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  1. Tom T
    August 19, 2021 @ 4:09 am

    Regarding lighters, just be advised in spite of clear rules, nothing guarantees TSA understands their own rules. I had a standard LIQUID FUEL Zippo lighter confiscated after a TSA agent, her supervisor, and their manager ALL said it was not permitted, but I could go back and put it in my bag and check the bag (clearly AGAINST the rules!). Fortunately, they only confiscated the insert, I got to keep the outer case. And Zippo, being the excellent company they are, sent me a replacement free of charge. I’ll be carrying matches or disposable Bics from here on out.

    • Ali Garland
      August 19, 2021 @ 10:37 am

      Yeah unfortunately TSA agents don’t always care about the actual rules, and there’s not much you can do about it in that moment. But it’s a bit crazy that they told you to put it in your checked bag!

  2. Jane McGill
    August 6, 2021 @ 1:20 pm

    Is hair gel considered a liquid?

    • Ali Garland
      August 10, 2021 @ 5:51 pm

      Hi Jane! Unfortunately hair gel is a liquid, it’s anything that is liquid, gel, cream, or paste. Either see if you can find a bottle that’s 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller, or see if you can scoop some out into a small travel sized container.

  3. Jim
    July 13, 2021 @ 5:57 am

    Am I allowed to take an aerosol inhaler for COPD in my carry on bag?

    • Ali Garland
      July 16, 2021 @ 12:13 pm

      Hi Jim! Yes, inhalers are allowed in your carry on bag. You should always keep your medical-related items with you, NOT in checked luggage. TSA has some info about traveling with medicine and medical devices that might be helpful:

  4. Julie
    December 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

    What about bringing my medications in my carry on bag?

    • Ali Garland
      December 5, 2019 @ 11:46 am

      Hi Julie! Yes, you can bring your medication in your carry on bag. In fact, I highly recommend that you only pack medicine in your carry on just in case your checked bag gets delayed or lost. If your medication is liquid, you are allowed to have more than 3.4 ounces (100ml) and it does not have to go in your liquids bag, but let the TSA agent know before you send your stuff through the xray. You can read more about TSA’s rules about medicine here:

  5. Armando T Matta
    November 7, 2019 @ 5:46 am

    Can I pack a pocket knife in my check in bags

    • Ali Garland
      November 7, 2019 @ 10:51 am

      Hi Armando! Yes, knives are allowed in checked luggage. Just make sure it’s properly sheathed so it doesn’t accidentally cut through your luggage and injure a baggage handler.

  6. Laura
    August 13, 2019 @ 4:39 am

    Thank you for this useful information! I have a Vape pen that I will now disconnect and pack in my personal bag with the battery. I will Now taking the extra lighter, and backup pen OUT of my checked luggage! This was helpful information! I thank you!

    • Ali Garland
      August 15, 2019 @ 11:31 am

      Glad to help!

  7. Wendy Corbin
    August 6, 2019 @ 2:43 pm

    Thank you you the information was very helpful and I understand now all the guidelines.

    • Ali Garland
      August 6, 2019 @ 2:49 pm

      Glad to help!

  8. Gile
    May 25, 2019 @ 9:49 pm

    What you said about arc lighters is not true. They are allowed in checked bags. Even TSA will tell you that, if you ask them through their Facebook.

    • Ali Garland
      May 26, 2019 @ 7:49 am

      Interesting, than this is another case of TSA contradicting themselves. It says on their website here that arc lighters are not allowed in carry-on or checked luggage. If you decide to travel with it in your checked bag, just be aware that whoever is on duty that day could decide to open your bag and confiscate it, even if you’ve flown with it a dozen times.

    • Ratan Rateria
      February 21, 2020 @ 3:51 am

      To my utter surprise and dismay….Today…on 21.02.20, while travelling to Mumbai, Air India officials did not allow my disposable type of Lighters to be carried in both types of baggages and I had to throw them in garbage bin.

      Prior to this, nowhere in any flight (Domestic or International) in my whole life, I was restricted to carry it. It was always allowed to be carried in the checked in baggage. Strange rules are being imposed on Air Passengers now a days….Please post your comments..

      • Ali Garland
        February 23, 2020 @ 8:10 pm

        Remember that each country comes up with their own rules, and some are stricter than others. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is written from the perspective of the USA rules from TSA. I don’t know anything about India’s rules. And unfortunately even when flying from a US airport, TSA doesn’t always follow their own rules. And typically lighters aren’t allowed in checked luggage due to fire hazard. If a fire starts in the luggage hold of the airplane, no one can get to it while in flight. I suggest traveling with a cheap lighter, or buying one in your destination, and checking with the rules of the country you’re flying in.