List Of Restricted Items on Major Airlines

People suffer a lot when they spend extra few hours with the TSA officers. However, this usually happens when passengers commit the mistake of carrying some extra weight or any such item which the airlines do not permit. On the other hand, airlines have their own rules regarding carry-on allowances and it is beneficial for travelers if they check out all the necessary and restricted items on planes.

In general, there are some common items which are banned or prohibited on every airline and this includes items such as explosives, compressed gases, oxidizers, corrosives, flammable liquids and solids, loaded firearms, radioactive materials, and poisons are considered hazardous. Moreover, items like stun guns, ready-to-eat-meals, etc. also have limits but these are different in every airline.

Let’s discussed about the restricted items on Major Airlines:


If you are traveling in one of the flights of United Airlines, then you need to know that following restriction on United Airlines carry-on weight or checked in stuff.


The personal devices which are installed with a lithium battery of fewer than 100-watt-hours are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage but you are not permitted to take loose lithium batteries with you in any of the United flight. And in case, you are carrying any spare battery, then in order to prevent short circuits, you can place each of these in its original retail packaging or insulate the batteries by taping over exposed terminals.

Camping Equipment:

You are not allowed to take any camping equipment that contains fuel like camping stoves with you in checked or carry-on baggage in a flight.

Gasoline-powered tools and equipment

As a matter of fact, Gasoline-powered tools and equipment, such as chainsaws and gas-powered weed cutters, are not allowed in baggage unless they are brand-new. In this case the fuel source is removed or the fuel has been purged. If the fuel has been purged, the equipment must be accompanied by a letter from the company that purged the fuel.

Explosives and Fireworks:

You are not permitted to carry fireworks, gunpowder, flare guns and fireworks novelties like holiday poppers or Christmas crackers with you in carry-on or checked baggage.

Household Items:

Many household items like fuel or insecticides are flammable or corrosive. Therefore, if you are thinking of carrying items like bleach, drain cleaners, gel fuel, glue, insecticides, paint, torch lighters, spray starch, and other aerosol items, then you are not allowed to do so on a United flight. However, aerosol cans up to 16 ounces are allowed in checked baggage or up to 3 ounces in carry-on baggage.


Alcoholic beverages in retail packaging can be carried.

For alcoholic beverages less than 24% alcohol by volume

There are no restrictions on the amounted accept in checked bags or purchased after completing security screening at the airport, also known as “duty free.” This includes most wines and beers.

For alcoholic beverages between 24 and 70% alcohol by volume

Alcohol up to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) in checked bags for each customer is accepted. The same amount in carry-on bags for duty-free items is accepted. But the packaging must be in containers smaller than 5 liters.

For alcoholic beverages over 70% alcohol by volume

Alcoholic beverages consisting of more than 70% alcohol by volume are not acceptable.

International travel

If you’re traveling internationally, there may be limits on the alcoholic beverages you can bring into the country you’re visiting. Transporting alcoholic beverages may be subject to country regulations as well.

If you’re flying to the U.S. and have a connecting flight, the TSA won’t allow duty-free liquids that meet U.S. requirements through security checkpoints. If you have a connecting flight, you must place liquid duty-free items into your checked bags. Since the TSA requires you to reclaim your checked bags before going through customs, you can place duty-free liquids into your bags and re-check them for your connection.

Other information

Make sure to pack all alcoholic beverages so they don’t break. Airline is not liable for alcoholic beverages that break or spill.

Normal limits and fees for checked bags and carry-on bags apply.

You can take up to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) of an alcoholic beverage through the security checkpoint, provided it is less than 70 percent alcohol by volume, in a container that is 3.4 ounces or smaller and you carry it in a plastic zip-top bag.

Note: You can’t drink the alcohol you bring on our aircraft.

Lighters, Matches, and e-cigarettes:

As per the rules of Transportation Security Administration (TSA), passengers are not allowed to carry torch lighters in carry-on baggage. In the case of electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers, these are also not accepted in checked or gate-checked baggage. In case you are departing from Beijing (China), all types of matches and lighters are banned from checked and carry-on bags on flights.

Ready-to-eat Meals:

You are not allowed to carry ready-to-eat meals on the Delta flights in carry-on or checked baggage due to the heat they generate. This comes under the category of united airlines carry-on food.

Stun Guns:

Stun Guns are totally prohibited from carry-on baggage but you are permitted to take these in the checked baggage only if the power source is removed.


Tasers are totally banned in carry-on or checked baggage on United flights.

Defense sprays

Mace and pepper sprays are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.

Avalanche packs:

If you are carrying an avalanche packs that have a lithium battery under 100WH are allowed as checked or carry-on bags. But you must remove the battery. Once you remove the battery, you can bring it on board. Your pack will need to be inspected and approved by a united representative before it’s accepted.

Avalanche packs that contain 1.4s and CO2 are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.

Life jackets

United airline allows one carbon dioxide (CO2) powered inflatable life jacket as checked or carry-on baggage. CO2 cartridges must be packed in checked baggage.

Life jacket restrictions:

First of all, up to two small non-flammable gas cylinders fitted into the life jacket and up to two small spare cartridges will be accepted.

Flares and/or flare guns attached to the life jacket are strictly prohibited and must be removed or the life jacket will not be accepted.

If you have questions or concerns about a specific item, please contact United Cargo.

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Here we are discussing the list of “What is allowed in your carry-on luggage” in brief so that numerous passengers, especially the first time travelers can find it easy to get sufficient details of limits on different items.


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United Airlines Carry-On Liquids:

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In case, you are traveling in a Delta Airline, then do know the restrictive items and Delta baggage policy.

Delta carries on Liquids:

If you are carrying liquor with you, then it’s alcohol content should not be more than 140 proof. Know the limits on liquids and what is allowed on Delta airline carryon luggage and checked in too.

  • Only up to 5 liters of alcohol per person between 48 and 140 proof is allowed to carry.
  • Alcohol which is under 48 proof is not considered hazardous and you are allowed to carry it in the flight with any restriction.
  • The alcohol which you are carrying must be in its original unopened retail packaging, only then it is permitted onboard.
  • If you purchase the alcohol before going through the security checkpoint, then it comes under the security rules for carry-on or Delta checked baggage.
  • In case, you buy the alcohol or liquor after going through the security checkpoint, then it is allowed on board as checked or carry-on baggage but it follows the required guidelines.

As per the rules of Delta Airlines baggage policy, the weapons and ammunition must be packed in a small box or case which must be locked properly and placed in checked baggage. Ammunition and weapons are to be stored in different cases.


Generally, the different auto and vehicle parts are allowed in carry-on or checked baggage but only if there is no fuel present.  You can place the car engine parts in the checked luggage only if the parts are packed in their original box and free of any type of hazardous chemicals like gasoline.

Avalanche Rescue Pack:

These types of devices contain a cylinder of compressed nonflammable gas and some models even contain a small explosive charge also. Though these are allowed in checked baggage by IATA but specifically when you are traveling to the US, this kind of stuff is totally banned in case the cylinder is not empty.


Well! If you are carrying battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices like e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, etc. for personal use, then it must be carried on one’s person or in carry-on baggage only. Along with that, recharging of these devices or their batteries on board is totally prohibited.

Fireworks or Explosives:

Stuff like firecrackers, signal flares, Christmas crackers or sparklers are not allowed on a Delta flight as carry-on or checked baggage.

Flammable Liquids:

If you are carrying flammable liquids with you, then there are certain guidelines attached to it. Therefore, carrying a fuel lighter on a flight, you can only carry it in your pocket or in carry-on baggage only and up to two lighters are only allowed in your checked baggage as per the U.S. Department of Transportation. Albeit, lighters without fuel are allowed as checked or carry-on baggage but refills, paints, lubricants are not allowed. Torch or blue flame lighters are totally prohibited.

Household Items:

Household Items like aerosols, bleach, cleaning solvents, drain cleaners and pesticides are totally banned on Delta flights.

Lithium Batteries:

You can easily travel with electronics and medical devices which contain lithium cells or batteries such as watches, calculators, cameras, cell phones, laptops, etc. as carry-on. Spare lithium batteries are also allowed as a carry-on only and must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.

Meals Ready to Eat:

Talking about Delta carry on food, passengers are not allowed to carry ready-to-eat-meals as checked or carry-on baggage.

Personal Care Items:

Personal care items like cologne and hairspray are allowed in checked baggage but it should lie between 16 to 70 ounces in total.

Refrigerators and Air Conditioners:

As there is the existence of refrigerants on items like refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, etc. so federal regulations do not allow these as checked or carry-on luggage.


You are allowed to carry small arms ammunition up to a limit of 11 lbs or 5 kg per person according to Delta Airlines Baggage limit. The weapon must be packed properly in a box and should be for personal use. Stuff like gunpowder like black powder, mace, pepper spray or tear gas is never allowed

Other Possible Hazardous Items:

There are certain items which are not considered as dangerous goods and are allowed when packaged properly. These include items like Knitting/scissors, Knives/swords, Hairdryer a straightener, hairspray, sunscreen, fishing hooks, fragile glass items, batteries, etc.

Dry & Wet Ice

Dry-ice packages in amounts of 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) or less is allowed when used to cool non-hazardous perishables in carry-on or checked baggage. The package must:

Meet carry-on baggage restrictions

Allow the release of carbon dioxide

State on the package, “Dry Ice” or “Carbon Dioxide Solid”

Specify the net weight of the dry-ice material on the packaging

Include the contents being cooled, in writing, on the packaging

If possible, instead of dry ice, airline encourages the use of gel packs or similar products to keep frozen perishable items fresh.

In case you want to get more information, you can download the Guidelines to Transport Dry Ice.

Wet-ice shipments are not allowed as carry-on baggage, checked baggage or cargo on Delta or Delta Connection® flights.

Fuel Cell Systems

Guidelines for fuel cell systems are as follows:

If you are carrying any portable electronic devices (i.e. cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers and camcorders) powered by fuel cell systems and not more than two spare fuel cell cartridges per passenger are allowed when transported in carry-on baggage.

No more than two spare fuel cell cartridges maybe carried by a passenger.

Fuel cell systems containing fuel and fuel cell cartridges, including spare cartridges are permitted in carry-on baggage only.

Fuel cell cartridges may not be refillable by the user. Refueling the fuel cell systems is not permitted, except that the installation of a spare cartridge is allowed.

Each fuel cell cartridge and system must be durably marked by the manufacturer with the wording: “APPROVED FOR CARRIAGE IN AIRCRAFT CABIN ONLY”.

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Things become super simple if you know all the necessary details regarding the items to be carried in a specific airline. Passengers do want to know about – what can I carry on a plane Delta! So, here is the list:

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Musical Instruments:


Sports Equipment:

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Fragile Items As Cabin Seat Baggage:

Passengers need to follow the following set of rules in case they wish to carry the fragile items as cabin-seat baggage:

  • The item should not exceed the limit of 100 lbs. or 45 kg.
  • The item you are carrying should not come in the category of items which are restricted to access to or use of.
  • Item must not be considered as dangerous good.
  • Items must be packaged or covered safely to avoid potential injury to passengers.
  • Item must be secured in a seat in the same cabin as the owner and preferably next to the owner respectively.


Alcoholic Beverages:

You are allowed to carry beer and wine products or other alcoholic beverages as checked baggage on American airlines but if you want to take it as carry-on baggage, there are certain TSA guidelines for carrying the alcoholic beverages. Opened containers are totally restricted anyway in case these are re-closed. There is a limit of 5 liters per passenger for carrying beverages with 24-70 percent by volume.

In Details:

Alcoholic beverages over 70 percent by volume Expand

Over 140 proof are not allowed.

Alcoholic beverages under 70 percent by volume Expand

Beer is allowed in checked in bags. But open containers are not allowed.

Wine or Other alcoholic beverages in retail packaging

You can take a maximum of 5 liters per passenger for beverages 24 – 70 percent alcohol by volume in checked bags; customs regulations vary by country.

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There are a number of rules regarding Lithium Batteries, Spare lithium, lithium-ion batteries of any kind and these are fully restricted in checked baggage. On the other hand, the spare lithium batteries for devices like laptops or cell phones should be properly packed in carry-on baggage and the terminals must be covered. Try to place this kind of stuff in a separate plastic bag and damaged batteries are not acceptable for transport.

Cutting Instruments:

Items like metal knives, box cutters, ice picks, straight razors, etc. are allowed in checked baggage but you are not allowed to take these in hand baggage as per the American Airlines carryon baggage. But you can carry a plastic cutlery and safety razors in carry-on baggage.


You can travel with plastic cutlery and safety/disposable razors in your carry-on bag.

Explosives and Fireworks:

You can carry the explosives like fireworks, flares or flare guns, firearms, handguns, shotguns in the checked baggage but these are not allowed in carry-on luggage.


Only small arms ammunition for sporting purposes is allowed as American Airlines checked baggage and the amount related to these should not exceed 11 lbs or 5 kg. As a result, this kind of stuff is allowed in checked in baggage but it must be in the manufacturer’s original packaging or organized in a sturdy box. But you are however  not allowed to carry these in carry-on baggage. Loaded clips are not acceptable at the same time.


Every passenger is allowed to carry one lighter in carry-on luggage while traveling in the American Airline. It must be remembered that a lighter is not allowed in checked-in luggage.

Scissors and Tools:

Metal scissors with a cutting edge of four inches or less and tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers smaller than seven inches are only allowed onboard. Likewise, scissors longer than four inches and tools like drills and hammers are totally prohibited from carry-on bags.

Defense Sprays:

Defense sprays like Mace, Tear-gas, and Pepper spray are not allowed.


Drones can be carried but with some restrictions. However, your drone’s battery must not exceed 160 Wh. Drone can hence be carried on if it or its box is less than 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters.

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Talking about the AA checked baggage; it too follows some rules and regulations for the passengers. If you are a frequent traveler of the airline then you must be aware of what is allowed in a carry-on bag!

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Sports equipment play a very major role in the American airline’s restricted items list and carrying of these required special instructions.

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JetBlue Airlines involves a long list of items that are prohibited in checked bags. In particular, the following items are included in the list of hazardous materials or dangerous goods and are not allowed to carry in checked bags by the passengers in a flight. This includes items like balance gliders, lithium-ion batteries, camping stoves, hazardous chemicals, chlorine for pools and spas, compressed gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, electronic cigarettes, explosives and fireworks, flares, gasoline, liquid fuels, liquid bleach, magnetized materials, matches and lighters of every kind, oxygen tanks, pesticides and poisons, radioactive materials, etc. These are concluded as JetBlue carry on restricted items. Want to know about ‘how many bags can you carry on JetBlue’ or the restricted item list of the airline.

On the other hand, there is no limit attached to a number of assistive devices which you can carry onboard. These devices will not be considered as part of the carry-on or checked baggage limit but are subjected to carry-on size and weight restrictions. Additionally, assistive devices which do not access any limit include crutches, cane, child carriers, walker, wheelchair and its batteries, strollers.

Liquid Limit:

Items must be packed properly in a clear transparent resalable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag.

Size of the containers exceed travel size (3.4 oz / 100 ml)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Devices

You will be surprised to know that in accordance with guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices will not be permitted in carry-on or checked bags. Similarly, it also may not be carried onboard on any JetBlue flight.

Sharp Objects Prohibited in Carry-on Bags
  • Any device with a folding or retractable blade
  • Box cutters
  • Ice axes/ice picks
  • Knives (any length, composition, or description)
  • Meat cleavers
  • Metal scissors with pointed tips
  • Sabers
  • Spare blades
  • Straight razors
  • Swords
Guns and Firearms Prohibited in Carry-on Bags
  • Ammunition
  • BB guns
  • Compressed air guns
  • Firearms
  • Flare guns
  • Gun lighters
  • Gun powder
  • Parts of guns and firearms
  • Pellet guns
  • Realistic replicas of firearms
  • Starter pistols
Tools Prohibited in Carry-on Bags
  • Axes and hatchets
  • Cattle prods
  • Crowbars
  • Drills (including cordless portable power drills)
  • Hammers
  • Motorized tools (such as chainsaws and generators, even if they are brand new)
  • Saws (including cordless portable power saws)
  • Screwdrivers (except those in eyeglass repair kits)
  • Tools (greater than seven inches in length, including but not limited to wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers)
  • Wrenches and pliers

Items allowed on plane:

  • Baby food or juice in containers if a baby or small child is traveling
  • Medications (liquid, gel, and aerosol)
  • Liquids or gels for diabetic or other medical needs
  • Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability

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Hazardous Materials:

The following items are examples of hazardous materials or dangerous goods which airlines do not allow as carry-on items or in checked bags:

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Lithium Battery:

Lithium-ion battery size: Up to 300 watt hours (Wh) or 25 grams

In case of spare battery:

  • If carrying one, does not exceed 300 Wh
  • If carrying two, does not exceed 160 Wh each

Lithium metal or non-rechargeable lithium batteries are forbidden with these devices.

Musical Instruments:
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Lithium batteries operated devices:

Two-wheel electric boards hover, boards, gliders, electric unicycles, or intelligent scooters of any type which use lithium or lithium-ion batteries will not be accepted in either checked or carry-on baggage.

Ensure that all electronic devices like laptops, cameras, and portable games are turned off and switches are protected from accidental activation.


As per the rules of Alaska airline baggage policy, alcohol over 70% with 140 proof is totally prohibited and involves the following restrictions:

You are allowed to carry up to 5 liters of alcohol per package and it must be in retail packaging. That is to say, carrying fewer than 24% alcohol by volume i.e. beer and wine.  There is no specific restriction attached to the amount of alcohol you may pack in your checked luggage.


Any passenger is not allowed to carry any explosive like Fireworks, gunpowder, signal flares, sparklers, or other explosives in their carry-on or check-in baggage.

Flammable liquids:

Flammable liquids like fuel, paints, ready-to-eat-meals; lighter refills, matches, and lighters are totally prohibited from carrying in an Alaska airline as check-in as well as carry-on baggage.

Household Items:

Items like drain cleaners, solvents, and other caustic or corrosive solids or liquids are totally banned on Alaska Airline as check-in and carry-on stuff.


You are allowed to carry liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes as per the rules of Alaska Airline carry on liquids but there is limit attached to travel-sized containers and that is it should not be more than 3.4 ounces i.e. 100 milliliters. Thus, the best advice is to place these items in a small bag and separate these from your carry-on baggage during the screening process. Items which are larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters prefer to pack them in checked baggage. It’s equally important to realize that liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.

Sharp Objects:

Any sharp object like a knife or any other cutting instruments like carpet knives, box cutters, folding or retractable blades, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors with a cutting edge of more than four inches are not allowed in a carry-on. However,  you can carry these in a checked in baggage.

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Alaska airline carry on weight:

Passengers need to follow the following limits when it comes to carry-on baggage. Thus, the maximum dimensions in linked with your carry-on or handbag are:

  • 45 linear inches (including wheels and handles)
  • Dimensions: (24 x 17 x 10 inch)

Alaska airline checked baggage weight:

Following are the limits in regards to the checked baggage on Alaska Airlines:

  • Passengers can carry 2 standard bags.
  • Maximum dimensions: 62 inches (length + width + height)
  • Maximum weight: 50 pounds or 23 kilograms
  • Weight Limits: Up to 100 pounds (for single piece)

You have all the information about the restricted items in this blog. Therefore, don’t keep these items while packing otherwise you will be in problem.


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