What can you fly with?

Although the TSA allows you to travel with properly packaged liquids as carry-on, many other common items can become dangerous inflight and are restricted by the TSA. If you are traveling with any of the items on the restricted list, it will be confiscated*.

*You will be in violation of U.S. Federal Law if you don’t declare any dangerous items. This means you could face up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 (49 U.S.C 5124).


  • Alcoholic beverages under 70 percent by volume

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Checked baggage - yes

    Notes

    Opened containers are only allowed if they are re-closed and packed properly.

    The amount of alcohol you can travel with depends on custom regulations which vary by country. Please check ahead of time to make sure you’re compliant with these limits.

    The maximum you can travel with is 5 liters per passenger for beverages 24% - 70%.

  • Animal products/products of animal origin (EU destinations only)

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    See notes

    Notes

    Due to restrictions set by the European Union (EU), you cannot transport certain products of animal origin into the EU. Please check ahead of time to make sure you comply with these restrictions.

  • Batteries

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Yes

    Notes

    You can travel with spare lithium, lithium-ion batteries for devices such as laptops, cell phones and cameras as carry-on as long as the terminals are covered or insulated. You cannot travel with them as checked baggage.

    Please remove batteries from devices in your checked bags and put them in your carry-on in separate plastic bags.

    We won’t accept:

  • Cutting instruments

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Checked baggage - yes

    Carry-on baggage - no

    Notes

    You can travel with plastic cutlery and safety/disposable razors as carry-on baggage.

  • Defense sprays

    Examples

    Allowed for travel?

    No

  • Dry ice

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Yes

    Notes

    You can travel with up to 5.5 lbs/2.5 kgs as carry-on if:

  • Explosives

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    No

    Notes

    You can travel with swingless golf clubs without strips.

  • Firearms or ammunition

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Checked baggage - yes

    Carry-on baggage - no

    Notes

    You can only travel with firearms in checked baggage only if they are declared to an agent at check-in.

    We do not accept firearms in checked baggage to/from the United Kingdom (unless you are military/government personnel with proper documentation).

    You can travel with up to 11lbs/5kg small arms ammunition for sporting purposes as part of checked baggage if it is:

  • Flammable liquids or solids

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    No

  • Gasoline-powered tools

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Checked baggage - yes

    Carry-on baggage - no

    Notes

    You can only travel with gasoline-powered tools as checked baggage if they are:

  • Household items

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    No

  • Lighters and matches

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Checked baggage - no

    Carry-on baggage - yes

    Notes

    When traveling to/from/through Japan, you can carry one lighter per person.

    For all other travel, you can also carry-on:

    You cannot travel with:

  • Personal care items

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Yes

    Notes

    You can travel with personal items as carry-on if they are:

    You can travel with personal items as checked baggage if:

  • Self-heating meals

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    No

  • Self-inflating life jackets

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    Yes

    Notes

    You can only travel with one life jacket as checked baggage, but it may be confiscated by the TSA.

  • Scissors and tools

    Example

    Allowed for travel?

    See notes

    Notes

    You can travel with such items as carry-on if their measurements are:

    You cannot travel with carry-on tools such as: