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List of Airline Restricted Items Allowed As Either Carry-on Or Checked


There were many worst known tragedies happen that hit the aviation industry. These things changed the outlook of airline security in all over the world. Before the heading to the airport or onboard, people must have to know about the size, the weight, and most importantly what items are allowed in hand luggage and what items are not allowed in hand luggage. Here’s a guide to all the basics you need to know about the airline restricted items  while traveling by air.

Baggage Restrictions

In the past few years, people are facing many major inconveniences regarding limits and restrictions on carry-on and checked items. These conditions have imposed too many restrictions on several different personal hygiene items. But below showing list will help you to find out what is allowed in a carry-on bag and checked bag, what is not allowed in carry on and what items are not allowed in checked luggage.

Nevertheless, all these ordinances are exclusively for the purpose of passenger safety. You are allowed to carry liquids, container, and tubes in a plastic bag where possible. So if you know about airline prohibited items, then you should know what you can carry or not on the plane or the country you are going to because their ordinances might vary.

Here is the list of what are you allowed to bring on a plane and what items are not allowed on a plane.

Make-up & Toiletries ( > 3 oz. and not in a clear bag)

All type of creams, lotions & moisturizers, etc. No Yes
Bug sprays No Yes
Bubble bath, bath oils, bath gel, or moisturizers No Yes
Gel deodorants No Yes
Gelcap type pills No Yes
Hair styling gels No Yes
Hair sprays of all kinds including aerosol No Yes
Hair straightener or detangler No Yes
Lip gels, glosses, or liquids No Yes
Liquid foundations No Yes
Liquid soaps No Yes
Makeup removers or facial cleansers No Yes
Mascara No Yes
Mouthwash No Yes
Nail polish and removers No Yes
Perfumes or colognes No Yes
Toothpaste No Yes


Food & Drinks

All beverages No Yes
Liquid Medications Yes Yes Items should be separated from your zip-top bag and declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
Empty Camelbaks, similar backpacks, and water bottles Yes Yes
Gel-based sports supplements No Yes
Jellos No Yes
Puddings No Yes
Yogurts or gel-like substances Yes Yes
Non-liquid, non-gel foods (such as sandwiches) Yes Yes
When traveling with an infant No Yes ·  Baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice in reasonable quantities exceeding 3 oz.

·  Allow you to carry on baby formula even if you are not traveling with an infant.

·  Put these items separated from your zip-top bag.


Electronic Devices

Camcorders Yes Yes
Camcorders Yes Yes Put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on baggage or take the undeveloped film with you to the checkpoint and ask the screener to conduct a hand-inspection.
Laptop Computers Yes Yes
Mobile Phones Yes Yes
Pagers Yes Yes
Personal Data Assistants (PDA’s) Yes Yes


Personal Items

Baby teethers with gel or liquid inside No Yes
Children’s toys with gel inside No Yes
Cigar Cutters Yes Yes
Corkscrews Yes Yes
Cuticle Cutters Yes Yes
Eyeglass Repair Tools (including screwdrivers) Yes Yes
Eyelash Curlers Yes Yes
Gel candles No Yes
Gel shoe inserts No Yes
Knitting and Crochet Needles Yes Yes
Knives No Yes Prohibited as carry-on except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.
Nail Clippers Yes Yes
Nail Files
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



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
Skates (including ice skates and roller blades) Yes Yes


Sharp Objects

Box Cutters No Yes
Ice Axes/Ice Picks No Yes
Knives No Yes Blade < 2.36″, Width < ½”, no locking or fixed blade, no molded grip
Meat Cleavers No Yes
Razors No Yes
Sabers No Yes
Scissors No Yes Metal with pointed tips and blades longer than four inches
Swords No Yes


Note: Keep all sharp objects securely in check-in baggage that are wrapped in a way to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Guns & Firearms

Ammunition No Yes Check with airline
BB guns No Yes
Compressed Air Guns

(w/o cylinder)

No Yes

(unloaded, packed)

No Yes
Flare Guns

(unloaded, packed)

No Yes
Flares No No
Gun Lighters No No
Gun Powder No No
Firearms Parts No Yes
Pellet Guns No Yes
Realistic Replicas of Firearms No Yes
Starter Pistols

(unloaded, packed)

No Yes


Check with your airline to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline or not. Ask about limitations or fees. All of the firearms listed above, as well the frame or receiver of such firearms, carried as checked baggage, MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided gun case, and declared to your airline at check-in.


Axes and Hatchets No Yes
Cattle Prods No Yes
Crowbars No Yes
Hammers No Yes
Drills and drill bits No Yes
Saws No Yes

(length > 7″)

No Yes

(length = 7″)

Yes Yes

(length = 7″)

Yes Yes
Wrenches and Pliers

(length = 7″)

Yes Yes


Note: All sharp objects in check-in baggage should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Martial Arts & Self Defense Items

Billy Clubs No Yes
Black Jacks No Yes
Brass Knuckles No Yes
Kubatons No Yes
Self Defense Sprays No Yes 1 (4 oz) container < 2% Tear Gas
Martial Arts Weapons No Yes
Night Sticks No Yes
Nunchucks No Yes
Stun Guns / Shocking Devices No Yes
Throwing Stars No Yes


Explosive Materials

Blasting Caps No No
Dynamite No No
Fireworks No No
Hand Grenades No No
Plastic Explosives No No
Realistic Replicas of Explosives No No


Flammable Items

Aerosol No No Any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities
Fuels No No Not even cooking oil
Gasoline No No
Gas Torches No No
Lighter With Fluid No No Lighters with fuel are prohibited as checked and carry-on.
Common Lighters

(w/o fuel)

No Yes Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage
Torch Lighters No No
Strike-anywhere Matches No No 1 book of safety matches are allowed as a carry-on item
Flammable Paints No No
Turpentine and Paint Thinner No No
Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries No No


Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items


(for pools and spas)

No No
Small compressed gas cartridges Yes Yes A maximum of 2 in life vests, and two spares
Fire Extinguishers / Compressed gas cylinders No No
Liquid Bleach No No
Spillable Batteries No No Except for the ones in a wheelchair
Spray Paint No No
Tear Gas

( > 2% Tear Gas)

No No Self defense sprays
Vehicle Airbags No No


Other Items

Gel-type candles No Yes
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint No No

flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint

( < 3.4 oz)

No Yes
Marijuana No No
Snow globes

( < 3.4 oz water in it)

No Yes
Knitting Needles and Needle Point Yes Yes
Circular Thread Cutters No Yes

 Always remember that the above-mentioned rules and regulations for international flights may vary. This may depend on the destination and the carrier. The safest practice would be to declare your entire luggage at the check-in. The rules of carry-on luggage are stricter in case of flights to international destinations. The prohibited carry-on items for first-class travelers are different from the business class. These may seem very complicated, but it is better to be safe when it comes to air travel.

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