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Monday, January 23, 2006

List of Permitted and Prohibited Items on Airline Flights

Warning, don't try carrying your expensive Balabushka pool cue on to an airplane. No Nunchakus or lighters either, or else you might get arrested.

If you bring a prohibited item to the checkpoint, you may be criminally and/or civilly prosecuted or, at the least, asked to rid yourself of the item. A screener and/or Law Enforcement Officer will make this determination, depending on what the item is and the circumstances. This is because bringing a prohibited item to a security checkpoint—even accidentally—is illegal.

A partial list of permitted and prohibited items on airline flights:

Can I take it? Carry-on Checked
Personal Items
Cigar Cutters Yes Yes
Corkscrews Yes Yes
Cuticle Cutters Yes Yes
Eyeglass Repair Tools (including screwdrivers) Yes Yes
Eyelash Curlers Yes Yes
Knitting and Crochet Needles Yes Yes
Knives, round-bladed butter or plastic Yes Yes
Nail Clippers Yes Yes
Nail Files Yes Yes

Personal care or toiletries with aerosols, Yes Yes
in limited quantities
(such as hairsprays, deodorants)

Safety Razors (including disposable razors) Yes Yes
Scissors-plastic or metal with blunt tips Yes Yes
Scissors-metal with pointed tips No Yes
Toy Transformer Robots Yes Yes
Toy Weapons (if not realistic replicas) Yes Yes
Tweezers Yes Yes
Umbrellas Yes Yes
(allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been
inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed)

Walking Canes Yes Yes
(allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been
inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed)

Can I take it? Carry-on Checked
Sporting Goods
Baseball Bats No Yes
Bows and Arrows No Yes
Cricket Bats No Yes
Golf Clubs No Yes
Hockey Sticks No Yes
Lacrosse Sticks No Yes
Pool Cues No Yes
Ski Poles No Yes
Spear Guns No Yes

Martial Arts/Self Defense Items
Billy Clubs No Yes
Black Jacks No Yes
Brass Knuckles No Yes
Kubatons No Yes
Mace/Pepper Spray No Yes
One 118 ml or 4 Fl. oz. container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in
checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to
prevent accidental discharge. For more information on these and other
hazardous materials, visit http://asi.faa.gov/Passenger.asp

Martial Arts Weapons No Yes
Night Sticks No Yes
Nunchakus No Yes
Stun Guns/Shocking Devices No Yes
Throwing Stars No Yes

Note Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely
wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.

Explosive Materials
Blasting Caps No No
Dynamite No No
Fireworks No No
Flares (in any form) No No
Hand Grenades No No
Plastic Explosives No No
Realistic Replicas of Explosives No No

Can I take it? Carry-on Checked
Flammable Items
Aerosol No No
(any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities)

Fuels No No
(including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel)

Gasoline No No
Gas Torches No No
Lighters * No No
Lighter Fluid No No
Strike-anywhere Matches No No
Turpentine and Paint Thinner No No
Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries No No

*Beginning April 14, 2005, all lighters will be prohibited as carry-on items.
Up to four (4) books of safety matches are permitted as carry-on only.
Lighters and Matches are always prohibited in checked baggage.

Note There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA.
This information is summarized at http://asi.faa.gov/Passenger.asp

Disabling Chemicals and Other Dangerous Items
Chlorine for Pools and Spas No No
Compressed Gas Cylinders No No
(including fire extinguishers)
Liquid Bleach No No
Spillable Batteries No No
(except those in wheelchairs)
Spray Paint No No
Tear Gas No No

Note There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA.
This information is summarized at http://asi.faa.gov/Passenger.asp

Do Not Pack These in luggage or carry on board [Transportation Safety Administration]
Permitted and Prohibited Items (.pdf) [TSA, April 1, 2005]
Hazardous Materials Carried By Passengers & Crewmembers [TSA]
Flying with guns (Commercial Airlines) [packing.org]

Terrorist Weapons Cache [TJN, Mar. 27, 2004]

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