First Timer’s Guide To Restricted Items On Flights

(Last Updated On: March 18, 2019)
WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT NOT TO?

When you are traveling through the air, packing of stuff does make a lot of difference. It would be advisable to the first – time travelers to use the mantra “Less Is More” while carrying different stuff. Not only it will make it easy for you to carry that stuff but it also helps you to pass through the security line. You will definitely save your time if you pack with this in mind regarding certain items.

Following are some of the items which are fully-restricted or fully-allowed or partially allowed on the planes.

A)  FULLY RESTRICTED ITEMS ON PLANES:

Let’s discuss the items which are fully restricted items on the planes and one should never take the risk of carrying it there.

  • ALCOHOL OVER 140 PROOF:

Carry On Bags: No

    Checked Bags: No

Any passenger is not allowed to carrying any kind of alcoholic beverage over 140 proof i.e. it should not have alcoholic content more than 70%. For rum, the limit is 151 proof.

  •  FIRE EXTINGUISHERS:

    Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: No

  •  FIREWORKS:

Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: No

  •   CHLORINE FOR POOLS AND SPA:

Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: No

  • GUN-POWDER:

Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: No

This includes the black powder and percussion caps also.

B)  PARTIALLY ALLOWED ITEMS ON PLANES:

These types of items are divided into 3 categories i.e.

  1. Items which can be carried either in your carry-on or in your checked-in baggage.
  2. Items which need some special instruction.
  3. Items which have some limit attached to it.

More than fully restricted items, there are items which are partially allowed for the passengers to carry. Let’s discuss them in detail:

  1. Items which can be carried either in your carry-on or in your checked-in baggage.

Following items are either can be carried in your checked bag or in the carry-on but not in both.

  • BEAR SPRAY:

    Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: Yes

You are allowed to carry one 118 milliliters or 4 fluid ounce container of mace or pepper spray in your checked bag (with a maximum concentration of 2% active ingredient).

  • BOWS & ARROWS:

    Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: Yes

  • KNIVES:

    Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: Yes

You are not allowed to carry any type of sharp objects like knives in your checked bags either it securely wrapped to prevent injury. Yes, you carry the plastic or round bladed butter knives.

  • BOX CUTTERS & CIGAR CUTTERS:

Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: Yes

  • AXES AND HATCHETS:

    Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: Yes

2) Items which need some special instruction.

Certainly, there are some items which are allowed to carry but need some special instructions. Following is the list of items which lies in this category:

  • CANNED FOOD:

Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Checked Bags: Yes

Passengers are allowed to carry some items that are not in the list of prohibited items but because of how they appear on the X-ray or the security concerns, these may need additional screening that might result in not being allowed through the checkpoint.

  • AMMUNITION:

Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

While carrying ammunition, you need to get special instructions from the specific airline in which you are traveling. These need to be securely packed in metal or wooden box boxes.

  • FIREARMS:

    Carry On Bags: No

Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

While carrying any type of firearm, you need to get special instructions from the specific airline in which you are traveling. These should be carried in checked bags and must be unloaded and packed in a locked hard-sided container.

  • INHALERS:

Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Checked Bags: Yes

You are allowed to carry medically necessary liquids or gels in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

  • BLENDER:

Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Checked Bags: Yes

You can carry blenders in carry-on bags only if the blade has been removed. Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury.

3)   Items which have some limit attached to it.

These items are usually attached to a limit which the passengers have to follow and if he/she doesn’t follow that, then there are charges attached to these. Following is the list of items which lies in this category:

  • EYE DROPS:

    Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

Checked Bags: Yes

  • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:

    Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

Checked Bags: Yes

Alcoholic beverages between 24% to 70% alcoholic content are limited in checked bags up to 5 liters per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Whereas, alcoholic beverages with 24% or less than 24% alcoholic content have no limitations in checked bags.

  • BOTTLED WATER:

    Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

Checked Bags: Yes

  • ANY KIND OF LIQUID:

    Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

Checked Bags: Yes

If you are carrying any liquid stuff in your carry-on luggage, then do know the limit link to it i.e. 100ml or 3.4 ounces or less. Along with that, your all bottles must fit into a one quart/one-liter zip-top bag.

C   FULLY ALLOWED ITEMS ON PLANES:
  • BABY FOOD:

    Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

You are allowed to carry baby food in reasonable quantities in your carry-on bags.

  • CEREAL:

    Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

  • CIGARETTE/CIGAR:

    Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

  • DRY BATTERIES: (AA, AAA, C, and D)

Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

  • CONTACT LENSES:

    Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

You are allowed to carry larger amounts of medically necessary liquids or gels in reasonable quantities for your trip.

  • BABY CARRIER:

Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

  • CRUTCHES:

    Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

  • BASKETBALLS/BASEBALLS/FOOTBALLS:

    Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

  • DISPOSABLE RAZOR:

    Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

While carrying any type of sharp object like a razor in the checked bag, it should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury.

Generally, different airlines have their own set of rules and you can carry stuff by searching the details of restricted items.

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