perfume is permitted if it is under 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Powder MakeupYesYes
Printer

* Make sure that you separate the printer from the rest of your luggage so that it can be screened.
YesYes
Printer InkYesYes
RadioYesYes
Remote Controlled Cars

We kindly ask that you are extra careful when you pack your electronics. Remember to wrap up all cords and to also pack all expensive electronics in TSA approved carry on luggage.
YesYes
Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The U.S. Department of Transportation, with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, have banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices from air travel in the US. It is not permitted to travel with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in person, in your carry-on or checked in luggage.
NoNo
Screwdriver (longer than 7 inches)

If you are planning on travelling with tools, make sure that they are no longer than 7 inches because any longer and they will be prohibited from your carry-on and checked luggage.
NoYes
Screwdrivers (shorter than 7 inches)YesYes
Selfie StickYesYes
Sewing MachineYesYes
ShampooYesYes
Shaving Cream

* Shaving Cream is permitted if it is under 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Small Toy CarsYesYes
Solid MakeupYesYes
SpeakersYesYes
Spillable Batteries

* Spillable batteries are only permitted if they are in in wheelchairs.
NoNo
StaplersYesYes
Stick PinsYesYes
TabletsYesYes
Tattoo GunsYesYes
Tea KettleYesYes
TENS unit

TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units are permitted in your checked and carry-on luggage. If you have been advised by your doctor to not allows your TENS unit to go through an x-ray machine, notify a TSA officer.
YesYes
Tools

* If you are planning on travelling with tools, make sure that they are no longer than 7 inches because any longer and they will be prohibited from your carry-on and checked luggage.
NoYes
ToothbrushYesYes
Tortilla PressYesYes
Toy RobotsYesYes
TripodsYesYes
Turpentine and Paint ThinnerNoNo
Utensils

* Unless the knife is either a butter knife or plastic, you are not allowed knives in your carry-on luggage.
YesYes
Waffle IronYesYes
Wedding Dress

* If you are planning on travelling with a wedding dress, we strongly recommended that you package it in a garment bag so that it is protected during the screening procedure. We also strongly recommend that you verify with the airline prior to flying to make sure that it can be taken on the plane as carry-on or if it has to be checked in. If the dress cannot be put through the x-ray machine for whatever reason, the packaging will have to be opened by TSA officers.
Yes*Yes*
Wet WipesYesYes
Wrenches/Pliers

If you are planning on travelling with tools, make sure that they are no longer than 7 inches because any longer and they will be prohibited from your carry-on and checked luggage
Yes*Yes

 

7. Medical


When traveling by plane to the US, you can take most common medicines and medical items in your carry on, subject to the terms and conditions and packing requirements by the airline.  To avoid misunderstandings and to be able to transport your medical items (gel, liquid, aerosol) of more than 100ml, have the doctor’s prescription with all your items. For example, there are special instructions for the use of blunt or perforating medical devices (eg syringes), as well as electronic equipment or any object that can be used as a weapon.  In any case, you should always verify directly with the airline before taking your medical items to the US.

ItemCarry OnChecked
Blood Sugar Test Kit

* You need to let TSA security know that you have diabetes and that you are going to be travelling with your supplies. Your supplies and insulin pumps must be accompanied by insulin and be clearly labelled.
Yes*Yes*
CanesYesYes
CastsYesYes
Contact Lenses

* TSA allowed items include larger amounts of gels, aerosols and liquids for medical purposes. However, you have to declare these items to TSA security at the checkpoint.
Yes*Yes*
CrutchesYesYes
EpiPens

TSA allowed items include larger amounts of gels, aerosols and liquids for medical purposes. However, you are needed to declare these items to TSA security at the checkpoint.
YesYes
External Medical Devices

* Before you get screened, make sure that you tell the TSA officer if you have a port, bone growth stimulator, spinal stimulator, feeding tube, neurostimulator, insulin pump, ostomy or other medical devices attached to your body. If you have any documentation that explains your medical condition, present it to the TSA officer or present the TSA notification card. If you can disconnect the device safely, you can proceed in the screening procedure and put it through the x-ray machine or metal detector.
If the device is not able to disconnect, it will need to be manually inspected.
Yes*Yes
Eye Drops

* Eye drops are permitted if they are less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Inhalers

TSA allowed items include larger amounts of gels, aerosols and liquids for medical purposes. However, you are needed to declare these items to TSA security at the checkpoint.
Yes*Yes
Insulin

You need to let TSA security know that you have diabetes and that you are going to be travelling with your supplies. Your supplies and insulin pumps must be accompanied by insulin and be clearly labelled.
YesYes
Insulin Pumps

You need to let TSA security know that you have diabetes and that you are going to be travelling with your supplies. Your supplies and insulin pumps must be accompanied by insulin and be clearly labelled.
YesYes
Insulin Supplies

* You need to let TSA security know that you have diabetes and that you are going to be travelling with your supplies. Your supplies and insulin pumps must be accompanied by insulin and be clearly labelled.
Yes*Yes*
Life Vest

* The life vest that you take on the plane must have at least two CO2 cartridges with two cartridges as spare.
Yes*Yes*
Liquid Vitamins

* Liquid vitamins are permitted if they are under 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Medical Marijuana

Marijuana and other drugs are not searched by TSA officers. In the case of a substance being found, the incident will be passed on to the authorities.
Even if marijuana isn’t illegal according to the local law, TSA is a federal body therefore there is no difference between medical and non-medical marijuana.
NoNo
TSA Medication (Liquid)

TSA allowed items include larger amounts of gels, aerosols and liquids for medical purposes. However, you are needed to declare these items to TSA security at the checkpoint.
YesYes
Medications (Pills)YesYes
Nebulizers, CPAPs, BiPAPs, and APAPs

* Nebulizers, CPAPs, BiPAPs and APAPs are permitted to be taken in your carry-on luggage but must be taken out of their cases and be presented for screening in the x-ray machine. You may keep any tubing and facemasks in the case.
You are allowed to use a clear plastic bag to put your items inside, but they may be removed for testing by the officers to check for explosive residue.
Yes*Yes
Nitroglycerine PillsYesYes
Pill CutterYesYes
ProstheticsYesYes
SupplementsYesYes
Support Braces (Knee, Ankle, Wrist, Back)YesYes
ThermometerYesYes
Unused Syringes

* You are permitted to travel with unused syringes only when they are with an injectable medication. You will need to declare these items to a security officer at security checkpoint. In order to make the screening process much easier, label your medication.
Yes*Yes
Used Syringes

* You will need to travel with your used syringes in a Sharps disposal container in order to be permitted for travel.
Yes*Yes
VitaminsYesYes
WalkersYesYes
WheelchairsYesYes

 

8. Sharp Objects


In general, you are prohibited from traveling with sharp objects in your carry-on bags to the US; please pack these items in your checked bags. Scissors with blades smaller than 4 inches, small needles carried for special medical needs, and other sharp objects that do not have a blade may be placed in carry-on bags.

ItemCarry OnChecked
Box Cutters

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Cigar Cutters

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Corkscrews (with blade)

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Crochet Hooks

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
YesYes
Disposable Razor

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
YesYes
Ice Axes/Ice Picks

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Knitting Needles

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
YesYes
Knives

* Butter and plastic knives are permitted.

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Leatherman Tools

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Meat Cleavers

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Nail Clippers

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
YesYes
Pencil SharpenersYesYes
Pocket Knife

The general TSA knife rules are that sharp objects are not permitted in your carry-on. Please take them in your checked luggage.
NoYes
Razor-Type Blades

If the razor blade is not in a cartridge, it will not be permitted.
If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Sabers

If the razor blade is not in a cartridge, it will not be permitted.
If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Safety pinYesYes
Safety Razor With Blades (allowed without blade)

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Saws

* This includes portable and cordless power saws.

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Scissors

* If you plan on taking scissors on carry-on, they must be at least 4 inches from the point of pivot.

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
Yes*Yes
Sewing Needles

* Circular thread cutters or any tools that have a blade must be packed in your checked luggage. Scissors that are less than 4 inches are also permitted in carry-on luggage.
YesYes
Swords

This includes any thrusting or cutting weapons. All your swords MUST be securely wrapped so that they do not injure inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
Throwing StarsNoYes
Tweezers

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
YesYes

 

9. Sporting and Camping


For your trip to the USA, you are permitted to travel with some small sports items in your carry-on baggage, as long as they do not pose any threat. Blunt items and bulky items must be checked in.  In addition, all weapons, sporting or dangerous sporting goods are subject to special conditions of travel.  For more enquiries about “what I can take on an airplane?”, see our website at tsa.gov.

ItemCarry OnChecked
AntlersYesYes
Baseball Bats

Pieces of sports gear that can be used as a club are banned in the plane’s cabin and must be checked in.
NoYes
Basketballs/Baseballs/FootballsYesYes
Bear BangersNoNo
Bear spray

You are allowed to have one 118 millilitre or 4 fluid ounce container of pepper spray in your checked bags with a maximum concentration of 2% active ingredient, only if the container has a safety mechanism to avert it accidentally going off.

Note: The majority of animal repellents exceed these limitations.
NoYes
Bicycle ChainsYesYes
Bicycle PumpsYesYes
BicyclesContact AirlineContact Airline
Bocce BallsYesYes
Bowling Balls

Pieces of sports gear that can be used as a club are banned in the plane’s cabin and must be checked in.
YesYes
Bows and ArrowsNoYes
Boxing GlovesYesYes
Canoe/Kayak PaddlesNoYes
CO2 Cartridge for Life Vest

* The life vest that you take on the plane must have at least two CO2 cartridges with two cartridges as spare.
Yes*Yes*
Crampons

* The life vest that you take on the plane must have at least two CO2 cartridges with two cartridges as spare.
NoYes
Cricket BatsNoYes
Divot ToolsYesYes
Fishing pole

* Fishing rods are allowed in checked and carry-on luggage but it is recommended that you check with the airline first to make sure that it fits within the size limitations.

If you have any sharp fishing gear such as large hooks should be wrapped securely and packed in your checked luggage. If you have any fishing gear of high value, pack it in your checked luggage.
Yes*Yes*
Football HelmetsYesYes
Golf BallsYesYes
Golf ClubsNoYes
Golf TeesYesYes
Hand WarmersYesYes
HelmetsYesYes
Hiking PolesNoYes
Hockey SticksNoYes
KubatonsNoYes
Lacrosse SticksNoYes
LongboardsYesYes
Martial Arts WeaponsNoYes
Navigation GPSYesYes
Nerf® gunsNoYes
NunchucksNoYes
Pool CuesNoYes
RocksYesYes
SandYesYes
Shoe/Snow Spikes

Pieces of sports gear that can be used as a club are banned in the plane’s cabin and must be checked in.
NoYes
Skateboards

* You are allowed to take skateboards in your carry-on. Check size and weight restrictions with your airline.
Yes*Yes
Skates

This includes ice skates and rollerblades.
YesYes
Ski PolesNoYes
Skillet

Due to how the item may appear during the x-ray, it may not be allowed due to security concerns. Therefore, we highly recommend that you pack this item in your checked luggage or leave it at home.
NoYes
Sleeping Bag

Due to how the item may appear during the x-ray, it may not be allowed due to security concerns. Therefore, we highly recommend that you pack this item in your checked luggage or leave it at home.
YesYes
Small Compressed Gas Cartridges

Unless it is for personal medical use, the gas cylinder needs to be empty. In order for the cylinder to be permitted, the TSA security officer needs to clearly see that it is empty. In the case of a personal oxygen cylinder, it cannot have a removed or tampered regulatory valve.

If the gas cylinder is not for personal use, the regulatory valve will need to be completely disconnected from the cylinder. TSa officers will not remove the seal from the cylinder regardless of the pressure reading on the gauge. If there is a seal, it will be prohibited.
NoNo
Small Fishing Lures

If you have any sharp fishing gear such as large hooks should be wrapped securely and packed in your checked luggage. If you have any fishing gear of high value, pack it in your checked luggage.
YesYes
Snow Cleats

Pieces of sports gear that can be used as a club are banned in the plane’s cabin and must be checked in.
NoYes
SnowboardsYesYes
SnowshoesYesYes
Spear GunsNoYes
Sports Cleats

Pieces of sports gear that can be used as a club are banned in the plane’s cabin and must be checked in.
YesYes
Tennis RacketsYesYes
Tent

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
Verify directly with the AirlineVerify directly with the Airline
Tent Spikes

If you are travelling with sharp objects, make sure that you securely wrap them so that they do not run the risk of injuring inspectors or baggage handlers.
NoYes
TrophyYesYes
Umbrellas

Umbrellas are permitted on your carry-on luggage, but verify with the airline to check size limitations.
Yes*Yes
Walking Sticks

Umbrellas are permitted on your carry-on luggage, but verify with the airline to check size limitations.
NoYes

 

10. Miscellaneous


TSA has implemented some travel bans on some miscellaneous items that breach TSA approved luggage rules.

When flying to the US, it is highly recommended that you verify with the airline before you travel in regards to taking any miscellaneous items, in order to encounter any inconveniences. Special items such as cremated remains and car parts are subject to special rules. For more information, visit tsa.gov

ItemCarry OnChecked
Adult Toys

TSA has implemented some travel bans on some miscellaneous items that breach TSA approved luggage rules.
When flying to the US, it is highly recommended that you verify with the airline before you travel in regards to taking any miscellaneous items, in order to encounter any inconveniences. Special items such as cremated remains and car parts are subject to special rules. For more information, visit tsa.gov
YesYes
Artificial Skeleton BonesYesYes
Baby CarrierYesYes
Baby WipesYesYes
Balloons (not inflated)YesYes
Belts, Clothes and ShoesYesYes
Billy ClubsNoYes
BinocularsYesYes
Black JacksNoYes
Body Armor

Even though body armour is generally allowed in carry-on and checked, the TSA officers always have the last say as to whether or not it will be allowed on the plane.
YesYes
Brass KnucklesNoYes
Bread MachineYesYes
Camera MonopodYesYes
Car Parts

Car parts (including the engine) that either have traces of petrol or no petrol are permitted in checked and carry-on luggage. You will only be permitted to pack car engine parts if they are packaged in their original packaging and have no traces of petrol or oil.

If you would like to carry on any items make sure that you contact the airline first to be sure that your item will be able to fit in the on-board storage spaces.

If you have any enquiries such as “what can I bring onto a plane?”, visit the TSA website at tsa.gov
Yes*Yes*
Child Car Seat

If you would like to carry on any items make sure that you contact the airline first to be sure that your item will be able to fit in the on-board storage spaces.
YesYes
Cremated Remains

TSA knows how difficult it must be to lose loved ones, therefore we treat all cremated remains with the upmost respect. However, there are certain airlines that do not permit cremated remains in the checked luggage. Because of this, we highly recommend that you contact your airline prior.

In order to make the screening process as easy as possible, we highly recommend that you use a crematory container that is made up of a lighter material such as plastic or wood. If the storage container that you provide provides an opaque image once screened, it will not be allowed thorough. Even if the passenger requests, our TSA officers will not open the container out of respect.
Yes*Yes
Digital CamerasYesYes
DronesVerify directly with AirlineVerify directly with Airline
Drumsticks

Any musical equipment needs to go through screening whether it’s being taken on as carry-on or checked. If you are taking your instrument as carry-on, it must go through another physical examination. Please make sure that you let a TSA officer know if your instrument is fragile. Also, we highly recommend that you pack any brass instruments in your checked baggage.
YesYes
Dry Ice

* You are only permitted to have a maximum of five pounds of dry ice. The package needs to be properly packaged and vented and it also needs to be approved by the airline prior-boarding.
Verify directly with AirlineVerify directly with Airline
E-liquidsYesYes
Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices

It is prohibited to take these items in checked luggage. You may only take electronic cigarettes and vaping devices in your carry-on. You should also directly verify with the airline about additional restrictions.
YesNo
Electronic ToothbrushYesYes
Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRB)Verify directly with AirlineVerify directly with Airline
Film

* It is highly recommended that you take any undeveloped film on your carry-on luggage and ask for a manual inspection at the security checkpoint.
Yes*Yes
Flowers

* Fresh Flowers are only permitted if they are with no water.
Yes*Yes*
Foam Toy SwordNoYes
GlassYesYes
Glass Picture FrameYesYes
Glass Vase (empty)YesYes
Guitar

Any musical equipment needs to go through screening whether it’s being taken on as carry-on or checked. If you are taking your instrument as carry-on, it must go through another physical examination. Please make sure that you let a TSA officer know if your instrument is fragile. Also, we highly recommend that you pack any brass instruments in your checked baggage.
YesYes
HandcuffsYesYes
Harry Potter WandYesYes
HeadphonesYesYes
HoverboardsVerify directly with AirlineVerify directly with Airline
Ice

TSA security permits frozen liquids only if they are completely frozen when you go through the screening process.
YesYes
Jewelry

* We highly recommend that you do NOT put jewellery in your checked luggage due to security reasons. You have every right to ask a TSA officer to screen your jewellery or any of your valuables privately in order to ensure the security for your valuables.
YesYes*
Light Saber

Since technology does not yet allow real light sabers to be taken on planes, we do allow toy ones to be brought on planes.
YesYes
Live Fish

In order to be permitted, live fish must be transported in a plastic, see-through and leakage free container.
YesNo
Metal Detector

Due to the overhead bin restrictions, this item will only be permitted to be carried in your checked luggage.
NoVerify directly with Airline
Night SticksNoYes
Parachutes

* Parachutes are allowed to be transported in both checked and carry-on luggage with or without Automatic Activation Devices.

You should always pack your parachutes separately to your other luggage.

If you are needed by a TSA officer to present your parachute for further inspection, you must be present in order to assist. If for whatever reason, you are not in the security area to help with the inspection, you will be paged via the airport intercom. If you do not show up, your parachute will not be allowed on the plane. Because of these extra requirements, we highly recommended that you add 30 minutes on to the recommended airport arrival time. Our TSA officers are not responsible for the repacking of your parachute and we highlight suggest that you check your parachute at your final destination to make sure that the equipment is still safe to use.
Yes*Yes*
Planting seedsYesYes
PlantsYesYes
Putty BallsYesYes
SegwaysVerify directly with AirlineVerify directly with Airline
Shoe HornYesYes
Shoe TreeYesYes
Small Pets

A TSA officer will require that you take your pet out of its case in order to put it through the x-ray machine. Make sure that your animal is secured with a leash and make sure that you take off the lease when the animal goes through the metal detector.
Verify directly with AirlineVerify directly with Airline
Snow Globes

* If your snow globes appear to have less than 3.4 ounces (approx. the size of a tennis ball) of liquid, it will be allowed. Also, it needs to be able to fit in a quart-sized, resealable plastic bag. Bigger snow globes must be transported in checked luggage.
Yes*Yes
Soap (Bar)YesYes
Soap (Liquid)

* Liquid soap is only permitted if it is under 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Squirt Guns/Water Guns

Anything that resembles a real gun or weapon in the X-ray machine must be packed in your checked in luggage. Replicas or antiques of explosives such as grenades are not allowed.
NoYes
Steel Toe BootsYesYes
Stuffed AnimalsYesYes
Stun Guns/Shocking DevicesNoYes
Sunscreen Sprays

* Sunscreen spray is allowed if it is under 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Tattoo Inks

* Tattoo inks are only permitted if they are less than 100ml
Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)Yes
TobaccoYesYes
Toothpaste

* TSA permitted toothpaste has to be less than 100ml.
Yes*Yes
Violins

Any musical equipment needs to go through screening whether it’s being taken on as carry-on or checked. If you are taking your instrument as carry-on, it must go through another physical examination. Please make sure that you let a TSA officer know if your instrument is fragile. Also, we highly recommend that you pack any brass instruments in your checked baggage.
YesYes

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