Airline Carry-on Restrictions - What Can I Take on a Plane?

Carry on restrictions for airlines
Airline security has never been the same since the attacks of 9/11. A LOT of restrictions on what can be carried on board a plane have been imposed since. Here's a look at what you can and cannot carry with you on a plane.
Hand-luggage Specifications
Dimensions - Up to 45 in/115 cm (14 x 9 x 22 in or 36 x 23 x 56 cm)
Weight - Up to 40 lbs/18 kg
Note: These are the standard guidelines of the Federal Aviation Administration followed by most major airlines in America.

The 9/11 attacks were the worst known tragedy to have hit the aviation industry. These attacks changed the outlook of airline security not only in the US, but the world over. Before the attacks, people traveling by air only needed to worry about the size of the luggage that they used to carry; now the size, the weight, and most importantly, the contents of your handbag matter. Here's a guide about all the basics you need to know about the carry-on luggage while traveling by air.

Baggage Restrictions
One of the major inconveniences faced by passengers in the past few years is the limits and restrictions fixed on items which you may carry on board. In most cases, these conditions have imposed severe restrictions on several different personal hygiene items, which can be peculiarly taxing if you are traveling on a really long flight. Nevertheless, all these ordinances are exclusively for the purpose of passenger safety. It is very crucial to know the fact that the items themselves are not banned, but instead the containers and tubes that they are stored in. It is however allowed to carry such items in a plastic bag where possible. You should also ensure to ascertain particular ordinances of the airline or the country you are going to, as their ordinances might vary.

Sporting Goods

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Baseball Bats *NoYes
Bows and ArrowsNoYes
Cricket Bats *NoYes
Golf ClubsNoYes
Hockey SticksNoYes
Lacrosse SticksNoYes
Pool CuesNoYes
Ski PolesNoYes
Spear GunsNoYes

* Condition:
Bats < 24", Bats > 24" and < 24 oz, limited to 2 golf clubs


Sharp Objects

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Box CuttersNoYes
Ice Axes/Ice PicksNoYes
Knives *NoYes
Meat CleaversNoYes
RazorsNoYes
SabersNoYes
Scissors *NoYes
SwordsNoYes

* Condition:
Scissors - Blade < 4"
Knife - Blade < 2.36", Width < ½", no locking or fixed blade, no molded grip

Note: All sharp objects in check-in baggage should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Guns & Firearms

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Ammunition*NoYes
BB gunsNoYes
Compressed Air Guns
(w/o cylinder)
NoYes
Firearms
(unloaded, packed)
NoYes
Flare Guns
(unloaded, packed)
NoYes
FlaresNoNo
Gun Lighters
(w/o lighter fluid)
NoYes
Gun PowderNoNo
Firearms PartsNoYes
Pellet GunsNoYes
Realistic Replicas of FirearmsNoYes
Starter Pistols
(unloaded, packed)
NoYes

* Airline dependent

Tools

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Axes and HatchetsNoYes
Cattle ProdsNoYes
CrowbarsNoYes
HammersNoYes
Drills and drill bitsNoYes
SawsNoYes
Tools
(length > 7")
NoYes
Tool
(length = 7")
YesYes
Screwdrivers
(length = 7")
YesYes
Wrenches and Pliers
(length = 7")
YesYes

Note: All sharp objects in check-in baggage should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Martial Arts & Self Defense Items

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Billy ClubsNoYes
Black JacksNoYes
Brass KnucklesNoYes
KubatonsNoYes
Self Defense Sprays *NoYes
Martial Arts WeaponsNoYes
Night SticksNoYes
NunchucksNoYes
Stun Guns / Shocking DevicesNoYes
Throwing StarsNoYes

* Condition:
Self Defense Sprays - 1 (4 oz) container < 2% Tear Gas

Note: All sharp objects in check-in baggage should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Explosive Materials

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Blasting CapsNoNo
DynamiteNoNo
FireworksNoNo
Hand GrenadesNoNo
Plastic ExplosivesNoNo
Realistic Replicas of ExplosivesNoNo


Flammable Items

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Aerosol
(other than toiletries)
NoNo
FuelsNoNo
GasolineNoNo
Gas TorchesNoNo
Lighter FluidNoNo
Common Lighters
(w/o fuel)
NoYes
Torch LightersNoNo
Strike-anywhere Matches *NoNo
Flammable PaintsNoNo
Turpentine and Paint ThinnerNoNo
Realistic Replicas of IncendiariesNoNo

* 1 book of safety matches are allowed as a carry-on item

Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Chlorine
(for pools and spas)
NoNo
Small compressed gas cartridges *YesYes
Fire Extinguishers / Compressed gas cylindersNoNo
Liquid BleachNoNo
Spillable Batteries *NoNo
Spray PaintNoNo
Tear Gas
( > 2% Tear Gas) *
NoNo
Vehicle AirbagsNoNo

* Conditions:
Compressed gas cartridges - a maximum of 2 in life vests, and two spares, Spillable Batteries - except the ones in a wheelchair, Tear Gas - Self defense sprays > 2% Tear gas


Other Items

ItemCarry-OnCheck-In
Gel-type candlesNoYes
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paintNoNo
Non-
flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint
( < 3.4 oz)
YesYes
MarijuanaNoNo
Snow globes
( < 3.4 oz water in it)
YesYes

Do remember though, that the rules and regulations for international flights may greatly vary from the ones mentioned above; this may depend on the destination, and the carrier. The safest practice would be to declare all your luggage at the check-in. The rules and ordinances of carry-on luggage are stricter in case of flights to international destinations. The airline carry-on luggage restrictions for first-class travelers vary from those traveling in coach and business class. These ordinances may seem very complicated, but is certainly better to be safe when it comes to air travel. So long then. Bon voyage!
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