Most Experienced travelers go to the airport with only a carry-on bag. By avoiding checking your luggage, you save money and precious time. Additionally, the fact is that it’s much easier to travel without checked bags. That being said, you may still be confused by TSA (Transportation Security Administration) rules on what you can bring on a plane with you.
TSA Carry On Rules
The Transportation Security Administration has very strict guidelines on just about any item you might want to take on a plane with you. This includes items like pool cues and even stun guns. Naturally, these items are banned from carry-on luggage but allowed in checked bags.
In general, objects that are flammable, sharp or liquid above three ounces are not allowed in carry-on luggage. Sporting goods, self-defense items, tools and firearms are also prohibited. The different airport baggage scanners used by the TSA makes it extremely easy to find these items.
What can I bring on a plane?
- Sporting Equipment – ski poles, hockey sticks and baseball bats are also prohibited but tennis rackets, ice skates and snowboards are allowed.
- Weapons & Tools – guns and weapons are strictly forbidden, as are most tools like axes, crowbars and hammers. Screwdrivers and wrenches are allowed as long as they are no more than 7 inches in length. Multi-tools are allowed only if they are blade less or the scissors measure less than 4 inches.
- Sharp Objects – utility knives and box cutters are strictly prohibited but scissors with blades smaller than 4 inches are accepted in your carry on luggage. Nail clippers and basic disposable razors are allowed as well.
- Flammable Items – most such items are prohibited with one notable exception: basic lighters. The ban on common lighters was lifted back in 2007 and now you are able to bring a standard lighter in your carry-on luggage.
- Liquids – gel and liquid items such as shampoo, cosmetics or toothpaste may be carried in the plane as long as each item contains less than 3.4 ounces and fit together in a clear one-quart bag. Baby formula and liquid medicine are not subject to the 3.4 ounce rule.