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Have the Following Ready
You should present the following documents to a TSA officer at the checkpoint:
1. Boarding pass
2. Acceptable Identification
If you do not have identification (lost, stolen, etc.), you will need to give the security officer information that will help verify your identity. Please allow additional time since this slows down the screening process and will result in additional screening. (Children do not have to show identification).

Acceptable IDs
Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.
TSA officers understand passengers occasionally arrive at the airport without an ID, because of losing it or inadvertently leaving it at home. If this happens to you, it does not necessarily mean you will not be allowed to fly. If you are willing to provide additional information, TSA officers have other ways to confirm your identity, like using publicly available databases, so you can reach your flight.
If you are cleared through this process, TSA officers may give you additional screening. If TSA cannot verify your identity, you may not be allowed to enter the screening checkpoint or to board a plane.
Acceptable IDs for screening purposes include:
1. U.S. passport
2. U.S. passport card
3. DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
4. U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
5. Permanent resident card
6. Border crossing card
7. DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
8. Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) for the sole purpose of identification
9. Native American tribal photo ID
10. HSPD-12 PIV card
11. Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
12. Foreign government-issued passport
13. Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
14. Transportation Worker Identification Credential
Note: a weapon permit is not an acceptable form of identification.

3-1-1 Liquids Rule
You are allowed to bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces or less per container. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables TSA officers to screen them quickly.

3-1-1 for carry-ons.
Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.

Be prepared.
Each time a TSA officer stops to physically screen a carry-on bag, it slows down the line. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule will facilitate the checkpoint experience.

Declare larger liquids.
Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces, and they donít have to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. TSA officers may need to open them for additional screening. If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in checked baggage.

Inbound international flights.
You may now carry liquids more than 100 mL in your carry-on bag if:
1. You are traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight;
2. they are in transparent containers;
3. you bought them at a duty-free shop, and
4. the store packed them in a
secure, tamper-evident bag.
If your liquids are not in a secure, tamper-evident bag, you must pack them in your checked bag.

Prohibited Items
For the safety and security of the traveling public, TSA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and/or airlines have prohibited certain items from being brought onto airplanes in carry-on and/or checked bags.

Sharp Objects:
Item Carry-on? Checked?
Box Cutters

Ice Axes/Ice Picks

Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives

Meat Cleavers

Razor-Type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted)

Sabers

Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited
Swords - cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils.
NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO
OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Sporting Goods:
Item Carry-on? Checked?
Baseball Bats

Bows and Arrows

Cricket Bats

Golf Clubs

Hockey Sticks

Lacrosse Sticks

Pool Cues

Skates (including ice skates and roller blades)

Ski Poles

Spear Guns
NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

OK

NO

NO
OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK


Guns & Firearms:
Item Carry-on? Checked?
Ammunition - Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Small arms ammunitions for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply.

BB guns

Compressed Air Guns (to include paintball markers) - Carried in checked luggage without compressed air cylinder attached.

Firearms - firearms carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 - "A loaded firearm means a firearm that has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm."

Flare Guns - May be carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.

Flares

Gun Lighters

Gun Powder including black powder and percussion caps

Parts of Guns and Firearms

Pellet Guns

Realistic Replicas of Firearms

Starter Pistols - can only be carried as checked baggage and MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.
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NO

NO

NO

OK

OK

OK

OK

NOTE: Check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply.

Tools:
Item Carry-on? Checked?
Axes and Hatchets

Cattle Prods

Crowbars

Hammers

Drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills)

Saws (including cordless portable power saws)

Tools (greater than seven inches in length)

Wrenches/Pliers/Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)
NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

OK
OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

Martial Arts & Self Defense Items:
Item Carry-on? Checked?
Billy Clubs

Black Jacks

Brass Knuckles

Kubatons

Self Defense Sprays - One 4 ounce (118ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in Checked Baggage.

Martial Arts Weapons

Night Sticks

Nun chucks

Stun Guns/Shocking Devices

Throwing Stars
NO

NO

NO

NO


NO




NO

NO

NO

NO

NO
OK

OK

OK

OK


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OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items:
Explosive Materials Carry-on? Checked?
Blasting Caps

Dynamite

Fireworks

Flares (in any form)

Hand Grenades

Plastic Explosives

Realistic Replicas of Explosives
NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO
NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Flammable Items Carry-on? Checked?
Aerosol (any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities)

Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel)

Gasoline

Gas Torches

Lighter Fluid

Common Lighters - Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation (DOT) exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case. If you are uncertain as to whether your lighter is prohibited, please leave it at home.

Torch Lighters - Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit) and more intense than those from common lighters. Torch lighters are often used for pipes and cigars, and maintain a consistent stream of air-propelled fire regardless of the angle at which it is held. Torch lighters continue to be banned.

Strike-anywhere Matches - One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.

Flammable Paints (See Other Items below for non-flammable paints)
Turpentine and Paint Thinner

Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries
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NO

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NO
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NO

Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items Carry-on? Checked?
Chlorine for Pools and Spas

Small compressed gas cartridges(Up to 2 in life vests and 2 spares. The spares must accompany the life vests and presented as one unit)

Fire extinguishers and other compressed gas cylinders.

Liquid Bleach

Recreational Oxygen (non-medically required, flavored or canned oxygen containers)

Spillable Batteries - except those in wheelchairs

Spray Paint

Tear Gas - Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN).

Vehicle Airbags
NO

OK


NO

NO

NO


NO

NO


NO

NO
NO

OK


NO

NO

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NO

NO


NO

NO

Other Items:
Item Carry-on? Checked?
Gel-type candles

Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint

Non-flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint.

Snow globes (unless otherwise prohibited)*
NO

NO

Yes - 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller container

OK
OK

NO

OK


OK

*Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized, re-seal able bag, as the passengerís other liquids, such as shampoo, toothpaste and cosmetics.



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