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7 Things NOT to Pack in Your Carry-on ...

By Jennifer

If you’re travelling this summer by plane, there are some things you need to know — you need to be at the airport two hours before your flight leaves, most airlines are changing for even the first bag you check, and there are a lot of things you’re not going to be able to bring in your carry-on. Some of the forbidden items are obvious, like machetes, fireworks, pocketknives, and handguns, but some are items you might carry with you in your purse! Not sure what you can pack in your carry-on? Here’s a list of the no-no’s…

1 Scissors

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Not that you really need to carry a pair of scissors with you on a flight, but some first-aid and nail trimming kits contain small pairs. Make sure you don’t have any of these.

2 Bottled Water

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While it’s okay to buy a bottle of water once you’re checked past security, you’re not allowed to bring a bottle of water with you through the security checkpoint. It doesn’t matter if the bottle is brand ne and sealed, they’ll make you throw it away before they’ll let you through.


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3 Gel Shoe Inserts

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If you’re wearing shoes with those comfortable gel inserts, take them out and leave them at home, because they’re contraband! If you are wearing them, or are carrying a pair of shoes in your carry-on that has them, the TSA agent will ask you to throw them away.

4 Tweezers or Nail Clippers

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Along with scissors, most TSA agents won’t allow you to bring tweezers or nail clippers on a plane in your carry-on. You can pack them in your suitcase, but you can’t go through security with them in your purse or carry-on.

5 Razor

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While the idea of fuzzy legs and underarms ought to make the TSA think twice about this one, I can see their reasoning in not allowing you to bring a razor in your carry-on. Either buy disposable ones once you reach your destination, or pack your razor in your suitcase instead.

6 Matches or Lighter

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Again, I can absolutely see the logic in not allowing passengers to bring lighters or matches on an airplane, but some of us have these in our bags and forget about them. Before you leave for the airport, clean out your handbag and carry-on and make sure you don’t have these!

7 Liquid or Gel, More than 3 Ounces

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There are some things we always want to pack in our handbags and carry-ons, like toothpaste, nail polish, hair gel, mouthwash, lipstick, and deodorant. You can still pack these, but they have to be stored in a clear plastic baggie, and none of the bottles or tubes can be larger than 3 ounces (100 ml). If you try to bring them through security, the TSA agent will ask you to throw them away.

Do any of these items surprise you? I know I was a little surprised by the tweezers… but who needs to pluck their eyebrows on a plane anyway? For a full list of items you shouldn’t pack in your carry-on, visit Do you know of anything else you shouldn’t pack in your carry-on? Please let me know!

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