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10 Surprising Items Not Allowed In Your Carry-On Luggage | 2019

Have you ever started to pack and asked yourself if the item you’re holding is even allowed? The Transportation Security Administration has a detailed list, but we found 10 Surprising items not allowed in your carry-on luggage. Now, before you take off, don’t forget to search for the best flight prices with our search widget.

Jar of peanut butter

Peanut butter may seem like a safe item since it’s food, but the TSA considers a liquid so you’re restricted to anything less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed. You can still bring in jars, but it’ll have to be less than the allowed limit. You’re better off scooping some peanut butter into a small container instead of bringing a full jar onboard.

Golf clubs

We know that your golf clubs are valuable, and you don’t want to check them, but they’re a banned item. You can try your charm while checking in, but there’s no way to you’ll get your clubs on the flight as carry-on baggage. If you’re worried about damage, invest in a good case for your clubs so you can fly stress-free.

English Christmas Crackers

Surprised to learn that English Christmas crackers made the list of items not allowed in your carry-on luggage? Well, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Christmas crackers create a mild “bang” or “pop” when splitting apart, so it could easily be confused for some kind of explosion. Now you know why this item is better packed in your checked bag.

Snow globes

Snow globes are innocent enough items, but what concerns the TSA is the liquid inside them. Like other liquids, if the snow globe is less than 100 ml, then it is allowed on board. The problem is, you can’t exactly measure how much liquid is in there, so be prepared to give it up if questioned.

Metal detector

You might think that having a metal detector would help speed things up at security, but these items are actually banned. They’re too heavy to be used as a weapon, but the reason they’re not allowed as carry-on baggage is because of their size. They’ll unlikely fit in overhead bins and putting them under your seat probably won’t work either.

Bear Spray

At first glance, a bottle of bear spray less than 100ml should be good to go right? Nope, bear spray is banned by the TSA since it’s considered a weapon and could also damage the health of passengers and the crew if it were sprayed in the cabin. Don’t worry, you won’t need to fend off a bear while in the sky.


We get it, airplane food can be brutal, which is why many people decide to bring their own food on-board. Now if you’ve decided to pack your own meal, unfortunately, you won’t be able to bring a microwave on board to heat up that chili you made.

Medical Marijuana

Although you may have a legal prescription, marijuana is illegal under federal law. As a result, TSA officers will report the infraction to local law enforcement. Oddly enough, TSA officers aren’t actively looking for marijuana or other drugs, but if they do observe it, they’ll need to follow protocol.

Throwing Stars

Throwing stars are considered weapons, but more importantly, they’re classified as sharp objects which is the reason why they are one of the items not allowed in your carry-on bag. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that just about every type of martial arts weapon is banned as carry-on, so leave your training for when you’re on the ground.

Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof

Passengers on international flights arriving in the U.S. are allowed one liter of alcohol, however, there is one exception. Alcohol that is classified over 140 proof (70% alcohol) is prohibited. This is due to the FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4) and also applies to grain alcohol and 151 proof rum.

Despite all these restrictions, the Transportation Security Administration allows you to bring quite a variety of items on board. You can check out the full list of allowed items, as well as prohibited items on their website now.


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