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Later in this email, find out some interesting items you are and are not allowed to take in your carry-on luggage.

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💵 10 Items Allowed and Not Allowed in Your Carry-On Luggage

If you’re boarding an airplane, you know the drill by now. You can’t carry huge bottles of liquid through airport security. And you can’t carry serious weapons on the plane with you.

But the list of acceptable and unacceptable items is interesting.

The Transportation Security Administration keeps a list on its website of items allowed in your carry-on and checked luggage, including details where specific instructions are necessary.

“In practice it’s often the TSA agent in your security line who makes the call about a particular item,” wrote Andrea Romano for Travel + Leisure.

For example, fresh meat and seafood must be “completely frozen” at the time of your TSA screening.

Here are items that are allowed in your carry-on luggage, sometimes with restrictions (or up for the decision of individual airlines):

  • Antlers

  • Fresh eggs

  • Handcuffs

  • Live fish and live lobster (airline-by-airline decision)

  • Medical marijuana (if it meets certain conditions)

  • Microwave (airline-by-airline decision)

  • Night vision goggles

  • Rocks

  • Scissors (if less than 4 inches from the pivot point)

  • Shock collars

Here are some items not allowed in your carry-on:

  • Alcoholic drinks that are 140 proof+ (70%+ alcohol)

  • Bear spray

  • Billy clubs

  • Dynamite

  • Hand grenades

  • Honey

  • Magic 8 ball

  • Olive oil

  • Rocket launcher

  • Yogurt

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