TSA: What can go on airplanes?

TSA: What can go on airplanes? 49 CFR Part 1540 By Fred Workley The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued 49 CFR Part 1540 [Federal Register: Feb. 14, 2003 (Vol. 68, No. 31)]. This interpretive rule provides guidance to...


E. Incendiaries
(1) Aerosol, any, except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities
(2) Fuels, including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel
(3) Gasoline
(4) Gas torches, including micro-torches and torch lighters
(5) Lighter fluid
(6) Strike-anywhere matches
(7) Turpentine and paint thinner
(8) Realistic replicas of incendiaries

F. Disabling chemicals and other dangerous items
(1) Chlorine for pools and spas
(2) Compressed gas cylinders (including fire extinguishers)
(3) Liquid bleach
(4) Mace
(5) Pepper spray
(6) Spillable batteries, except those in wheelchairs
(7) Spray paint
(8) Tear gas

II. Permitted items

TSA does not consider the items on the following lists as weapons, explosives, or incendiaries, because of medical necessity or because they appear to pose little risk if, as is required, they have passed through screening. Therefore, passengers may carry these items as accessible property or on their person through passenger screening checkpoints and into airport sterile areas and the cabins of passenger aircraft.

A. Medical and personal items
(1) Braille note taker, slate and stylus, and augmentation devices
(2) Cigar cutters
(3) Corkscrews
(4) Cuticle cutters
(5) Diabetes-related supplies/equipment (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed), including: Insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products; vials or box of individual vials; jet injectors; pens; infusers; and preloaded syringes; and an unlimited number of unused syringes, when accompanied by insulin; lancets; blood glucose meters; blood glucose meter test strips; insulin pumps; and insulin pump supplies. Insulin in any form or dispenser must be properly marked with a professionally printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label.
(6) Eyeglass repair tools, including screwdrivers
(7) Eyelash curlers
(8) Knives, round-bladed butter or plastic
(9) Lighters (maximum of two, fueled with non-refillable liquefied gas (Bic-type) or absorbed liquid (Zippo-type)
(10) Matches (maximum of four books, strike on cover, book type)
(11) Nail clippers
(12) Nail files
(13) Nitroglycerine pills or spray for medical use, if properly marked with a professionally printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label
(14) Personal care or toiletries with aerosols, in limited quantities
(15) Prosthetic device tools and appliances (including drill, allen wrenches, pullsleeves) used to put on or remove prosthetic devices, if carried by the individual with the prosthetic device or his or her companion
(16) Safety razors (including disposable razors)
(17) Scissors, plastic or metal with blunt tips
(18) Tweezers
(19) Umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed)
(20) Walking canes (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed)

B. Toys, hobby items, and other items posing little risk
(1) Knitting and crochet needles
(2) Toy transformer robots
(3) Toy weapons (if not realistic replicas)

III. Items prohibited in sterile and cabin areas but that may be placed in checked baggage

Passengers may place prohibited items other than explosives, incendiaries, disabling chemicals and other dangerous items (other than individual self-defense sprays as noted below), and loaded firearms in their checked baggage, subject to any limitations provided in DOT's hazardous materials regulation. 49 CFR Part 175.

(1) Pepper spray or mace. A passenger may have one self-defense spray, not exceeding 4 fluid ounces by volume, which incorporates a safety cap.
(2) Small arms ammunition. A passenger may place small arms ammunition for personal use in checked baggage, but only if securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes, or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
(3) Unloaded firearms. A passenger may place an unloaded firearm or starter pistol in a checked bag if the passenger declares to the airline operator, either orally or in writing, before checking the baggage, that the passenger has a firearm in his or her bag and that it is unloaded; the firearm is carried in a hard-sided container; and the container is locked, and only the passenger has the key or combination.
(4) Club-like items. A passenger also may transport club-like objects and sharp objects in checked baggage, as long as they do not contain explosives or incendiaries.
(5) Self-defense spray. A passenger may have one self-defense spray (pepper spray or mace) not exceeding 4 fluid ounces in a checked bag if the spray container has a positive means to prevent accidental discharge.
(6) Other items. Compressed air guns, fire extinguishers, flare pistols, and gun lighters are regulated as hazardous materials and may only be transported in checked baggage under strict limitations in quantity and packaging.

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