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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.

Prohibited Items Brochures
  • Click here to download the
    prohibited items brochure
    (pdf, 116kb)

The following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols carried through security checkpoints.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
  2. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
  3. 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.

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

Item Carry-on Checked
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
Cigar Cutters Yes Yes
Corkscrews Yes Yes
Cuticle Cutters Yes 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
Eyelash Curlers 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 Clippers Yes Yes
Nail Files Yes 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
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. 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.
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