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Airline Regulations

Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1

TSA and our security partners conducted extensive explosives testing since August 10, 2006 and determined that liquids, aerosols and gels, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. The one bag limit per traveler limits the total amount each traveler can bring. Consolidating the bottles into one bag and X-raying them separately from the carry-on bag enables security officers to quickly clear the items.

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers and in a one-quart, zip-top bag.
At the checkpoint travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

In addition, larger amounts of prescription liquid medications, baby formula and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening.

In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols numerous other potentially dangerous items are not permitted in carry-on baggage.

What You Can Now Carry Onto a US Commercial Planes

Makeup & Personal Items Aerosol spray bottles and cans. Less than 3 oz.
All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.- Less than 3 oz.
Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers. Less than 3 oz.
Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents. Less than 3 oz.
Cigar Cutters
Cuticle Cutters
Deodorants made of gel or aerosol. Less than 3 oz.
Eye drops - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag.
Eyeglass Repair Tools - including screwdrivers.
Eyelash Curlers
Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics - Gel-filled bras may be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.
Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol. Less than 3 oz.
Hair Straightener or Detangler. Less than 3 oz.
Knitting and Crochet Needles.
Plastic or round bladed butter knives.
Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex Less than 3 oz.
Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips. Less than 3 oz.
Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled. Less than 3 oz.
Liquid foundations. Less than 3 oz.
Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes. Less than 3 oz.
Liquid sanitizers. Less than 3 oz.
Liquid soaps. Less than 3 oz.
Liquid mascara. Less than 3 oz.
Make up removers or facial cleansers. Less than 3 oz.
Mouthwash. Less than 3 oz.
Nail Clippers.
Nail Files.
Nail polish and removers . Less than 3 oz.
Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.
Personal lubricants - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag.
Safety Razors - including disposable razors.
Saline solution - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag.
Scissors - plastic or metal with blunt tips.
Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length.
Shampoos and conditioners. Less than 3 oz.
Toothpaste. Less than 3 oz.
Toy Transformer Robots
Toy Weapons - if not realistic replicas.
Walking Canes

NOTE: Some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. The FAA regulates hazardous materials. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov.

Medication & Special Needs Devices Medications must be properly labeled with a professionally printed label identifying the medication and manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label. The prescription medicine must match the name on the passenger's ticket.
All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening.
For more information on what to expect during security screening, you may want to visit our section written for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions.

Electronic Devices Camcorders
Camera Equipment
Laptop Computers
Mobile Phones
Personal Data Assistants (PDA's)

Sharp Objects Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches

Tools Tools (seven inches or less in length)
Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)
Wrenches and Pliers (seven inches or less in length)

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.

Food and Drinks Beverages purchased after security screening
Baby formula and food, breast milk and other baby items - These are allowed in your baggage or personal items. You can take these through the security checkpoints and aboard your plane. However, you must be traveling with a baby or toddler.
Gel shoe inserts - Gel shoe inserts are not permitted, but shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened.

As Airlines Regulations constantly change, we ask that you the information above as a reference but to check TSA's website for the most current information.