You’d be surprised at what you can take on an airplane! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website is a wealth of useful information, from travel tips to frequently asked questions. Follow their blog for the “TSA Week in Review” as well as all things TSA related.
- No kidding! You can bring your own alcohol with you through security and on the plane. But how much is too much? The answer is in the 3-1-1 rule. This means you can take liquids—any liquids—in the amount of 3.4 oz. (100 ml), which fit in 1 bottle, inside a 1-quart bag (per person). In fact, you can pretty much carry on any edible liquid or beauty product, as long as it meets the 3-1-1 rule. If you enjoy a cocktail before or in-flight, save your money and go to your local liquor store beforehand and buy a few of those tiny bottles for the road.
- Disposable razors. Safety razors are a no-no (the blades can too easily be removed), but disposable are good to go!
- Ice skates and rollerblades. Believe it or not, you can bring your skates. The TSA prohibits items that can be used as a bat or bludgeon.
- Screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers. As long as they are less than 7 inches in length, they are permitted.
- Cigarette lighters. According to the TSA, “Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.”
- Safety matches. One book of matches (non-strike anywhere) are acceptable, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.
- Non-flammable liquid, gel or aerosol. The same rule for liquor applies here: 3-1-1 rule.
If you’re unsure whether or not you can carry on items, check the website for the definitive answer or put it in your checked bag. Most hotels offer the basic items you would need, such as a razor or toiletries. As always, “the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”