What NOT to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag: What is Not Allowed on a Plane (2023)
Are you confused about what is not allowed to carry on a plane? I get questions about what you can and can’t bring on a plane all the time, and I get it, it can be really confusing. So I’ve put together the most comprehensive list of what’s not allowed, and a few surprising things that are allowed.
This article will help you pack a better carry on bag so you don’t end up getting things confiscated at security.
What is not allowed on a plane in carry on bags
I’m a big advocate of traveling with only carry-on luggage. It means you have less stuff to lug around, you avoid having to pay baggage fees, and the airline can’t lose your luggage if it’s not checked.
But you should know what not to pack in your carry-on bag. If you were thinking of bringing any of these, you’ll either need to leave it at home, find an alternative, or deal with checking luggage.
Note: This post is written referencing TSA rules for travel from airports in the USA. Some countries may have different rules, so if you’re flying from an airport in another country, please look up the rules for the authority in that country.
What is not allowed on a plane in carry on baggage: the short version
There’s no way to compile a list of every single thing that is not allowed in your carry on bag. Restrictions vary from country to country, and unfortunately some things are in a gray area and up to the whims of the security agents.
If have tons of info about what you can and cannot bring on a plane in carry on bags, including info about liquids rules, things you are allowed to have that you might not realize, and much more, after this quick list.
Here’s a short list of things that are not allowed on the plane in cabin bags:
- Liquids over 3.4 ounces (100ml) or liquids that do not fit in your one permitted liquids bag
- Sharp objects
- Flammable liquids or other flammable items
- Self defense items
- Safety razors or straight razors
- Toys that look like weapons
- Sporting equipment that could be used as a weapon, such as bats
- Tools over 7 inches long or tools that could be used as a weapon, such as saws or hammers
Keep reading for more details and answers to all your questions about carry on luggage rules.
How much liquid can you take on a plane?
The liquids restriction is pretty universal nowadays, though enforcement may vary. In case you need a refresher, this is the TSA liquids rule:
If you want to bring liquids on a plane in your carry on, all of your liquids must be in containers that are no bigger than 3.4 ounces or 100ml. Plus all containers must fit in a clear, one quart sized zip top plastic bag, and each passenger is only allowed to have one liquids bag.
You are not allowed to use a bigger bag for your liquids. Containers that are bigger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) are not allowed even if they aren’t full.
Read more about How Much Liquid Can You Bring on a Plane?
TSA is currently allowing containers of hand sanitizer that are up to 12 ounces. One bottle is allowed per passenger and will most likely be screened separately.
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Buy travel sized containers and fill them with shampoo, shower gel, and any other products you want to bring on your trip.
Buy things like toothpaste in travel sizes. Try these really small ones if your trip is short, or these bigger ones that come in just under the limit if your trip is a little longer.
Or try these solid toothpaste tabs so you don’t have to worry about the liquids issue.
There are special rules for medications, but these vary by country. Check with the country you will be flying out of for their rules, but in most cases you will need to let the screening agents know that you have liquid medication in addition to one quart bag you are allowed.
Take note of these items passengers often forget about which are considered liquids: peanut butter, mascara, snow globes, aerosols.
>>Check it out: Can you bring makeup on a plane and can you bring a hair straightener on a plane, as well as a hair dryer and curling iron
What toiletries can you take on a plane?
You can take toiletries or other liquids that are in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml), and they must all fit in a one quart (one liter) clear zip top bag.
This includes liquids, gels, and aerosols. If you must pack more toiletries than these allowances, you will have to pack them in checked luggage.
My favorite solid toiletries for travel
Solid toiletries are great for travel since they won’t count against your liquids limit. here are what I consider the best solid toiletries for travel. They’ll save you space in your quart sized liquids bag, and they work just as well – or sometimes better! – than their liquid counterparts.
- Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar: Wonderful solid shampoo that comes in lots of different variations for different hair types. I use this and the conditioner bar (next) at home as well as when I travel because I love them so much.
- Solid Conditioner Bar: I love this conditioner bar more than any liquid conditioner I’ve ever used.
- Hello toothpaste tabs: These are solid toothpaste tabs that come in an environmentally friendly tin and are made with natural peppermint.
- Neutrogena solid sunscreen: A great alternative to liquid sunscreen, and I’ve been using it for years.
- Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Balm Stick: This solid bug repellent is a life saver, so much better than the horrible smell of the spray variety.
- Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets: A friend bought me these non-liquid laundry detergent sheets years ago, and I’ve been traveling with them ever since.
You can also read my full post about solid toiletries for travel.
Can you bring shampoo on a plane?
Yes, shampoo is allowed on a plane in both carry on baggage and checked baggage. The difference for your carry on bag is that your shampoo must comply with the TSA carry on restrictions for liquids.
This means your bottle of shampoo must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller, and it must fit in your liquids bag.
A great way to avoid the problem of too many liquids is to replace your normal liquid shampoo with solid shampoo. I switched years ago, and now I love my solid shampoo and solid conditioner so much, I use them even when I’m not traveling.
What’s the deal with the TSA powder rule?
As if the liquids rule wasn’t enough of a hassle, now we have to wrap our heads around this new TSA powder rule. The first thing to know is that powdered substances are still allowed in both carry on baggage and checked baggage.
The TSA powder rule states: “Powder-like substances greater than 12 oz. / 350 mL must be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening. They may require additional screening and containers may need to be opened.”
If you have powders in quantities larger than 12 ounces (350 ml) you are encouraged to pack them in your checked luggage. TSA isn’t requiring you to pack them in you checked bag, only encouraging it. So that’s your call.
My experience with the TSA powder rule
I once flew with store bought salt and pepper shakers, clearly smaller than 12 ounces, and the security screener still pulled my bag aside. He took out the salt and pepper shakers, and tested the salt and pepper for whatever it is they look for with those tests.
It was all fine, and I was allowed to take my salt and pepper with me. But it’s worth knowing they could inspect your powders more closely even if they’re smaller than 12 ounces.
Also, I’ve seen quite a few airline websites that state that powders larger than 12 ounces (350 ml) are NOT permitted in carry on bags. This contradicts what is stated on the TSA website.
I tend to go by TSA rules since they are the security authority and they are the ones inspecting my bags, and there really isn’t a point at which the airline would even know if I had large amounts of powder. But this is a judgement call you’ll have to make.
Can you bring sharp objects on a plane?
This one should be self-explanatory, but sharp objects are prohibited in carry-on luggage because they could be used as a weapon. If you simply must bring a knife, box cutter, or sword on your trip, it must be packed in your checked luggage.
Scissors in cabin bags
Scissors that are less than 4 inches long, like nail scissors, are generally allowed by TSA. But since the final decision rests with the agent, just be aware that they could confiscate it.
Rules in other countries can be different from those in the US, so check it out before you fly from somewhere else. I’ve had my nail scissors confiscated in other countries, so it does happen.
For example, many countries state that scissors are only permitted if they are shorter than 6 centimeters from the pivot point. That’s only 2.36 inches, which is shorter than what TSA allows in the US.
What about knives in hand luggage?
Knives are not allowed in cabin bags, although TSA does say that plastic or round-bladed butter knives are permitted in carry-on baggage. But metal knives, pocket knives, and Swiss army knives are not allowed.
If you want to bring one of these, pack it safely in your checked baggage. It should have a sheath on it so that it can’t accidentally cut through your bag and injure a baggage handler or baggage screener.
Can you bring glass on a plane?
I get a lot of questions about bringing glass on a plane in carry on luggage, and I can see the concern. Glass can be rather sharp and potentially dangerous when it’s broken.
However, according to the TSA website, you can take glass on a plane in hand luggage.
They specifically mention that glass picture frames and glass vases are permitted in both carry on and checked baggage. So as long as the glass item fits in your bag, and your bag fits within the size and weight restrictions for your airline, you’re good to go.
Always wrap glass and other fragile items to prevent them from breaking during the journey. Whenever possible, pack glass items in your carry on bag since checked baggage can get banged around quite a lot.
Can you take knitting needles on a plane?
For those of you who like to knit, especially as a way to pass the time, the answer is yes, you can bring knitting needles on a plane in your carry on bag. TSA also allows crochet hooks in your hand baggage.
I’ve read that plastic or wooden knitting needles are preferred over metal ones, and circular knitting needles are preferred over straight ones, however the TSA website doesn’t mention this.
As always, the TSA agent on duty has the final say, and other countries may have different rules.
Can you bring a razor on a plane?
Taking razors on an airplane can be a little confusing. Straight razors and blades for safety razors are not allowed in your carry-on luggage.
However, you can take a razor through security if it’s a disposable razor. That means the actual blade is attached to a handle, like the kind most of us use to shave. Electric razors are also allowed in your carry-on.
Read more about taking a razor on a plane.
Baseball bats, ski poles, pool cues, bows and arrows, hockey sticks, golf clubs, and pretty much any other sporting equipment containing the words stick, pole, bat or club cannot be brought on the plane as carry-on. That’s because they could be used as a weapon.
If playing sports will be part of your travels, consider renting equipment at your destination.
For those of you who are quite attached to using your own sports equipment, you’ll probably need to check it.
Roller skates and roller blades are allowed in carry on baggage. Oddly enough, the TSA website states that it’s ok to bring ice skates in your carry-on. I’m not sure I want to test this one though.
Guns on planes
Obviously a gun is a weapon, and they don’t want you bringing it on an airplane in your carry-on bag. Most guns are permitted in checked luggage as long as they are empty, and they must be in a locked, hard-sided container.
Check with your airline about other restrictions and/or fees they might have. Some items, such as flares and gun powder, are not even permitted in checked luggage.
Before you travel, research the gun laws in the state or country you’re going to. Different states throughout the US have different laws, and many other countries heavily restrict or prohibit personal gun use and ownership.
Anything else that is considered to be a weapon is not allowed on a plane in carry on luggage.
Can you take self-defense items on a plane?
Self-defense items, like pepper spray or mace, are not allowed in carry-on luggage. These could be considered a weapon by TSA, so leave them at home.
If you really want to bring it along for your trip, the TSA website says you are allowed to have one 4 ounce container of mace or pepper spray in your checked luggage “provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge.”
But always check with your airline since they might have stricter regulations on this.
Are tools allowed on a plane in carry on bags?
Most, but not all, tools are prohibited in carry-on luggage. If you’re planning on bringing your tools with you, you will most likely need to put them in checked luggage.
You might not think of a hammer or drill bits as weapons, but TSA’s opinion differs.
Tools that are 7 inches or less in length are permitted, but not sharp tools. I think you’ll find that most tools are unfortunately longer than 7 inches, sharp, or something that could be considered useful as a weapon.
It’s best to pack tools in checked baggage or simply leave them at home.
What about bringing flammable items on a plane?
I think we can all agree that starting a fire on the airplane is not a good idea.
Please leave all flammable chemicals and items at home. If you feel you must have fireworks, bleach, chlorine, or paint thinner on your vacation, buy them when you arrive.
These and other flammable and explosive items are prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage.
Camping gear used for fires and cooking, such as a camping stove, is considered flammable as well.
TSA does say camp stoves “are allowed in carry-on or checked bags only if they are empty of all fuel and cleaned so that no fuel vapors or residue remain.”
Remember that their standards for “cleaned” might be stricter than yours, so if they detect even the tiniest amount, your camp stove could be confiscated.
Check with TSA and the airline for rules and restrictions. If possible, get the equipment you need once you arrive to avoid the hassle. TSA does allow one book of safety matches in your carry-on, but matches are not allowed in your checked luggage.
Are lighters or matches allowed on airplanes?
You can bring a lighter on a plane in your carry-on, though usually only one is allowed. Lighters can only be checked if they have no fuel in them, but they have to be seriously 100% empty.
Read more about taking matches and lighters on a plane including certain types of lighters that are not permitted.
Can you bring e-cigarettes or vaping devices on a plane?
Yes, you can take e-cigarettes or a vape on a plane. In fact, TSA requires you to pack your e-cigarette/vaping device in carry-on, not checked luggage.
The liquid you need for it must also fit within the liquid allowances. Read more about bringing a vape on a plane.
And of course remember that you are not allowed to smoke cigarettes or use a vaping device at all while on an airplane.
Bringing meat, fruit, vegetables, and other agricultural products in carry on bags
When traveling internationally, most countries prohibit you from bringing in meats, fruit, vegetables, plants, and other agricultural products.
If you want to bring an apple as a snack, just make sure you eat it on the plane. Otherwise it will be confiscated on arrival, and you could find yourself facing an angry border agent.
Certain countries, like Australia and New Zealand, are even more strict and won’t allow things like wooden souvenirs you may have picked up somewhere else.
What can you carry on a plane but maybe shouldn’t?
These are some items that are allowed on an airplane in carry on luggage, but out of respect for other passengers, you probably shouldn’t pack these in your carry-on. Or simply refrain from using some of these items while in flight.
I know airline food is notoriously bad, or often not even offered, so it makes sense to bring your own occasionally. But please be respectful of your neighbors and leave the fish and other stinky food at home.
But in general, can you bring food on a plane? Yes, normally it is allowed, but some airlines might be more strict than others.
Also remember that any food that can be considered a liquid is not allowed if it is more than 3.4 ounces (100ml). So leave your peanut butter at home, it counts as a liquid.
Can you bring nail polish on a plane?
Ok, bring the nail polish (in your liquids bag) if you want, it is allowed in your carry on bag.
But please don’t paint your nails in flight. This falls under the disrespectful smell category. Plus can you just imagine what happens if you hit unexpected turbulence while painting your nails? Yikes!
>>Learn more about traveling with makeup in your carry on.
Perfume on a plane
We’re all glad you care about how you smell, but perfume can be unpleasant and bothersome to many people. Some are even allergic.
So even though perfume and cologne are allowed in carry-on baggage, as long as they comply with the liquids rules, please wait until you reach your destination to spray on the perfume. That way your seatmates can breathe easy during the flight.
Guidebooks can be really helpful, but chances are you don’t need to bring that heavy book with you on the trip. Either rip out the pages you think you’ll need, photocopy them, or take pictures with your phone of the pages you need.
Better yet, buy digital copies for your Kindle or other e-reader.
FAQs about carry on luggage rules
Some topics about what is not allowed on a plane in carry on luggage are quite detailed. Here are some frequently asked questions about which items are allowed on a plane, including links to full articles I’ve written with more details to help you avoid problems at the airport.
How much liquid can you bring on a plane?
In general, you can take one clear quart sized (liter sized) zip top bag as your liquids bag. Each container in that bag must be 3.4 ounces or smaller.
What counts as liquid on a plane? What other rules are there about flying with liquids? Learn more here: How Much Liquid Can You Bring on a Plane?
Can you bring food on a plane?
Understandably, many people want to bring snacks or even a full meal on the plane with them. Learn which kinds of foods are allowed and which ones aren’t. Read more here: Can you bring food on a plane?
Can you take alcohol on a plane?
There are rules about flying with alcohol in both carry on and checked baggage, so make sure you know what’s allowed. No one wants an expensive bottle of wine confiscated!
Plus you’ll find tips for packing these bottles to minimize the risk of breakage. Learn more here: Can you bring alcohol on a plane?
Can you take makeup on a plane?
Some makeup is liquid, some isn’t. Then there’s that weird new powder rule to figure out.
Read my tips for taking make up on a plane here: Can you bring makeup on a plane?
Can you bring disinfectant wipes on a plane?
Understandably there is some confusion about whether wipes count as liquids and whether or not you can take them on a plane in your carry on. Disinfectant wipes, makeup wipes, any kind of wipes you’re thinking of, it’s all in here.
Plus I’ve included some important tips to help you rid your airplane seat from germs. Learn all about it here: Can you take disinfectant wipes on a plane? Plus how to disinfect your airplane seat!
Can you take hand sanitizer on a plane?
The world is a dirty place, and you might not always have access to soap and water to wash your hands. Learn the rules about flying with hand sanitizer and how much is allowed: Can you bring hand sanitizer on a plane?
Can you take aerosols on a plane?
Aerosols are considered liquid, but there’s a little more to it than that, especially if you’re putting them in checked luggage. Learn the rules for bringing aerosols on a plane in this post: Can you take aerosols on a plane?
Can you bring hairspray on a plane in carry on bags?
What about bringing hairspray on a plane in checked bags? Is hairspray considered a liquid?
Find answers here about flying with hairspray: Can you bring hairspray on a plane?
Can you bring deodorant on a plane?
Is deodorant a liquid? Can you pack it in your carry on bag? Get all the answers to your questions about flying with deodorant: Can you take deodorant on a plane?
Can you bring sports equipment on a plane?
If you like to do sports when you travel, you might want to bring your own equipment. But some items are not allowed in carry on luggage, so read up on the rules and tips before your flight: Can You Pack Sports Equipment in Your Carry-On?
Can you take batteries on a plane?
With so many different types of batteries, it’s no wonder there are lots of different rules about bringing them on a plane. Learn which ones are allowed and the differences between packing batteries in hand luggage and checked baggage: Can you take batteries and power banks on a plane?
Can you take a mobility scooter or wheelchair on a plane?
If you have a physical disability and require a mobility device, you might have some questions about traveling with your device. Check out these expert tips for flying with a mobility scooter or wheelchair: Can You Bring a Mobility Scooter on a Plane? Plus Flying With a Wheelchair
Can you bring a lighter on a plane?
Lighters and matches can start fires, so obviously there are restrictions about bringing them on a plane. Surprisingly it’s not a flat out no, make sure you know the rules ahead of time: Can you bring matches or a lighter on a plane?
Can you take your vape on a plane?
Vaping has gotten more popular in recent years, so if you use one, it’s important to pack it properly to avoid getting it confiscated: Can you take a vape on a plane?
Should you pack a hair dryer?
I understand the temptation, but should you even bring your hair dryer on your trip? Read this post before your trip to decide if you really need to pack that hair dryer: Should You Pack a Hair Dryer?
Can you bring a hair straightener/hair dryer/curling iron on a plane?
If you’ve decided to bring your hair dryer, hair straightener, or curling iron on your trip, you need to know the rules about packing them and tips for how to pack them. And if you use a cordless hair appliance, you’ll definitely want to read this: Can you take hair straighteners in hand luggage? Plus hair dryers and curling irons.
Can you take a razor on a plane?
Razors can be tricky since they’re sharp, but certain types are allowed in carry on luggage. Read the rules here to avoid packing the wrong kind: Can you bring a razor on a plane?
Can you bring toothpaste on a plane?
Toothpaste stumps a lot of people when packing for a trip. Is toothpaste a liquid? Can you pack it in your carry on? Get the answers to your toothpaste travel questions in this post: Can you bring toothpaste on a plane?
How many ounces can you take on a plane?
To answer the question, how many oz can you fly with, you have to understand that each container of liquid, cream, gel, or aerosol must be 3.4 oz (100ml) or smaller, and each container must fit into a clear 1 quart (1 liter) zip top bag for the airport.
You’re only allowed one liquids bag per passenger, so whatever you can fit in that bag is as much as you can take on the plane in hand luggage.
Can I bring lotion on a plane?
Yes, you sure can. Lotion is allowed on a plane in either carry on or checked luggage, but if you’re packing it in your carry on bag, make sure it complies with the TSA rules for liquids.
How many carry on bags are allowed?
The number of carry on bags allowed for each passenger is controlled by each airline individually. Most allow one carry on item that goes in the overhead bin and one personal item that must fit underneath the seat in front of you.
However, not all airlines are the same. Some strictly permit only one bag. Others, especially some low cost airlines, allow one personal item and make you pay to add a carry on item.
Check out our comprehensive carry on luggage size chart for size and weight restrictions by airline, including how many items each airline allows.
This list of what not to pack in your carry-on bag is not all inclusive. Regulations change often, so please check the TSA (or other countries) and the airline websites before you fly.
Despite the long list above, it’s still pretty easy to travel carry-on only. Be realistic about what you need to take on your vacation, buy restricted items you need once you arrive, and enjoy your trip!
Read more about packing:
- Carry-On Luggage Size Chart
- What to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag
- How to Pick the Best Carry-On Luggage
- What to Pack for a Day Trip
- Packing Light With Liquids
- Or check out all of our luggage and packing tips posts here
September 25, 2019 @ 8:22 pm
Can an empty glass vase 3″×10″ be carried on in carry on luggage?
September 26, 2019 @ 10:06 am
Yes, glass is fine. Just make sure you wrap it in something to reduce the chance of it breaking.
September 25, 2019 @ 10:36 am
I need to bring a pair of florist scissors with me and it’s around 6 inches, will it be okay since I’m checking in my luggage or must I declare it? Also with medications, must it be with the prescribed packaging even I have the luggage checked in?
September 25, 2019 @ 11:02 am
Scissors of that length can be packed in checked luggage, and you don’t have to declare it. But make sure the scissors are sheathed in some way so that they can’t accidentally go through your luggage and injure a baggage handler. As for the medication, I highly recommend you pack it in your carry on bag, that way if your checked bag gets lost, you won’t lose your important medication. TSA recommends that you keep it in its original packaging, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you’re only flying domestically. For the most part, security doesn’t care about medication unless it’s liquid.
September 23, 2019 @ 12:20 am
Can i bring a small milk frother on board?
September 24, 2019 @ 11:22 am
As long as there aren’t any sharp pieces, I don’t see why that would be a problem.
September 22, 2019 @ 4:19 am
I have a Souvenir 50 cal. Brass shell made into a bottle opener…would this items be permitted in my carry-on luggage…?
September 24, 2019 @ 11:08 am
Hi Thomas! I can’t say for sure on this one, but I would be hesitant to bring it in either carry on or checked luggage. My worry is that if there is any ammunition/explosive residue left on it at all, security will confiscate it. It might be ok in checked luggage, but even then, there are procedures you must follow for ammunition. And I understand it’s not in a form that can be used as ammunition anymore, but if there’s even a chance it still has traces remaining on it, it could get confiscated. If this is something you bought while traveling and you’re trying to get it home, maybe consider mailing it.
September 21, 2019 @ 1:23 am
Can I bring a shaw cable box in my carry on
September 24, 2019 @ 10:58 am
Hi Cheryl, your cable box should be fine.
September 20, 2019 @ 10:05 pm
what if i have 5 tablets that are gifts hopefully thats ok
September 24, 2019 @ 10:57 am
If you’re just flying domestically, I wouldn’t worry about it. If you’re flying to another country, they might question you at customs, so I’d recommend looking up the customs rules for the country you’re going to. And either way, you’ll probably need to take them all out for security screening, just like you would take out your laptop and liquids bag.
September 16, 2019 @ 10:19 pm
Can you bring shower heads, I’m traveling to Mexico and my cousin needs one, they are very expensive over there.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:03 am
Hi Marisol! I can’t find anything specific on the TSA website, but I can’t think of any reason why they wouldn’t allow showerheads. There aren’t any sharp pieces, so I can’t imagine there’s any security risk, and there’s currently no water in it. I wouldn’t worry about bringing them, but if you are worried and want a more definite answer (instead of my opinion) I’d recommend asking TSA directly through their Twitter or Facebook profile.
September 16, 2019 @ 1:49 am
What about walking canes
September 16, 2019 @ 2:25 pm
Hi Duane! Yes, you’re allowed to bring a cane.
September 15, 2019 @ 2:12 pm
What about bar soap
September 16, 2019 @ 1:47 pm
Hi Joann! Yes, bar soap is totally fine in your carry on. Also, check out these other great solid toiletries to help reduce your liquids.
September 17, 2019 @ 7:41 am
What about 20 bars of homemade soap in my carryon?
September 18, 2019 @ 10:07 am
Hi Lori! Yes, bar soap is allowed in carry on or checked baggage.
September 15, 2019 @ 7:38 am
Can I bring a doll and Legos on a plane
September 16, 2019 @ 1:46 pm
Hi Lily! Yes, that’s fine in either carry on or checked luggage.
September 15, 2019 @ 12:11 am
Hey I’m travelling to the uk via Amsterdam from the USA. I have bought hair toners that do not contain peroxide, they are a liquid but are only 59mls per bottle, will they be ok to take on in my carry on luggage?
September 16, 2019 @ 1:36 pm
Hi Lisa! I think that will be fine since they are in small enough bottles. Just make sure they fit in your liquids bag.
September 14, 2019 @ 9:26 am
I use a walker with wheels what do I do with that when I board.
September 16, 2019 @ 1:34 pm
Hi Donna! Does your walker fold up at all, like do the sides fold in? If so, I think it can be stored in the overhead compartment. This might be something to ask the airline about, but certainly they’ve dealt with it before, so they have a solution.
September 12, 2019 @ 9:12 pm
I’m travelling from Ottawa to Edmonton.
Can I bring 6 lbs. of cheese and 6 lbs. of cheese curd in my carry on ?
September 13, 2019 @ 11:07 am
Hi Gail, that’s a lot of cheese! I think the 6 lbs of cheese should be fine since that’s solid, unless it’s a very soft cheese. As for the cheese curd, I’m not positive if it would be considered a liquid. The Canadian security site lists cheese spread as a liquid/gel, so I think it just depends on how soft the curds are and if they are stored in liquid. TSA in the US is usually helpful through their Facebook and Twitter accounts, I wonder if the Canadian one would be as well? I don’t think I can give you a definitive answer on this one, so you might want to check with them about the cheese curds.
September 12, 2019 @ 2:07 pm
Can I put my pills in a daily pill box rather than the container they came in?
September 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Hi Albert! Yes, that should be fine in most situations. However, if you’re traveling to another country, it might be best to keep your medicine in its original package in case customs has any questions. Depending on what exactly the medicine is, you might want to bring a letter from your doctor explaining what it is and why you take it. Certain countries have strict rules about certain medications, and some are even illegal in other countries, though this is normally strong painkiller type medicine and other controlled substances. But if you’re just flying domestically, I wouldn’t worry about it and using your daily pill box should be fine.
September 12, 2019 @ 8:56 am
Can item of gold jewelleries be taken in flight
September 13, 2019 @ 10:53 am
Yes, but you should always pack jewelry in your carry on bag to prevent theft.
September 11, 2019 @ 10:11 pm
Thank you for the clear concise information and the patience for responding to so many silly questions, having to sound like a broken record about size of liquid bottles and the crazy things people inquire about carrying on!
September 13, 2019 @ 10:52 am
Thank you, Meredith, I’m glad to help! And I really appreciate your comment!
September 11, 2019 @ 7:40 am
Am I allowed to bring a JBL bluetooth speaker in my carry on bag for a Delta flight?
September 11, 2019 @ 11:11 am
Hi Hunter! Bluetooth speakers are fine to pack in your carry on bag.
September 10, 2019 @ 2:25 pm
Can I pack a portable K-cell battery power bank to recharge my cell phone in my carry on? What is the rule on electronics?
September 11, 2019 @ 11:03 am
Hi Gina! I’m not familiar with K-cell batteries, but if you go to this page on the TSA website and type in “batteries” you’ll see a list of different types of batteries and their policy on each of them. So if you can figure out where K-cell batteries fit, that will determine if you can take it in carry-on or not. If it’s just a power bank, like what you plug your cell phone into when you’re on the go, those are fine in carry on luggage. Electronics are fine in carry on bags, and I’d recommend NOT putting them in checked luggage because they could break. I hope this helps!
September 10, 2019 @ 12:05 pm
Can I take my iPad on the plane?
September 11, 2019 @ 10:54 am
Hi Rosanna! Yes, iPads are allowed in your carry on luggage. You should take it out at security for screening, just like you would with a laptop or your liquids bag.
September 10, 2019 @ 8:48 am
Please could you tell me if I would be able to take a small electric tyre pump in hand luggage
September 11, 2019 @ 10:53 am
Hi Alan! TSA says bicycle pumps are allowed in carry on bags, so your tire pump should be ok, although your spelling of the word “tire” as “tyre” makes me wonder if you’re from somewhere outside the US, in which case you should check with the security agency for the country you’re flying out of. No guarantees, but I can’t imagine there would be a problem with it.
September 9, 2019 @ 7:35 pm
May I take my personal alarm with me in my carry on bag?
September 11, 2019 @ 10:47 am
Hi Jenny! I don’t know exactly what that is, but it sounds like an electronic device, which is fine to bring in your carry on bag.
September 8, 2019 @ 11:26 pm
Great article and very helpful! I know CPAP machines are permitted but I’m trying find some details; maybe you can help?
The original bag my machine came in is quite flimsy. I’m wanting to get a more protective bag, but it’s not an “official CPAP travel bag” because they’re quite expensive. It’ll be just big enough for the equipment and will not have any non-medical items inside. Is this permitted?
Also, I’d like to bring my SoClean CPAP cleaner as well, but I can’t find any information if these cleaners are permitted. They used to make a portable version that I think was TSA approved, but they have been discontinued. Honestly though, I’d rather pack what I already own than spend $200+ for a portable version (a bag holding both the CPAP and cleaner would be well within the carry on limits). Any insight on this would be most appreciated! Thank you!!
September 9, 2019 @ 11:26 am
Hi April! I don’t think TSA cares about the case/bag you have your CPAP in, especially since their website says you might need to remove it from the bag for screening. You can read more from TSA here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/nebulizers-cpaps-bipaps-and-apaps. I don’t have personal experience with a CPAP machine, so I’m not familiar with the cleaner you’re asking about, but I assume it’s liquid? If it’s liquid, it must comply with TSA liquid rules. If your bottle of cleaner is bigger than 3.4 ounces, is it possible to split it up into a few smaller bottles? If not, you might need to pack it in checked luggage, or see if you can easily buy it at your destination. You could also contact TSA through Facebook or Twitter and ask them about it.
September 6, 2019 @ 2:19 am
Can I have a flat hair iron in carry on bag?
September 6, 2019 @ 10:46 am
Hi Suzy, please read here for more about traveling with a flat iron.
September 6, 2019 @ 12:07 am
Hello…am I allowed to bring protein powder in ziplock baggies in my carry on? I’m bringing a few different kinds so I have them separated into 100 gram portions. Also what about baking ingredients such as coconut flour? Thanks!
September 6, 2019 @ 10:46 am
Hi Jennah! Yes, protein powder and coconut powder are allowed, but TSA has a somewhat new rule about powders that you should be aware of. Basically it says that powders over 12 ounces must be taken out to be screened separately. Your 100 gram portions are below that limit, but they still might want to pull your bags out for screening. I went through with salt and pepper shakers, which are clearly smaller than 12 ounces, and they pulled us aside, took the shakers out, and did some kind of testing on them. They’re just trying to make sure you’re not actually carrying explosives, so it’s annoying and takes longer, but if they pull you aside to test your protein powder or coconut flour, it shouldn’t be a big deal, just time you’d rather not be standing there.
September 9, 2019 @ 6:25 pm
Do prescriptions have to be in their original prescription bottles, or can they be brought in the week-day containers, flying out of SFO to NY?
September 11, 2019 @ 10:46 am
Hi Patsy! TSA doesn’t care much about your prescription medication unless it’s liquid, so if you have pills you take and you want to put them in one of those day-by-day things, that should be fine, especially for domestic travel. If you were going to another country, I would recommend keeping the original packaging because other countries have different rules about certain types of medication.
September 5, 2019 @ 11:05 pm
Traveling with just a carry on can I take my rechargeable waterpik and electric toothbrush?
September 6, 2019 @ 10:42 am
Hi Deb! Yes, those are allowed, but make sure there’s no water left in the waterpik.
September 5, 2019 @ 4:27 pm
I have a small nebulizer for my asthma. Can I bring this on the plane with my carry bag?
September 6, 2019 @ 10:41 am
Hi Fran! Yes, nebulizers are allowed, but TSA requires that you take it out to be screened separately. Here’s the info on their site: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/nebulizers-cpaps-bipaps-and-apaps
September 5, 2019 @ 3:56 pm
I’m taking a walking aid trolley for a family member to Brazil but all very heavy and I’m thinking about dismantling it all and taking wheels inside of my carry on luggage.
Could you please tell me of this is allowed?
September 5, 2019 @ 3:53 pm
I’m taking walking aid trolley for a family member to Brasil but all very heavy so was thinking about dismantling and taking the wheels in carry on baggage. This is highly unusual idea and I can’t find any straight answer if it’s allowed or not .
Can you advise please?
Many thanks Jacob
September 5, 2019 @ 3:59 pm
You might want to check with the airline, since it sounds like you’re only talking about putting the wheels in your carry on bag and carrying the rest by hand? I see no security issues with taking it apart, and if you can fit the wheels in your suitcase, that should be fine too. If you could fit the whole thing in your suitcase, then the only issue is the weight since most airlines have weight restrictions for carry on luggage. In general, mobility aids are allowed in addition to the normal carry on restrictions, but since you’re not the person who actually needs it, I’m not sure how the airline would view it. Unfortunately I think calling the airline’s customer service number and asking them might be your best chance of getting a clear answer.
September 4, 2019 @ 4:39 pm
Can you bring Crayons and Markers through security?
September 5, 2019 @ 11:19 am
Yes, crayons and markers are fine to bring through security in your carry on bag.
Larry Dela Cruz
September 4, 2019 @ 6:29 am
Can I carry my dry sealer in my carry on baggage?
September 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Hi Larry! I’m not sure what dry sealer is, but if it’s in liquid form when you go through security, it must comply with the liquids rules, which state that all liquids must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller, and all containers must fit into one quart-sized zip top bag. Otherwise you have to pack it in checked luggage. Also, is it something you can buy when you arrive at your destination? That might make things easier.
September 4, 2019 @ 4:28 am
Hi, is clothing iron allowed for carry on?
September 4, 2019 @ 10:53 am
Yes, it’s allowed.
September 3, 2019 @ 12:18 pm
Hi, Is travel clothe iron allowed for hand carry?
September 4, 2019 @ 10:34 am
Hi Annie! Yes, you can bring your iron, just make sure you’ve emptied out all the water first.
September 2, 2019 @ 1:38 pm
Hi i am going to my sons wedding in Spain,my friend has made some ceramic flowers for wedding fancies,will i be allowed to carry these in my hand luggage?
September 3, 2019 @ 10:44 am
Hi David! Yes, ceramic is allowed in carry on bags, just make sure you wrap them in a towel or a shirt or something to prevent them from breaking while in transit.
September 2, 2019 @ 6:37 am
Can I bring 5-hour Energy bottles? They are less than 30ml. Do I pack them in checked luggage or carry on?
September 3, 2019 @ 10:43 am
Hi Barbara! They can be packed in either carry on or checked bags, but if you pack them in carry on luggage, they must go in your liquids bag since it’s a liquid.
September 1, 2019 @ 10:32 pm
I’ve bought 2 mini blendjets as gifts, still in box, no liquid. Would I be able to bring in my carry on bag.
September 3, 2019 @ 10:42 am
Hi Joan! TSA says blenders can only be taken in carry on bags if the blade has been removed: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/blender. So even if they are still in the boxes and sealed, TSA is likely to confiscate them. I’d recommend packing them in your checked baggage or mailing them ahead to your destination.
August 30, 2019 @ 1:33 pm
I have a 32″ fishing pole travel tube. Hard case about 4″ in diameter. Can I carry this on
August 30, 2019 @ 5:10 pm
Hi Janie! You should probably check with your airline on that one. TSA says fishing poles are allowed, but since yours is 32 inches long, that will exceed the carry on allowance of just about every airline. Not sure if your airline would make an exception given how small the other dimensions are, so your best option is to contact the airline’s customer service.
August 29, 2019 @ 10:58 pm
Hi can i bring an electric heater too?
August 30, 2019 @ 5:08 pm
Hi Anj! It probably depends on the size. If it fits in your carry on bag, that might be ok, but I’m hesitant to give you a definite answer on that one. You might want to check with TSA. Sounds like they’re pretty responsive through Facebook or Twitter.
August 28, 2019 @ 8:42 pm
Hi, I am flying Delta and going on a three month trip to Africa. I have all my supplements in my carry on and in the original packaging. is there any limit on dry supplement package size. The collagen is in 23 oz plastic tub sealed.
August 29, 2019 @ 12:02 pm
Hi Connie, sounds like an amazing trip! Supplements in pill form should be fine, no limit there. But when you say collagen, I think powder, is that what you’re talking about? TSA has some weird new rule about powders, which states: “Powder-like substances greater than 12 oz. / 350 mL must be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening. They may require additional screening and containers may need to be opened. For your convenience, we encourage you to place non-essential powders greater than 12 oz. in checked bags.” So you could still bring your 23 oz collagen, but it must be screened separately (like your liquids bag and laptop) and they might open the package. They stopped me and my husband once because we had salt and pepper shakers that obviously weren’t anywhere near as big as 12 oz, and they tested a small amount of each. Took some extra time but it wasn’t a big deal.
August 28, 2019 @ 4:58 pm
That’s a nice picture of cuticle and nail trimmers, but it’s not captioned. Are they legal or not in carry on?
August 29, 2019 @ 11:50 am
Hi Dan, it’s explained in section of the post near the picture. Nail clippers are allowed in carry on bags. TSA allows nail scissors if they are less than 4 inches long from the pivot point, but note that other countries might have different rules, like some have an even shorter length that’s allowed for scissors and some might not allow them at all. I’ve had nail scissors confiscated in another country, so I don’t travel with them at all now. I hope this helps.
August 28, 2019 @ 12:55 am
Can daily medications be contained in their pharmacy bottles?
August 28, 2019 @ 4:19 pm
Hi Gary! Yes, it’s actually preferred that you keep your medicine in its original container.
August 27, 2019 @ 5:46 pm
I live in Japan and am returning from my folks in Florida with a crystal vase and a porcelain vase. I would obviously like to take them carry on as they are fragile. Do you reckon it’s okay?
August 28, 2019 @ 4:18 pm
Hi Rob! Yes, glass, crystal, porcelain are all allowed in carry on bags. Just make sure you wrap them in clothing or something to prevent them from breaking in transit.
August 27, 2019 @ 9:17 am
Hello Ali, thanks for the article! I’m flying alone for the first time and was wondering if TSA will make a fuss about fairy lights with plastic bulps and a wooden twig (as a bookmark) in my carry-on.
August 27, 2019 @ 1:25 pm
Hi Ayusha! Those should all be fine to take in your carry on bag. None are liquids or safety risks. If you’re flying internationally, some countries might not allow you to bring in the twig (countries like Australia and New Zealand are really strict about what is allowed) so that would be my only concern. So if you are flying internationally, look up the customs and agricultural regulations for the country you’re flying to, or just leave it at home to be safe.
August 27, 2019 @ 1:52 pm
All clear now, thank you! I’m flying to Canada via San Francisco for university, so doing my best to take everything I possibly can to make living alone easier. I heard the security for US destinations is a bit strict, hence the silly question. Thanks again!
August 27, 2019 @ 1:57 pm
No worries, glad to help!
August 27, 2019 @ 2:55 am
I would like to know. I’m flying Southwest and I wanted to bring my carry on suitcase and a backpack. Can I do this because a backpack should fit under your seat?
August 27, 2019 @ 1:16 pm
Hi Shena! Southwest allows one carry on item and one personal item per passenger, and they have maximum dimensions for each. We have info about Southwest’s carry on luggage size restrictions here. So if your bags meet their size allowances, you can bring them.
August 26, 2019 @ 4:42 am
Hi Ali , is it allowed to bring a 15 ft light dog chain in carry on. See attached IMG_0260.HEIC
August 26, 2019 @ 10:41 am
Hi Lacier! I can’t find anything specific about a long dog chain on the TSA website, so I can’t give you a definite answer, but my guess would be that it is allowed. You might want to try contacting TSA directly to verify though, either try the contact form on their website or try them through Facebook or Twitter.
August 26, 2019 @ 4:19 am
Can I bring gifts that I got like crystal, some China pieces, a couple souvenir glasses, pictures and frames, hummel bells, in carry on? W I hope TSA will allow these gifts. Thanks.
August 26, 2019 @ 10:38 am
Hi Lauri! Those all sound fine to pack in your carry-on bag, but make sure you cushion the breakable items well so they don’t break while in transit. And even if they’re gifts, DO NOT gift wrap them until after passing through security or arriving at your destination. TSA has been known to unwrap gifts to inspect them.
August 25, 2019 @ 10:42 pm
Can you put a heating pad on your carry on?
August 26, 2019 @ 10:28 am
Hi Ellen! If it’s an electric one, yes you can bring it in carry-on, although you’ll have to check with the airline if you’re actually allowed to use it while in flight. If it’s a gel heating pad, TSA says no, not allowed in carry-on, and that would be because gel is considered a liquid and it would be over the limit.
August 23, 2019 @ 7:15 pm
I bought skin care products in the US and traveling bavk to EU. I dont want to put them in my check in luggage because security can open up the packages, its happend to me before and it was food things like chocolate for the kids. I dont want that to happen to my expensive skin care products that i just bought and havent opened yet. So i want to take them as carry on in the zip bags. But my question is, can i leave them in the original box they come in. Its new and i dont want to take them out, only if i have to. You can read the amount etc on the boxes and i also have the receipts.
August 24, 2019 @ 12:14 pm
Hi Day! I’m assuming your skin care products are liquids, right? So if that’s the case, you can only bring them in your carry on bag if each bottle is 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller AND all containers must fit in your liquids bag AND you’re only allowed ONE liquids bag, which is one quart (one liter). If your products are all small enough and they all fit in your one liquids bag while still in the packages, that’s fine. I can’t guarantee security won’t still want you to take them out of the boxes though. If they don’t fit in your liquids bag while still in their boxes, you’ll have to take them out of the packages to pack them in your liquids bag. And if the containers are bigger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) security will confiscate them, so you really should pack them in your checked luggage.
August 24, 2019 @ 10:49 pm
Thanks for your reply. The products are very potent so their is only 1oz in each bottle of serum, which i have 3 of and 1 1.7oz crème. So i think ill be good. And btw they are packed in the plastic bags and everything fits perfectly. I Don’t mind taking them out of the package, actualy i do, but if i have to i will. At least i will be doing it myself without have to worry that they will open up the bottle if it would be in my check in luggage.
Thanks for your reply!
August 25, 2019 @ 11:33 am
Sounds good then!
August 22, 2019 @ 10:13 am
Can you bring lamp shade on the plane in your carry on luggage with you.
August 24, 2019 @ 11:28 am
Hi Alicia! There’s no security issue with bringing a lampshade, so the only issue would be the size. If you can fit it in your carry on bag, and your carry on bag fits within the airline’s carry on luggage size restrictions, you can bring it.
August 22, 2019 @ 1:59 am
Can u bring eyebrow tweezer in carryon
August 24, 2019 @ 11:27 am
Yes, tweezers are fine to bring in carry on baggage.
August 21, 2019 @ 4:31 pm
It was announced recently that no plastic water bottles will be allowed at SFO. Does that mean we will be required to buy bottled water on the airplane?
SFO suggested metal or glass bottles be used. The TSA maximum bottle is 3.4 ounces, too small for a trans pacific trip.
August 21, 2019 @ 5:49 pm
Interesting, I’ll have to go find the announcement. TSA does allow EMPTY water bottles through security, so you can bring a reusable bottle (like the metal or glass ones suggested) and fill it up at a sink or water fountain once you pass through security. That way you won’t have to buy water at the airport.