Whether you’re headed out on a honeymoon or just taking that long-overdue vacation, chances are that you’ll need to board an airplane to get there. Unless you are lucky enough to live in Florida, California, or another warm-weather state, traveling by plane is the only way to get to where you want to be. This means that you’ll need to bring everything with you on the plane that you’ll need for your vacation, and every item is subject to the regulations of the FAA and TSA. This means that there are certain things you can’t bring at all, and others that are regulated in terms of quantity and how you bring it along.
The good news is that most of the things you can’t take on a plane are things that you wouldn’t be bringing in the first place. However, there are occasions where you may overlook something or be completely unaware that an item is either banned or regulated, so knowing the rules can prove to be very valuable here are a few of the more common items that many people try to bring on a plane and end up getting in trouble; or at least a stern warning before they confiscate the items.
Any Type of Weapon
Though it should seem like common sense at this point, you’d be surprised how many people get busted trying to bring a pocket knife through airport security. Most of the time it ends up being a person that forgot to remove their small knife from a keychain, but other times it’s just blatant deception where someone is trying to get something where it shouldn’t be. To be clear, you can’t bring knives razors, firearms, or any other classic type of weapon on an airplane under any circumstances; unless of course, you are an Air Marshal.
There was once an unfortunate time when you couldn’t even bring a regular cigarette lighter along with you on a plane, but fortunately, many of the laws and restrictions have loosened in recent years as prescreening tactics have been able to see advancement. However, there are still plenty of flammable objects that are not allowed on airplanes. These items include obvious things like fireworks, sparklers, and gun ammunition, and most people are smart enough to leave these things at home. Occasionally, people try to sneak sparklers onto the plane, and usually, it is very short ones that are easy to conceal. Though they almost always claim they didn’t know any better, the fact that you never see people bringing 36-inch sparklers along and only small ones that fit in a bag tells the true story.
Much like flammable objects, taking fluids along has become a little easier. You can now pack as many liquid items as you like in your checked luggage (subject to weight fees) and carry up to 3 different liquid items in your carry-on bag. The new rule is “3-1-1” which means 3 containers, 1 ounce of liquid each, and all of them stored in a 1-quart transparent bag. If you follow all those rules, you can easily take along liquids in your carry-on baggage.