What can you fly with?

To prevent inflight danger, many common items are restricted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). If you travel with objects on the TSA prohibited items or FAA Pack Safe Hazmat restrictions lists, they 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 over 70 percent by volume This content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

Alcoholic beverages under 70 percent by volume This content can be expanded

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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) This content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

See notes

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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.

BatteriesThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Yes

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

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  • Damaged batteries

  • Automobile, boat or aircraft batteries

Allowed for travel?

No

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Portable electronic devices containing cells or batteries (including lithium) and spares for these devices intended for personal use:

Allowed for travel?

Yes

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We allow up to 2 spare batteries for personal use, with restrictions:

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Portable electronic devices containing cells or batteries (including lithium) and spares for these devices not intended for personal use:

Allowed for travel?

No

Notes

We allow up to 2 of each device and 2 spare batteries intended for personal use only, with restrictions:

Cutting instrumentsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Checked baggage - yes

Carry-on baggage - no

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

Defense spraysThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

Dry iceThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Yes

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

Electronic cigarettes (vapor / e-cigarettes)This content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

  • Checked baggage - no

  • Carry-on baggage - yes

Notes

Since some electronic cigarettes use lithium ion batteries, you cannot travel with them in your checked baggage. You can travel with them in your carry-on, but you’re not allowed to use them onboard any flight. We recommend traveling with them in a designated carry case.

ExplosivesThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

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You can travel with swingless golf clubs without strips.

Firearms or ammunitionThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Checked baggage - yes

Carry-on baggage - no

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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 solidsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

Gasoline-powered toolsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Checked baggage - yes

Carry-on baggage - no

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

Household itemsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

HoverboardsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

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We don’t allow lithium ion battery-powered personal transportation devices on board or as carry-on or checked baggage.

Lighters and matchesThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Checked baggage - no

Carry-on baggage - yes

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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:

MarijuanaThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

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Although American is aware of various state laws that allow recreational or medical marijuana possession, the TSA has stated that possession of marijuana, even medical marijuana, is illegal under federal law and that it will refer passengers traveling with marijuana to law enforcement authorities. Accordingly, American does not allow passenger to transport marijuana on our flights. Anyone traveling with or transporting marijuana on American flights does at their own risk.

Mobility devicesThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

You can travel with mobility devices if:

Personal care itemsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Yes

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

You can travel with personal items as checked baggage if:

Pressurized containers / compressed gassesThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

Self-heating mealsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

No

Self-inflating life jacketsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Checked baggage - yes

Carry-on baggage - no

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

Scissors and toolsThis content can be expanded

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Allowed for travel?

Yes but with restrictions

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

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Allowed for travel?

Checked baggage - yes

Carry-on baggage - no