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

Posted on May, 17, 2018 By : Admin
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.NoYes
Bug spraysNoYes
Bubble bath, bath oils, bath gel, or moisturizersNoYes
Gel deodorantsNoYes
Gelcap type pillsNoYes
Hair styling gelsNoYes
Hair sprays of all kinds including aerosolNoYes
Hair straightener or detanglerNoYes
Lip gels, glosses, or liquidsNoYes
Liquid foundationsNoYes
Liquid soapsNoYes
Makeup removers or facial cleansersNoYes
Nail polish and removersNoYes
Perfumes or colognesNoYes


Food & Drinks

All beveragesNoYes
Liquid MedicationsYesYesItems should be separated from your zip-top bag and declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
Empty Camelbaks, similar backpacks, and water bottlesYesYes
Gel-based sports supplementsNoYes
Yogurts or gel-like substancesYesYes
Non-liquid, non-gel foods (such as sandwiches)YesYes
When traveling with an infant NoYes·  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

CamcordersYesYesPut 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 ComputersYesYes
Mobile PhonesYesYes
Personal Data Assistants (PDA’s)YesYes


Personal Items

Baby teethers with gel or liquid insideNoYes
Children’s toys with gel insideNoYes
Cigar CuttersYesYes
Cuticle CuttersYesYes
Eyeglass Repair Tools (including screwdrivers)YesYes
Eyelash CurlersYesYes
Gel candlesNoYes
Gel shoe insertsNoYes
Knitting and Crochet NeedlesYesYes
KnivesNoYesProhibited as carry-on except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.
Nail ClippersYesYes
Nail Files
Toy Transformer RobotsYesYes
Toy Weapons (if not realistic replicas)YesYes
UmbrellasYesYesAllowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed
Walking CanesYesYesAllowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed



Sporting Goods

Baseball Bats NoYes
Bows and ArrowsNoYes
Cricket Bats NoYes
Golf ClubsNoYes
Hockey SticksNoYes
Lacrosse SticksNoYes
Pool CuesNoYes
Ski PolesNoYes
Spear GunsNoYes
Skates (including ice skates and roller blades)YesYes


Sharp Objects

Box CuttersNoYes
Ice Axes/Ice PicksNoYes
KnivesNoYesBlade < 2.36″, Width < ½”, no locking or fixed blade, no molded grip
Meat CleaversNoYes
ScissorsNoYesMetal with pointed tips and blades longer than four inches


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

AmmunitionNoYesCheck with airline
BB gunsNoYes
Compressed Air Guns

(w/o cylinder)


(unloaded, packed)

Flare Guns

(unloaded, packed)

Gun LightersNoNo
Gun PowderNoNo
Firearms PartsNoYes
Pellet GunsNoYes
Realistic Replicas of FirearmsNoYes
Starter Pistols

(unloaded, packed)



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 HatchetsNoYes
Cattle ProdsNoYes
Drills and drill bitsNoYes

(length > 7″)


(length = 7″)


(length = 7″)

Wrenches and Pliers

(length = 7″)



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 ClubsNoYes
Black JacksNoYes
Brass KnucklesNoYes
Self Defense Sprays NoYes1 (4 oz) container < 2% Tear Gas
Martial Arts WeaponsNoYes
Night SticksNoYes
Stun Guns / Shocking DevicesNoYes
Throwing StarsNoYes


Explosive Materials

Blasting CapsNoNo
Hand GrenadesNoNo
Plastic ExplosivesNoNo
Realistic Replicas of ExplosivesNoNo


Flammable Items

AerosolNoNoAny except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities
FuelsNoNoNot even cooking oil
Gas TorchesNoNo
Lighter With FluidNoNoLighters with fuel are prohibited as checked and carry-on.
Common Lighters

(w/o fuel)

NoYesLighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage
Torch LightersNoNo
Strike-anywhere Matches NoNo1 book of safety matches are allowed as a carry-on item
Flammable PaintsNoNo
Turpentine and Paint ThinnerNoNo
Realistic Replicas of IncendiariesNoNo


Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items


(for pools and spas)

Small compressed gas cartridges YesYesA maximum of 2 in life vests, and two spares
Fire Extinguishers / Compressed gas cylindersNoNo
Liquid BleachNoNo
Spillable Batteries NoNoExcept for the ones in a wheelchair
Spray PaintNoNo
Tear Gas

( > 2% Tear Gas)

NoNoSelf defense sprays
Vehicle AirbagsNoNo


Other Items

Gel-type candlesNoYes
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paintNoNo

flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint

( < 3.4 oz)

Snow globes

( < 3.4 oz water in it)

Knitting Needles and Needle PointYesYes
Circular Thread CuttersNoYes

 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.

Also Read:

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