US Airline Regulations - Personal Items Permitted Aboard a Flight

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Knowing what can be packed in carry-on luggage and items that must be packed in your checked baggage can be confusing, but there are some basic guidelines that you can follow.

When it comes to personal items, you may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on bags only if they adhere to the 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3.4 ounces or less; stored in a one quart/liter zip-top bag; one zip-top bag per person, placed in the screening bin.

Larger amounts of non-medicinal liquids, gels, and aerosols must be placed in checked baggage.

Remember, the final decision of what is allowed through the final checkpoint area rests with the TSA officer.

Personal Items

Carry-on

Checked

Aerosol spray bottles and cans.

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Cigar Cutters

No

Yes

Corkscrews (with no blade)

Yes

Yes

Corkscrews (with blade)

No

Yes

Cuticle Cutters

Yes

Yes

Deodorants made of gel or aerosol

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Eye drops - Containers greater than 3.4 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.

Yes

Yes

Eyeglass Repair Tools - including screwdrivers smaller than 7 inches.

Yes

Yes

Electronic Cigarettes / Vaping Devices - The FAA prohibits these devices in checked baggage. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). 

Yes

No

Gel-filled bras (silicone inserts) and similar prosthetics - May be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.  You must tell the Transportation Security Officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening checkpoint process. 

Yes

Yes

Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Knitting and Crochet Needles

YesYes

Circular Thread Cutters: Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage.

No

Yes

Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.

No

Yes

Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Liquid makeup

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Liquid sanitizer

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Liquid soaps

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Liquid mascara

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Make up removers or facial cleansers

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Mouthwash

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Nail Clippers

Yes

Yes

Nail Files

Yes

Yes

Nail polish and removers

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag. For more details see read our information on liquid medications

Yes

Yes

Personal lubricants - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.

Yes

Yes

Safety Razors - including disposable razors.

Yes

Yes

Saline solution - You are allowed to carry up to 3.4 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3.4 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.

Yes

Yes

Scissors - plastic or metal with blunt tips.

Yes

Yes

Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length.

Yes

Yes

Shampoos and conditioners

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Toothpaste

Yes - 3.4 oz. or less

Yes

Toy Transformer Robots

Yes

Yes

Toy Weapons - if not realistic replicas. Realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on baggage. Subject to certain restrictions, you may transport these items in your checked baggage.

Yes

Yes

Tweezers

Yes

Yes

Umbrellas- allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.

Yes

Yes

Walking Canes - allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed. Some mobility aids may require specialized screening. To expedite your travel, notify the Transportation Security Officer of your need for special assistance at the beginning of the checkpoint screening process. At any time during the screening process, you may ask for a private screening area.

Yes

Yes

NOTE: Some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. The FAA regulates hazardous materials. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov.

More 'Carry-on or Check' Regulations:

  • Medication and Special Needs Devices
  • Electronic Devices
  • Sharp Objects
  • Sporting Goods
  • Guns, Firearms and Ammunition
  • Tools
  • Flammable Items
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Montaldo, Charles. "US Airline Regulations - Personal Items Permitted Aboard a Flight." ThoughtCo, Jul. 13, 2016, thoughtco.com/tsa-regulations-personal-items-permitted-aboard-4062303. Montaldo, Charles. (2016, July 13). US Airline Regulations - Personal Items Permitted Aboard a Flight. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/tsa-regulations-personal-items-permitted-aboard-4062303 Montaldo, Charles. "US Airline Regulations - Personal Items Permitted Aboard a Flight." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/tsa-regulations-personal-items-permitted-aboard-4062303 (accessed October 20, 2017).