Permitted and Prohibited Items
Air Travel Advuice from the TSA website
What Can I Bring?
On Tuesday, September 26, 2006, TSA adjusted the ban on liquids, gels, and aerosols.
Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.
- Click here to download the
prohibited items brochure
The following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols carried through security checkpoints.
- All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
- All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
- Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.
There are exceptions for baby formula, breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Please keep in mind that these rules were developed after extensive research and understanding of current threats. They are intended to help air travelers bring essential toiletries and other liquids, gels and aerosols for short trips. If you need larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols such as toothpaste or shampoo, please place them in your luggage and check them with your airline.
To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3 ounces of the following liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary (all exceptions must be presented to the security officer in front of the checkpoint):
- Baby formula, breast milk, and juice
- All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes;
- Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition;
- Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs;
- Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids; and,
- Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.
You are allowed reasonable amounts over 3 ounces of the items above in your carry-on baggage, but you will need to perform the following:
- Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
- Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
- Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.
We have also taken steps to ensure the security of the boarding areas after you pass through our security checkpoints. Therefore, any liquid, gel or aerosol, such as coffee or soda, purchased in the secure area beyond the security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane. Please note that if you have a layover and are re-screened at your connecting airport the current rules for carry-ons apply.
A printable version of the prohibited items listing is available. Prohibited Items List (PDF 164 KB)
You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items as such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids.
We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by being prepared before you arrive. We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines. Please pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked baggage even if you do not normally check a bag.
In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols numerous other potentially dangerous items are not permitted in carry-on baggage. We strongly encourage travelers to read more about previously prohibited items to avoid complications during screening.
To help you understand and navigate the new security measures, please click one of the links below.
- Know Before You Go Travel Card (pdf, 528Kb)
- Bag And Zip For A Short Trip (pdf, 2.8Mb)
- The Right Bag For Your Carry-on (pdf, 1.2Mb)
- Screening Step-By-Step (wmv, 3Mb)
- Female business traveler (wmv, 3Mb)
- Male business traveler (wmv, 3Mb)
- Traveling with a baby or small child (wmv, 3Mb)
- Travelers with special needs (wmv, 3Mb)
It is unlikely that additional changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in the near future.
This security regimen applies to all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports. Travelers should, however, check with transportation security authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.
Makeup, Medication, Personal Items & Special Needs Devices
|Aerosol spray bottles and cans||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||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 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Deodorants made of gel or aerosol||Yes -3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Eye drops - You are allowed to carry a 3 oz. or smaller container of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. There is no restriction on the amount you may carry, but containers greater than 3 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.||Yes||Yes|
|Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics - Gel-filled bras may be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.||Yes||Yes|
|Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Hair Straightener or Detangler||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Knitting and Crochet Needles||Yes||Yes|
|Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.||No||Yes|
|Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid foundations||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid sanitizers||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid soaps||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid mascara||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Make up removers or facial cleansers||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Mouthwash||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Nail polish and removers||Yes -3 oz. or smaller container||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 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|
|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 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Toothpaste||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Toy Transformer Robots||Yes||Yes|
|Toy Weapons - if not realistic replicas.||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.||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.|