prohibited items on your flight
Asia

One of security changes brought about by the 9/11 tragedy is a new set of rules about carry-on baggage. Many things that used to be OK to bring onboard are now prohibited in aircraft cabins.

How can you be sure your carry-on won’t violate the new rules?

The Transportation Security Administration has prepared a list of prohibited items. Now, when you look at this checklist, you’ll notice some items, like hand grenades and spear guns, that make you say, “Well duh! Who would try to take that on a plane?

But let’s face it, if the government didn’t put it on the banned list, someone, somewhere would try to take it on a plane. In fact, to cover anything it didn’t think of, the TSA adds that, in addition to the items listed here, other items may be deemed a potential threat and also prohibited.

 

This is the list:

Ammunition

 

Gunpowder

 

Portable power saws

 

Automatic weapons

 

Hammers

 

Razor blades

 

Axes

 

Hand Grenades

 

Religious knives

 

Baseball bats

 

Hatchets

 

Replica weapons

 

BB guns

 

Hockey sticks

 

Revolvers

 

Billy clubs

 

Hunting knives

 

Rifles

 

Blackjacks

 

Ice axe/Ice pick

 

Road flares

 

Blasting caps

 

Knives (any length)

SCUBA knives

 

Bows & arrows

 

Kubatons

 

Sabers

 

Box cutters

 

Large, heavy tools

 

Screwdrivers

 

Brass knuckles

 

Mace

 

Shot guns

 

Bull whips

 

Martial arts devices

 

Ski poles

 

Cattle prods

 

Meat cleavers

 

Spear guns

 

Compressed air guns

 

Metal scissors

 

Starter pistols

 

Corkscrews

 

Numchucks (nunchaku)

 

Straight razors

Cricket bats

 

Pellet guns

 

Stun gun/shock devices

 

Crow bars

 

Pen knives

 

Swords

 

Disabling chemicals

 

Pepper spray

 

Tear gas

 

Dynamite

 

Pistols

 

Throwing stars

 

Fire extinguishers

 

Plastic explosives

 

Toy transformer robots

 

Flare pistols

 

Pool cues

 

Golf clubs

 

Portable power drills

 

Toy weapons

 

Gun lighters

The TSA reports that the items most confiscated at airport security checkpoints are all types of scissors, pocketknives, corkscrews and mace. For more information on banned carry-on items and the news rules for checked luggage, visit the Administration’s Web site Here.

What can you take in your carry-on bag these days?

Allowed items include:

Nail clippers & files
Tweezers
Safety razors (including disposable razors)
Eyelash curlers
Knitting needles
Walking canes
Umbrellas

Remember, there are no provisions for returning any item that is taken away from you at a security checkpoint. And anyone trying to bring a banned item through a checkpoint is subject to criminal penalties and a hefty fine.

So if you have any doubts about a specific item, call your airline or travel agent and ask about it before you pack.

 

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