Traveling With Special Items

Airlines have seen it all. They have seen passengers transport every type of item – from tubas to scuba gear, parachutes to perishables - and they have rules in place for each and
every piece. Following those rules is critical if you want to board smoothly and arrive at
your destination on time.

To help you travel better with the possessions you simply must have at your destination,
here are some helpful guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
for transporting special items by airlines.
Please note that some airlines and other countries may have additional rules and restrictions on these particular items, so before you travel, check with your travel agent to obtain the most up-to-date information. Your travel agent can verify your airline's policies before you arrive at the airport, so you don't waste time trying to track down the info yourself.


Alcoholic Beverages
You cannot take alcoholic beverages with more than 70 percent alcohol content (140 proof), which includes grain alcohol and high-proof rums like Bacardi 151, in your carryon or checked luggage.
As for alcohol under 70 percent, you may take up to five liters per person in your checked luggage if it's packaged in a sealable bottle or flask.

Camping Equipment
Camp Stoves - You can bring these as carry-on or checked luggage only if they are empty of all fuel and cleaned so that there are no vapors or residue left - simply emptying the fuel container will leave flammable vapors, so cleaning is essential. Safest bet: ship the fuel containers to your destination ahead of time - passengers frequently have to leave them at the checkpoint because of fuel vapors.
Gasoline - You cannot bring any flammable liquids, including gasoline, in either your carry-on or checked luggage.
Aerosol insecticides - Hazardous aerosols, such as insecticides, cannot be transported in either your carry-on or checked luggage. Personal items like hair sprays and deodorants are allowed only in limited quantities.
Flares - You may not bring flare guns in either your carry-on or checked luggage. Knives  nd Tools - Pack knives and tools in your checked luggage. Sheath or securely wrap any sharp edges so that they do not injure baggage handlers and security officers.
Animal Repellants - You can bring chemical repellants in your checked luggage if t he volume is less than four ounces and its active ingredient is less than two percent (most
bear repellants exceed these limitations). Safest bet: buy these items at your destination
and leave them behind when your trip is over.
Compressed Gas Cylinders - Compressed gas cylinders are allowed in checked baggage
or as a carry-on only if the regulator valve is completely disconnected and the cylinder is
no longer sealed (i.e. the cylinder has an open end). The cylinder must have an opening to
allow for an internal visual inspection, and security personnel will not remove the seal or
regulator at the checkpoint.
If the cylinder is sealed (i.e. the regulator valve is still attached), the cylinder is prohibited
and not permitted through the security checkpoint, regardless of the reading on the
pressure gauge indicator.

Crematory Containers and Deceased Remains
You are allowed to carry-on a crematory container, but it must pass through the x-ray
machine. If the container is made of a material that prevents the screener from clearly
viewing what is inside, then the container will not be allowed through.
Crematory containers are made from many different types of materials, so it's difficult to
state for certain whether your particular crematory container can successfully pass
through an x-ray machine. Just in case, purchase a temporary or permanent crematory
container made of a lighter weight material such as wood or plastic that can be
successfully x-rayed.
You may transport the urn as checked baggage provided that it is successfully screened.
TSA will screen the urn for explosive materials/devices using a variety of techniques; if
cleared, it will be permitted as checked baggage only. Out of respect for the deceased, the creener may not open the container under any circumstance.
Some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage so please check with
your travel agent before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked

Currency, Coins, Precious Metals, or Valuable Jewelry
If you are carrying valuable items such as large amounts of currency, coins or jewelry,
ask the security officer to screen you and your carry-on luggage in private. This will
maintain your security and avoid public scrutiny. Ask to speak with a screening upervisor before you reach the metal detectors and tell them you would prefer to be
screened in a private location.

Firearms & Ammunition
You may only transport firearms, ammunition and firearm parts in your checked
baggage; these items are prohibited from carry-on baggage. When transporting firearms,
firearm parts or ammunition in checked baggage, you must declare them to airline
personnel during the ticket counter check-in process. The firearm must be unloaded and
in a locked, hard-sided container.
You should remain present during the screening and provide the key or combination to
the security officer if he or she needs to open the container. If you are not present, and the
security officer must open the container, the airline will make a reasonable attempt to
contact you; if they cannot, the container will not be placed on the plane.
You must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
You cannot use firearm magazines/clips for packing ammunition unless they completely
and securely enclose the ammunition (e.g., by securely covering the exposed portions of
the magazine or by securely placing the magazine in a pouch, holder, holster or lanyard).
You may carry ammunition in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as you
pack it as described above. Finally, you cannot bring black powder or percussion caps
used with black-powder type firearms in either your carry-on or checked baggage.

Hunting & Fishing Equipment
Hunting Knives, Spear Guns, Bow and Arrows - All are prohibited from carry-on
luggage and should be packed in checked luggage. All sharp objects should be sheathed
or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.
Fishing Rods/Poles - Fishing rods are permitted as carry-on and checked baggage. But
before you travel, check with your air carrier to confirm that it fits within its size
limitations for carry-on items.
Tackle Equipment - Fishing equipment should be placed in your checked baggage, for
some tackle can be considered sharp and dangerous. Expensive reels or fragile tackle
(such as flies) can be packed in your carry-on baggage.

Knitting Needles, Needlepoint & Sewing
Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage. However,
security officers have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and
may not allow these items to pass through security. To avoid this from happening, bring
circular knitting needles made of bamboo or plastic and blunt scissors. In any event, be
sure to carry a crochet hook with yarn to save the work you have already done in case
your knitting tools are surrendered at the checkpoint
Most of the items needed to pursue a needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on
baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter
with a blade contained inside. These items must go in your checked baggage.

Lighters, Matches and Zippos
You cannot bring lighters (fueled or without fuel) in carry-on luggage or while going
through the security checkpoint, but you may bring up to four books of safety (non-strike
anywhere) matches in your carry-on baggage or on your person. For safety reasons, you
may not bring "strike anywhere" matches at all.
You may take up to two fueled Zippo lighters in your checked baggage if they are
properly enclosed in a DOT approved case. You can bring unlimited quantities of
unfueled lighters in your checked baggage. If you are uncertain as to whether your lighter
is prohibited, please refrain from bringing it to the airport.

Musical Instruments
You may bring musical instruments as carry-on or as checked baggage, but first check
with your airline prior to your flight to ensure your instrument meets the size
requirements for their aircraft. Security officers must x-ray or physically screen your
instrument before it can be transported on an aircraft.
As for specific instruments, pack brass instruments in your checked baggage and stringed
instruments as carry-on items, if they are within carrier size limitations.
If you have an instrument in your checked baggage, include short instructions (very clear
and understandable to someone with no musical background) for handling and repacking
your instrument. Make sure these instructions are easy to find on or near your instrument. Per TSA Screening Policy, you may carry one musical instrument in addition to your one
carry-on and one personal item through the screening checkpoint. Individual airlines may or may not allow the additional carry-on item on their aircraft, so check before you arrive
at the airport.

You may bring skydiving rigs with and without Automatic Activation Devices (AAD) as
carry-on or checked luggage. Typically, a rig will move through the checked luggage or
carry-on security screening process without needing physical inspection. However,
security officers have a duty to thoroughly inspect any item that raises suspicion. If
security officers determine that they need to open a rig to inspect it, you must be present
and will be allowed to assist. For this reason, skydivers should add at least 30 minutes to
the airline's recommended arrival window when they are traveling with their parachutes.
When checking the parachute in as luggage, pack the rig separately without any other
items in the bag. Additional items, if suspicious, could trigger an inspection of the entire
bag. Parachute owners may help security officers unpack and repack the rig.

Scuba Equipment
You may bring regulators, buoyancy compensators and masks, snorkels and fins as carryImpress on or checked baggage.
Knives and spear guns are prohibited from carry-on luggage and should be packed in
checked luggage. Sheath or securely wrap any sharp objects you pack in your checked
luggage to prevent them from injuring baggage handlers and security officers.
Sporting Equipment
Certain sporting equipment cannot be brought on-board an aircraft, but they may be
transported to your destination in your checked baggage. These items include: baseball
bats, cricket bats, hockey sticks, martial arts devices, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles and
ice skates. Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped
to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security officers.

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