Airline Travel Safety Restrictions
The air traveler plays a very important role in aviation safety. Most airlines restrict carry-on baggage to two pieces per passenger. Carry-on bags must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins.
Some hazardous materials are restricted. They can be dangerous if carried (or checked) on an aircraft. Following is a partial list of common articles from the home, workplace, or garage, which, because of their physical or chemical properties, can pose a danger when transported.
- Mace, tear gas, and other irritants
- Aerosols containing flammable material (hair spray, deodorant, repellents)
- Loaded firearms
- Loose ammunition
- Gasoline and other flammable materials
- Propane, butane cylinders or refills, and lighter refills
- Wet-type batteries, as in cars
- Fireworks and flares
- Safety or "strike-anywhere" matches (in checked baggage)
- Paint and paint-related materials (thinners and cleaners)
- Corrosive (acids), poisonous, infectious, and radioactive materials
The above list is not all-inclusive. There are certain exceptions for personal care, medical needs, and equipment to support physically challenged passengers. There are also provisions for sporting equipment. When in doubt, check with your airline.
Other than the above, the following guidelines must be followed for flights to or from the US :
All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow security officers to easily examine the declared items.