TSA Rule Checklist

Mar 05, 2023 ByClaire Miles

Packing for a trip may be a difficult task. You want to simplify your belongings so that you can travel light, but you also don’t want to be so bare-bones that you end yourself shopping for the necessities you neglected while you should be relaxing. Maximizing your carry-on luggage limit is a great approach to guarantee you’re packing light without sacrificing essentials, but you’ll want to make sure you’re bringing stuff that won’t hold you up at the TSA screening checkpoint. Carry-on luggage comes in various shapes and sizes, but it must meet your airline’s size requirements. In actuality, carry-on allowance is regulated by individual airlines rather than the TSA.

The dimensions are 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches, including the wheels and handles. To avoid checked baggage costs, you may frequently fly with only a carry-on bag. These are amongst the essential items you may safely bring in your hand luggage. Alcoholic beverages are allowed in carry-on bags if they weigh less than or equal 3.4 ounces. In acceptable quantities, baby food, baby formula, breast milk, and juice are all permitted. Remove the formula, breast milk, and juice from your bag and screen them individually. Cooked meat, fish, vegetables, and other prepared meals and dishes are acceptable if the liquid restriction of 3.4 ounces is not exceeded.

Young girl placed her hand luggage into the compartment on the plane.

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There are apparent no-fly items, like guns, full water bottles, and forbidden goods, that may surprise you. Carry-on luggage is not permitted for some heavy athletic items and equipment, such as golf clubs or hockey sticks. Basketballs, soccer balls, and other minor athletic products, on the other hand, are usually authorized. Self-defense equipment, including ammunition, is prohibited in carry-on luggage and checked luggage in certain situations. Most martial arts equipment, pepper sprays, guns, chef’s utensils, corkscrews, and other sharp things are prohibited.