Per the Transportation Security Administration of the United States Department of Transportation, travelers are permitted to bring the following items onto aircraft:


The following items will not be allowed through the security checkpoint. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. In addition to items specifically listed here, other items that may be deemed to present a potential threat may also be prohibited.

Passengers should be aware that there are no provisions for returning banned items to them when they are left at the security checkpoint. In addition, those who attempt to bring banned items through the checkpoints are subject to civil penalties of up to $1,100 per violation in addition to criminal penalties.

The items most commonly left at the checkpoints include: scissors (of all types), pocket knives, corkscrews, and mace. Please be sure to leave these items at home or in your check-in luggage.

While the above items are strictly prohibited from being carried into the aircraft cabin, many may be transported in checked baggage with these important exceptions:

For more information, you may also call the Hazardous Materials Information Center at 1-800-467-4922. Violations of the hazardous materials regulations may result in fines of up to $27,500 per violation, as well as criminal fines and/or jail.


  1. "Travelers & Consumers: Items Permitted in Aircraft Cabins," http://www.tsa.dot.gov/trav_consumers/permitted_items.shtm
  2. "Travelers & Consumers: Items Prohibited in Aircraft Cabins," http://www.tsa.dot.gov/trav_consumers/aircraft_prohibit.shtm

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