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Things You Can’t Take on a Plane

Things You Can’t Take on a Plane

If you’re planning to travel, it makes sense to know the things that are not allowed on your carry-on luggage. This will help you to pack light for your flight. All you have to do is refer to the rules and regulations created by the Transportation Security Administration.

Here are the items that you should not pack in your hand-carried baggage:

Weapons and firearms

Any type of firearms such as rifles, revolvers, pistols, and shotguns are not allowed as hand-carried items. Firearms accessories, replicas, and even toy weapon are prohibited in airlines.

In addition, airline passengers are discouraged to bring projector propelling devices that may cause injuries. This may include harpoons and spears, starting pistols and signaling weapons, catapults and slingshots.

Objects with sharp or pointed edges

These are items that can cause severe injuries such as ice axes and ice picks, swords, razor blades, and knives with longer blades. Likewise, you should not bring scissors in which the blades are more than 6cm long. Martial arts equipment with sharp edges and points is banned.

Can you bring a razor on a plane? the airport authorities may allow you to bring disposable razors. A disposable razor is the one in which the attached into the handle. You are also allowed to carry-on electric razors.


The TSA requires you to use the 3-1-1 rule. If you will bring liquids such as toiletries, make sure to put them in individual containers not more than 100ml (3.4 ounces). The container must be transparent and put all the liquid items in a zip-locked plastic bag.

In case of liquid medication, you should check first with the airline’s authority if it is allowed. Aside from liquid medication, other items that are considered liquid are aerosols, snow globes, mascara, and peanut butter.

3-1-1 liquids rule

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Sporting equipment

If you will travel to play sports, be reminded that airlines did not allow passengers to bring sporting equipment in their carry-on bags. These include bows and arrows, baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, and pool cues.

Working tools

Before you pack your things for travel, you should know that working tools are not allowed in carry-on luggage. This is to ensure the safety of the passengers and the plane.

Thus, you should not bring drills and drill bits (even the one that is battery operated), claw bars, chisels, screwdrivers, saws, nail guns, and soldering lamps.

Self-defense items

Safety must be a priority. But, if you will travel you should bring self-defense items because they are considered as weapons by the TSA. This means that you should leave at home self-defense items like mace or pepper spray.

Flammable items

Plane passengers are not allowed to bring flammable items such as matches and lighters for safety purposes. As included in the rules and regulation of TSA, both explosive and flammable items are banned in both checked and carry-on luggage.


Chemicals can be dangerous that’s why airlines do not allow passengers to bring them. These include spray paint, chlorine, fire extinguishers, tear gas, bleach, and spillable batteries.

The regulations pertaining to the list of items that should not be included in the carry-on bags may change from time to time. That’s why before packing your things you should check first the website of TSA or the country of your destination.