6 Weird Things NOT Banned by Security

This part isn’t so weird: The TSA bans fireworks in checked-bags and carry-ons, yet people try to bring rockets and sparklers through security checkpoints all the time. Keep this in mind if traveling during the Fourth of July holiday weekend – fireworks are no-nos.

On the other hand, there’s a pretty expansive of list of weird things not banned by security, and we think some of this stuff will surprise you.

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6 Weird things not banned by security

Much of this information is from the always-informative TSA Blog.

1. Dry ice

Yes, dry ice is allowed as long as you follow these three conditions:

  • Dry ice packages must allow for release of carbon dioxide gas.
  • Weight limit for dry ice (in carry-ons or checked-bags: 5 lbs.
  • Packaging must say “Carbon Dioxide Solid” or “Dry Ice” and include weight.

2. Knitting needles

No knives or a box cutters but knitting needles are OK in carry-ons. So are scissors (with blades under 4 inches), but no circular thread cutters.

3. Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are allowed as long as they are less than 7 inches in length, and the same is true for pliers and wrenches. [This could be useful if a flight attendant asks, “Is there a mechanic onboard?”]

4. This deodorant but not that deodorant

Stick deodorants are no problem no matter how big they are; liquid or gel deodorants are limited to containers of just 3.4 ounces or less.

5. This razor but not that razor

Electric razors are fine at the checkpoint and so are disposable razors (the kind where you dump the cartridge or the entire razor when done). However, safety razors with individual, removable blades must go in a checked-bag.

6. Pie

You can’t bring more than 3.4 ounces of jams and jellies or that regional olive oil or maple syrup or even Grandma’s artichoke dip, but you can bring a pie! Cakes are okay, too.

See more items that are okay (and not okay) at the TSA’s list of prohibited items.


Updated: July 6, 2016