Do you know what’s forbidden to bring on an airplane? You should. But it’s hard to follow it all. I’m here to help. You’re probably familiar with the basics. Because we’re reminded of and must attest to not bringing them each time we check-in for a flight. This list will save you from getting shocked by TSA’s sticky fingers. Be prepared. Plan ahead. Know these 39 common items TSA will take from you.
I didn’t include generally recognized weapons and flammables. There are other odd items not included like the Galaxy Note 7.
39 Common Items (Alphabetical order)
- Aerosol Insecticide (Insect spray)
- Maybe you have a serious case of Entomophobia.
- Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof
- TSA obviously doesn’t like to party.
- Axes and Hatchets
- Bang Snaps
- Baseball Bats (and Cricket Bats)
- Bowling Pins
- Canoe/Kayak Paddles
- Cast Iron Cookware
- Chlorine for Pools
- Cooking Spray
- Corkscrews (with blade)
- Drills and Drill Bits
- Christmas Crackers
- Know what these are? I didn’t either. Table decorations that make a snapping noise when opened.
- Foam Toy Sword
- Gel-Type Candles
- Golf Clubs
- Hammers and Mallets
- Heating Pad (Gel)
- Hiking Poles and Walking Sticks
- Sorry older folks. You’ll need a wheelchair for boarding.
- Hockey and Lacrosse Sticks
- Liquid Bleach
- Magic 8 Ball
- Probably to quell hysteria
- Night Sticks/Batons
- Party Poppers
- I’d pop them at every landing
- Pepper Spray (any self-defense spray)
- Oh, the possibilities. Best to keep the temptation at bay.
- Pocket Knife
- Pool Cues
- Realistic Replicas of Explosives and Firearms
- Maybe you’re in the movie making business.
- Screwdriver (longer than 7 inches)
- Ski Poles
- A Nerf version could be fun
- Snow Cleats
- Spray Paint
- Could you imagine what the lavatory would look like?
- Spray Starch
- Ironing shirts onboard is strictly prohibited.
- Tent Spikes and Poles
- Turpentine and Paint Thinner
Click this link to see TSA’s updated list of what you can bring.
Want even more detail? Read the head-scratching blog article TSA Year in Review 2019. The number of firearms found in carry-on luggage continues to climb year after year. A 5% increase from 2018. A whopping 87% of guns found going through security were loaded.
Regardless of your stance on guns, this TSA rule isn’t new. It’s unclear what TSA might do to curb the upward trend.
TSA Knows Star Wars
Who says the TSA doesn’t have a sense of humor. The Light Saber is my favorite carry-on approved item.
Although, what’s wrong with the foam toy sword then?
Read. Plan. Travel. Repeat!