Traveling has become more stressful as the security checkpoints tighten to keep passengers safe. However, you might be pleasantly surprised to find there are things you can bring on a plane to make your trip more enjoyable.
1 – Solid Food (no gels or anything liquid-based)
People with food allergies or picky eaters like having access to their own foods. The great news is, the TSA allows you to bring solid foods like meat, produce (in plastic bags), bread, cereal, pies, cakes, and pizza. Potato chips, cookies and vegetables are also okay. However, gels or liquid foods like ketchup, yogurt, and jelly, are no-go on a plane.
2 – Lighters and Batteries
Surprisingly, lighters are allowed as carryon but with a caveat. You can bring (1) Zippo or Butane lighter, but it must remain in your pocket, purse or carryon bag at all times. You cannot take it out or use it while on the plane.
Small, dry batteries are also okay. Any batteries that may leak fluid or pose a fire hazard are not allowed.
3 – Scissors, Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks, Nail Clippers and Tweezers
If you need to bring a pair of regular-sized scissors, you can pack them in your checked luggage. However, you can also bring a small pair of scissors (less than 4”) in your carryon bag.
Some people find it relaxing to knit or crochet while flying. It is entirely up to the TSA agent, but generally, knitting needles and crochet hooks are allowed on the plane, and you can use them while in the air.
You may also carry nail clippers and tweezers in both carryon and checked luggage.
4 – Disponible and Electric Razors
Obviously, razors pose a problem in the passenger area of a plane, so you cannot bring disposable or electric razors in your carryon. However, you are allowed to check those items in your bags that are stored in the luggage area of the plane.
5 – Hemp-Based CBD Products
As of May 2019, the TSA updated their “What can I bring?” page regarding medical marijuana, allowing some CBD oils and hemp-derived medications. In the words of the TSA, you can carry on and check the following:
“Marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.)”
The TSA does include a disclaimer that their routine field tests cannot distinguish between CBD and THC products. Therefore, the final decision rests with the TSA agent.
Travel laws are ever evolving, so before packing to depart on your trip, always check with TSA for the most updated rules.