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Airport Security: What is allowed and not allowed in your carry-on baggage?

Guns, knives, hand grenades, alligators, and bottles of water — these things will be confiscated if you try to take them through American airport security. But what currently is allowed in your carry-on luggage?

Since the terrorist attacks of 9-11, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has changed its mind repeatedly on what is and what is not allowed onto a plane. Nail clippers, once taboo, are now okay. But what about foods? Can you take your lunch onto the plane? What about lithium batteries? A camcorder? What about a tube of face moisturizer?

The answer is “Yes,” to some things, and “No,” to others. If you are still unsure, here's a quick checklist of some of the most common items allowed and those disallowed in airport security.

Some items like weapons and explosives are pretty straight forward; a thinking person would not even attempt to take a stick of dynamite, a meat cleaver, or a set of brass knuckles onto a plane. But there are other seemingly innocuous items not permitted through airport security that might surprise you.

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Airport Security: What is allowed and not allowed in your carry-on baggage?


Sheree Zielke
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