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  1. Kay Minahan
    May 21, 2023 @ 9:23 pm

    I have been in pain for over a year and with experimenting have found that CBD and a few mg of THC let me sleep better at night. Will I be able to put this in my carry on going to Costa Rica? If I have a prescription with it does that help? I always take my drugs on my carry on so as to be sure they arrive with me but this different. They are gummies.

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    • Ali Garland
      May 25, 2023 @ 9:32 am

      Hi Kay! I don’t know the rules for CBD around the world, so you’d have to research Costa Rica’s rules to see if it’s legal there or not. If it’s not legal, it won’t matter if you have a prescription. This is a good place to start for the CBD info, but THC can get even trickier: https://foxnomad.com/2019/09/12/how-to-travel-with-cbd/. If it is legal to bring it into Costa Rica, then yes, definitely pack it in your carry on bag.

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  2. Judy young
    April 30, 2023 @ 3:51 pm

    I’m bringing a 10 inch toy car for my grandsons birthday that’s made of cast iron. Is it okay to carry on or should I pack with my checked luggage . I wasn’t sure if it would set an alarm off seeing it’s made of metal.

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    • Ali Garland
      May 5, 2023 @ 2:57 pm

      Hi Judy! As long as it’s not, in fact, a weapon or something that looks like a weapon replica, it should be fine. It’s going through an xray, not a metal detector, and even if they decide it looks weird on the xray and take it out for a closer look, they’ll see it’s a toy. Also, make sure you don’t gift wrap it until afterwards because security could potentially unwrap it to inspect it.

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  3. Bonjoebee Bello
    March 9, 2023 @ 4:54 am

    Hello. Are different cameras allowed in carry-on bag?

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    • Ali Garland
      March 10, 2023 @ 6:24 pm

      Do you mean bringing multiple cameras? Sure, that’s allowed. You just have to stay within the size and weight restrictions for carry on for your airline.

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  4. Fred A Cappaert
    December 6, 2022 @ 8:27 pm

    Correction, can I carry a 6 foot extension cord in my personal bag?

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    • Ali Garland
      December 9, 2022 @ 2:25 pm

      Hi Fred! Yes, an extension cord should be fine in either your carry on bag or your personal item, as long as it doesn’t cause you to go over your airline’s weight and size restrictions.

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  5. Fred Cappaert
    December 6, 2022 @ 8:25 pm

    Can I carry a 6 foot extension cord in my carry on bag?

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  6. mary verdel
    September 28, 2022 @ 12:52 pm

    i recently flew with in canada and had take my sons hockey skates in my carryon… there were no issues

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    • Ali Garland
      September 28, 2022 @ 9:19 pm

      Thanks Mary, good to know! The TSA website also says ice skates are allowed in carry on luggage, but it always seems odd to me. Happy to hear about your experience!

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  7. DB
    August 9, 2022 @ 9:36 pm

    Thanks so much for this useful information! I wear my long hair up and secure with a wooden U-shape hair pick. The ends are pointed. Will they allow this? Thank you.

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    • Ali Garland
      August 10, 2022 @ 4:03 pm

      Hi, yes that should be fine. As long as the pointed ends are skin-piercing sharp, you shouldn’t have a problem. And if they were that sharp, I imagine you’d injure yourself often enough to not want to use it!

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  8. richard
    July 19, 2022 @ 10:59 am

    Hi
    Can you take on broad in carry on.
    thin wire rope for locking up luggage
    750mm long

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    • Ali Garland
      July 20, 2022 @ 1:49 pm

      Hi Richard! I can’t find anything specifically, but I can’t think of any problem with a wire luggage lock. It’s not too different from a long electrical cord.

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  9. Linda
    July 16, 2022 @ 9:37 pm

    May I put plastic stars- the kind that you put on top of Ceramic Christmas trees- in my carry on bag or are the points considered sharp objects?

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    • Ali Garland
      July 20, 2022 @ 1:46 pm

      Hi Linda! No guarantees, but plastic should be fine. TSA even allows scissors below a certain length, so I wouldn’t think plastic stars should be a problem.

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  10. Mark
    February 16, 2022 @ 4:31 pm

    I’m a diabetic. Can I bring my insulin pens and needles in my carry on bag?

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    • Ali Garland
      February 18, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

      Hi Mark! Yes, you can bring your insulin and supplies in your carry on bag. You definitely don’t want to pack important things like that in your checked luggage. TSA has some rules about how you handle certain things and notifying them before they screen you and your bag. Go to this page and type insulin into the search box, and you’ll see several different entries relating to diabetes supplies, and then this page has info about procedures for traveling with medical devices and medically required liquids.

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  11. paul
    October 28, 2021 @ 11:56 pm

    are laptops allowed?

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    • Ali Garland
      November 1, 2021 @ 10:18 am

      Hi Paul! Yes, laptops are allowed, and it’s recommended that you pack your laptop in your carry on to avoid damage or theft if you were to pack it in checked baggage.

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  12. Theresa Jerome
    October 3, 2021 @ 12:57 am

    Can I bring a hair dyer & a curling brush in my carry on bag?

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  13. Jay Bou
    September 29, 2021 @ 12:35 am

    Hi, can you bring semi-permanent (no peroxide) hair dye in the carry on? I can’t seem to find any info.

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    • Ali Garland
      October 1, 2021 @ 2:32 pm

      Hi Jay! If any of the ingredients are flammable, you won’t be allowed to take it on the plane in either carry on or checked luggage. Another issue is the size. Many hair dyes are over the 3.4 ounce/100ml limit for carry on liquids. Is there a way you could just buy the stuff you need when you arrive at your destination? That might be the safest way to go if you don’t want it confiscated.

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  14. Karina Nunez
    September 21, 2021 @ 9:50 pm

    Hello, May I bring house plant clippings in my carry on bag ? Thank you for this service. I have checked the Alaska airline website. However I want to make sure it’s ok. Karina

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    • Ali Garland
      September 24, 2021 @ 2:11 pm

      Hi Karina! If you’re flying within the US, that shouldn’t be a problem. Plants are usually tricky when dealing with customs officials for international flights, but not domestic. The exception would be for certain places like Hawaii or Puerto Rico that have stricter rules about bringing in plants.

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  15. Ralph
    September 6, 2021 @ 9:25 pm

    Hi
    Can I bring a Leatherman multi tool on board?

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    • Ali Garland
      September 10, 2021 @ 1:34 pm

      Hi Ralph! Leatherman makes so many different types, it’s hard to say. But if your tool has anything sharp, like scissors or a knife or a cork screw, it will most likely be confiscated from your carry on bag. If you’re checking luggage, that’s where you should pack it.

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  16. June Bailey
    September 2, 2021 @ 1:20 pm

    Can I take a sealed 23ml tube of weedkiller in my carry on bag,also in a plastic bag.? Cant seem to buy weedkiller in Spain and after lockdown my villa has some heavy duty weeds to get rid off!

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    • Ali Garland
      September 10, 2021 @ 1:33 pm

      Hi June! I can’t find anything about weed killer specifically on the TSA website. The size is fine since it’s under 100ml, but I worry about the ingredients, mostly because I don’t know much about weed killers. You might want to ask TSA (or the authority for whichever country your flight leaves from) if it’s allowed. The other thing to consider is Spain’s customs rules. There are some strict rules about some of the ingredients in gardening products, and things like Roundup are banned in a lot of Europe, so you should check about that too.

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  17. Hector, S
    July 23, 2021 @ 1:41 am

    Hey, I was wondering if I could bring my portable Analog TV with me on a flight?

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    • Ali Garland
      July 26, 2021 @ 11:04 am

      Hi Hector! As long as it fits within the carry on limits (for size and weight) of the airline you’re flying, that should be fine. TSA might want to screen it separately but TVs are allowed in carry on.

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      • Holley Tondre Barnhart
        May 19, 2022 @ 12:41 am

        If I have brand new in the box electronics(like an Iphone) that are a gift for my hostess when I arrive in my destination country can I just carry these items in my carry on? I don’t want to risk them in my luggage. Do i have to take them out like you do a computer? Turn them on…

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        • Ali Garland
          May 23, 2022 @ 3:59 pm

          Hi Holley! Yes, definitely pack that in your carry on, otherwise you risk the items getting damaged or stolen. Most airports in the US don’t make you take out ALL electronics, mainly laptops, tablets, sometimes Kindles. But I don’t think I’ve ever been asked to take my phone out.

          BUT!! It sounds like you’re taking these things to another country, and that could mean customs charges. Many countries require you to declare expensive items like electronics, and then they charge you customs fees on them, if they are new items, not just your normal iPhone. This would actually be a potential reason to NOT have them still in the boxes. It depends on where you’re going though since some countries are more strict than others. Many European countries are pretty lax about verifying if you have anything to declare. Probably worth doing some research on where you’re going and at least be aware of the rules.

          Bottom line: Definitely pack electronics, valuables, breakable things, anything with sentimental value, medicine, money, keys, etc. in your carry on bag.

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  18. ileanna
    June 26, 2021 @ 9:59 pm

    Hi, am i able to tale my mini uv nail lamp with me on the plane/in my carry on?

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    • Ali Garland
      June 29, 2021 @ 10:34 am

      Hi Ileanna, I can’t find anything about those one way or the other. Your best bet is probably to contact TSA directly. They’re FB and Twitter accounts are pretty responsive.

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    • Abel
      July 19, 2021 @ 7:15 am

      Odd question, but I’m traveling to another state for a job and will be required a drug test. So my question is can I pack a 3.4 oz container of urine in my bag

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      • Ali Garland
        July 19, 2021 @ 10:59 am

        Hi, I can’t find anything about TSA’s stance on that, but don’t most places require you to do the drug test there? I don’t think they let you show up with your sample since they’re trying to prevent people from bringing someone else’s sample and frauding the system.

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  19. Moe
    June 19, 2021 @ 3:08 pm

    Can you pack a steamer?

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    • Ali Garland
      June 20, 2021 @ 6:12 pm

      Yes, just make sure there isn’t any water in it when you pack it.

      I mean, I’m assuming you’re talking about a small hand held thing, not a big one? I feel like I’ve seen ones that are vacuum cleaner sized, and that’s not going to fit in your carry on.

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      • Sophia
        August 16, 2021 @ 10:11 pm

        Hey I’ve looked all over and I can’t find if you are allowed to bring pens and pencils in your carry on.

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        • Ali Garland
          August 17, 2021 @ 8:50 pm

          Hi Sophia, yes pens and pencils are allowed in your carry on bag.

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  20. Shannel
    June 17, 2021 @ 1:43 pm

    hey! I was wondering if I could bring my food scale on my carry on bag?

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    • Ali Garland
      June 18, 2021 @ 10:13 am

      Hi Shannel! I can’t find any reason why that would be a problem.

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  21. GILLY
    May 12, 2021 @ 1:59 am

    can you carry on a fire stick with your carry on luggage?

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    • Ali Garland
      May 12, 2021 @ 9:57 am

      Hi Gilly! I’m going to assume you mean the Amazon Fire Stick, not anything with actual fire 🙂 Yes, you can bring your Amazon fire stick in your carry on bag, it’s basically like any other electronic device.

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  22. kiki
    January 20, 2021 @ 10:14 pm

    can you bring a life-sized teddy bear as a carry-on?

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    • Ali Garland
      January 26, 2021 @ 3:40 pm

      Hi Kiki! Stuffed animals are allowed, but you’ll have to check with the airline if it’s excessively big. Each airline has size restrictions for carry on luggage (which you can check here) and that is to ensure that the bags will fit in the overhead compartment. If your teddy bear is the size of a human, it’s unlikely to fit up there, and it would definitely be too big to hold on your lap. So my recommendation is to contact your airline for clarification on how to bring it with you.

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  23. Jill
    December 23, 2020 @ 10:45 pm

    Thank you!?

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  24. April
    December 11, 2020 @ 4:38 am

    Hi there!

    Is there a weight limit in my carry on suitcase and backpack and is there any pre-measured 45 linear inch luggage line that you know of that can be purchased? This can make life much easier for me. Thank you !

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    • Ali Garland
      December 17, 2020 @ 4:14 pm

      Hi April! The weight limit for your carry on luggage depends on the airline. Some airlines have a weight limit, while others don’t. Some have a weight limit that includes your carry on item AND your personal item, some have a separate limit for the personal item, and some only weigh your carry on item. I recommend going to my carry on luggage chart here and clicking on your airline for more information. I also have a post here with recommended carry on luggage depending on the type your looking for, like soft sided vs hard sided, etc.

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  25. Donnie White
    November 6, 2020 @ 4:29 am

    I haven’t read anything about how to pack blood control measuring devices. They do have 4 AA batteries.

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    • Ali Garland
      November 11, 2020 @ 11:01 am

      Hi Donnie! Medical devices are generally allowed in your carry on bag, and AA batteries aren’t a problem either. I recommend looking at TSA’s “special procedures” section here and look through the drop-down menu to see if something more closely fits with your device. It usually defaults to “medications” which has an accessories section, but one of the other choices might be more related. Often medical devices have to be screened separately, like how you have to take our your laptop to be screened separately. Also, you can read more about traveling with batteries here.

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  26. Hayley Christians
    October 26, 2020 @ 11:16 am

    good day, i would like to send my daughter a care package to Holland, but i have no idea what i can put in the package can you help please, i would like to send potato crisps, maybe chocolates is that allowed?

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    • Ali Garland
      October 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am

      Hi Hayley, are you asking about flying with these things in carry on luggage or mailing them? Prepackaged snacks like that are generally allowed in carry on baggage, and you can read more about taking food on a plane here. I imagine they’d be fine in the mail too, but you’ll have to look up customs rules for the Netherlands.

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  27. Connie Martinez
    October 25, 2020 @ 4:44 pm

    Can I take my mini boss Bluetooth speaker on my carryon

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    • Ali Garland
      October 26, 2020 @ 10:47 am

      Hi Connie, yes that is allowed in your carry on bag.

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  28. anita
    September 18, 2020 @ 5:12 pm

    how about hand held steam inhaler

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    • Ali Garland
      September 22, 2020 @ 12:40 pm

      Hi Anita! I’m not really familiar with those, but a small device is usually fine to bring in your carry on bag. However, if this is something you have to put liquid into in order for it to work, make sure it’s completely empty before you back it and take it through security.

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  29. Roz
    August 28, 2020 @ 1:39 am

    Can I take a cd/ ipod stereo unit in my carry on? Taking it to ireland for parents as no longer use it?

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    • Ali Garland
      August 31, 2020 @ 11:41 am

      Yes, electronics are generally fine to bring in your carry on bag. Sometimes security wants you to take them out to be screened separately, like they do with your laptop and liquids. The only other thing is the size and weight, so as long as your carry on bag fits within the size and weight restrictions of your airline, you should be fine.

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  30. Kathy
    August 11, 2020 @ 10:25 pm

    Great blog! Unfortunately your idea of packing “solid” sunblock and perfume won’t fly (pardon the pun). Recently a German airport screener forced me to discard my solid deodorant and solid sunblock because he says they’re considered liquids even tho it clearly states on the packaging that they’re “solid.” Since my liquids bag was full, I had to discard them.
    Maybe in most places they’d be fine, but if the airport screener wants to be a stickler for the rules, you’ll lose your stuff.

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    • Ali Garland
      August 15, 2020 @ 8:57 am

      Kathy, I’m so sorry this happened to you! I think you got a screener who was having a bad day and wanted to be mean to someone, unfortunately. I travel a LOT (it is my job, after all) and I’ve been flying with solid shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, bug repellent, perfume, deodorant, etc. for 5+ years, and I live in Germany, so I’m always flying in and out of German airports, and I’ve never had anyone question my solid toiletries. I don’t know how you handle the situation when a security screener wants to be like this though…I would be furious since they are clearly not liquids.

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  31. Lisa
    August 1, 2020 @ 1:06 pm

    Odd question but can I wear my western spurs on a plane or pack them in my carry on? The ends are rounded spurs ? I train and ride horses and are essential to have? Flying to Texas

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    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2020 @ 6:26 pm

      Hi Lisa! That’s a tricky one! If they’re rounded, not sharp, my guess is that they would be allowed. But I’m having trouble finding anything definite, so I can’t make you any guarantees unfortunately. You might want to check with TSA directly on that one, and their Twitter or Facebook is usually pretty responsive. My gut says yes, they’re allowed, but I’d hate to be wrong and for you to have them confiscated.

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  32. Jan
    July 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

    hello can i travel with my collectibles like coins, stamps, gold and if so where is the best place to store

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    • Ali Garland
      July 28, 2020 @ 10:48 am

      Hi Jan! Yes you can travel with those, but pack them in your carry on bag. You should never put valuables in checked luggage because most airlines won’t take any responsibility for loss of the items. And if for some reason the airline needs to gate check your carry on bag, make sure you take those items out and keep them with you.

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  33. Eve
    July 5, 2020 @ 12:09 am

    Are you allowed to bring opened vitamins and other dietary supplements? And how are they stored if so?

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    • Ali Garland
      July 5, 2020 @ 11:30 am

      Hi Eve! Yes, those are allowed, and you can pack them however you want. TSA isn’t really concerned with pills you’re traveling with, as long as they aren’t illegal drugs.

      If you’re traveling to another country, you need to make sure the vitamins or supplements are legal there since some countries have stricter rules than others. If they aren’t legal in the country you’re going to, don’t bring them at all.

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  34. Haley Scruggs
    June 19, 2020 @ 4:10 pm

    Can you take tobacco like cigarettes and chewing tobacco

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  35. LAXMAN
    June 1, 2020 @ 12:39 am

    please help me
    can i bring CPU, ring light and ring light stands packing with cardboard boxes.

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    • Ali Garland
      June 4, 2020 @ 6:48 pm

      As long as they all fit in your carry on luggage and fit within the airline’s size and weight restrictions, you should be fine. Sometimes security wants to inspect electronics more closely, so be aware of that.

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  36. ANGELA
    May 13, 2020 @ 11:58 pm

    CAN I TAKE AN ADULT TOY ON THE PLANE IN MY CARRY ON?

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    • Ali Garland
      May 14, 2020 @ 3:29 pm

      Hi Angela! Yes, that’s allowed, but take the batteries out before you pack it. If it looks suspicious to security agents when they view it on the xray, they might ask you to take it out of your bag, so I hope you don’t embarrass easily!

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  37. Brooke
    May 11, 2020 @ 4:42 am

    Can you tell me how luggage works for the one under the plane/the one you pay for. This is my first time flying alone and I don’t remember how it works. Where does it go and how do I get it once I arrive at my destination? I’m taking one carry on and one with other things I can’t bring onto the plane. Thank you

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    • Ali Garland
      May 14, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

      Hi Brooke! When you get to the airport, look for your airline’s counters. If you’re checking in at the airport, they’ll take your checked luggage at the same time. If you’re checking in online, they’ll often have a separate line for people who only need to check bags. Not all airlines have a separate line, but you’ll see signs if yours does. Then when you arrive at your destination, follow the signs that say “baggage claim” and look for the carousel for your flight. Usually there’s a screen listing all arriving flights and the number of the carousel for that flight. Then just look for your bag. You should have received a luggage claim ticket that can be matched to the one attached to your bag, that way if you have a generic black bag like most people, you can look at your ticket and make sure you’re picking up your bag, not someone else’s. And that’s it!

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    • Robert Estrada
      June 2, 2020 @ 8:07 am

      What about Prescribe medication for pain can you take that on the plane in your carry-on bag

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      • Ali Garland
        June 4, 2020 @ 6:49 pm

        Hi Robert! Yes, DEFINITELY pack your prescription medication in your carry on luggage. It’s too risky to pack something that important in checked bags since your luggage can get lost.

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  38. Gary
    April 30, 2020 @ 1:56 am

    can I carry on a small bottle of hand sanitizer

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    • Ali Garland
      April 30, 2020 @ 1:18 pm

      Hi Gary! Yes, hand sanitizer is allowed in your carry on bag. Normally it would need to be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller and fit in your liquids bag, but currently TSA is allowing bottles of up to 12 ounces, one per passenger, which will need to be screened separately.

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  39. Lana Jackman
    March 19, 2020 @ 7:48 pm

    Can I bring a can of pasta sauce, canned chicken on the plane?

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    • Ali Garland
      March 20, 2020 @ 10:21 am

      Hi Lana! Unless that can of pasta sauce is 3.4 ounces or smaller, it will be confiscated at security. Sauce is a liquid, so it must comply with the liquids rules. As for the chicken, does that can have liquid in it? I imagine it does, which means it will also be above the limit unless it’s a very small can. You are allowed to pack these in your CHECKED luggage though. You can also read more about taking food on a plane here.

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