With the 9/11 tragedy, and all stories of shoe and underwear bombers, TSA has continued to tighten carry on, as well as check-in restrictions, and rightly so. Some restricted items have been made more obvious than others. Obviously, sharp items such as box cutters, ice axes, ice picks, straight razors, scissors (metal pointed tips and greater than 4 inches in length), swords and all related objects are strictly prohibited. Sporting goods of significant length that could be used as weapons, such as baseball bats, cricket bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles and spear guns are also not allowed on any flights. Other obvious carry on restrictions include fire arms and ammunitions which including BB guns, paint ball guns, replicas and many other look-a-likes. Other items that could be potentially used as weapons, such as tools greater than 7 inches in length are also restricted to check-in luggage only.
The above items are restricted for obvious reasons and have significantly improved safety and comfort of crew and passengers. However, the following items are also restricted for not so obvious reasons.
- Gel type candles – permitted in your check-in luggage only.
- Gel shoe inserts – these inserts are not permitted, but with built in gel heels are permitted after inspection.
- Non-flammable liquid or gels– 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller in a closed container are allowed. Any greater volume must be checked or discarded.
- Flammable liquid or gels – is not permitted in carry on or checked bags.
- Snow globes – regardless of size or even with documentation are not permitted on carry-on luggage but can be checked.
Before you travel make sure you’re aware of these lesser know restrictions and save yourself the time, hassle, and money! For more great articles related to luggage and travel check Luggage Covers.