TSA Rules for Travel 2020

TSA Rules for Traveling 2020

Flying with a REAL ID – October 2020!

REAL ID starts in less than a year.

Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.

Check for the star.

REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.

For info by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map.

Rules for Alcohol, Guns, Ammunition and others

This is a curated content of different TSA Rules  for 2020 . It is about the rules that must be met in order not to transport dangerous objects in luggage. They are everyday objects and even firearms. There is a check list as a reminder of what should or should not be carried as well as the full list of what can be carried or not in the luggage.

There is also a review on firearms that TSA proceeded to setting in 2019

Travel Checklist. TSA Rules

Before Packing

  •  Liquids, gels and aerosols packed in carry-on must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule:
    • 3.4 ounces or less per container
    • 1 quart size, clear, plastic, zip top bag (all liquids must fit in bag)
    • 1 bag per passenger
  •  Review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage.
  •  If purchasing a baggage lock, be sure to look for those that are TSA recognized.
  •  Tape a card with your name and contact information on your electronics.

When Packing

  •  Pack items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.)
  •  Firearms are only allowed in checked baggage and must be unloaded, placed in a locked, hard-sided container and declared to your airline.
  •  All fireworks contain explosive materials and are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.
  •  Pack large electronics on top layer of carry-on for screening accessibility.
  •  Place your 3-1-1 bag with liquids, gels and aerosols in the front pocket of your carry-on for accessibility.
  •  If traveling with a pet, be sure to bring a leash so carriers can be properly screened.

Before Leaving for the Airport

  •  Give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport early.
  •  Wear easily removable shoes.
  •  Passengers with a disability or medical condition may call ahead to the TSA Cares toll free helpline at (855) 787-2227.

Before Entering the Checkpoint

  •  Eligible passengers look for the TSA Pre® lane for expedited screening at participating airports.
  •  Have your ID and boarding pass out for inspection.

In Standard Screening Lane

  •  Remove the 3-1-1 liquids bag and place it in the bin.
  •  Ensure pockets are empty (keys, tissues, currency, wallets, cell phones, etc.) and remove bulky jewelry (valuable items can be placed in carry-on).
  •  Remove your shoes and place them directly on the X-ray belt.
  •  Remove personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from your carry-on bag and place them into a bin with nothing placed on or under them for X-ray screening. (E.g. laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles.)
  •  Remember to check the bins and collect all belongings after going through screening.

Original Post Check List . TSA.gov

What Can I Bring?

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists below. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. Read about civil penalties for prohibited items.

TSA rules for traveling 2020: For items not listed here, simply snap a picture or send a question to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter. We look forward to answering your questions, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET weekdays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends/holidays.

 The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

Alcoholic Beverages & Other Items

Aerosol Insecticide

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Aerosol insecticides are not allowed in carry-on; however they are allowed in checked bags as long as they are not labeled as hazardous material (HAZMAT).

Air Mattress with Built-in Pump

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Air mattresses with built-in pump are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.

Airbrush Make-up Machine

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Alcoholic beverages

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2019: Alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags. Mini bottles of alcohol in carry-on must be able to comfortably fit into a single quart-sized bag. 

For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol (over 140 proof), including grain alcohol and 151 proof rum. For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Ammunition

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees. Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms. See TSA rules for traveling 2020 for ammunition

When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.

Antlers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Arc Lighters, Plasma Lighters, Electronic Lighters, E-Lighters

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Artificial Skeleton Bones

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Axes and Hatchets

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Flammables

Flammables TSA Rules 2020
Flammables TSA Rules 2020

Arc Lighters, Plasma Lighters, Electronic Lighters, E-Lighters

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Bang Snaps

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Blasting Caps

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Butane

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Chlorine for Pools and Spas

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Cigarettes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Cigars

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

CO2 Cartridge

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

TSA rules for traveling 2020 for CO2 Cartridge:

  • Except for personal medical oxygen cylinders, you can only carry an EMPTY compressed gas cylinder onboard a plane. To be permitted (in either carry-on or checked baggage), it must be clearly visible to the TSA officer that the cylinder is empty.

Disposable and Zippo Lighters

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Disposable and Zippo lighters without fuel are allowed in checked bags. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked bags, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.

Dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Firearms

Firearms TSA Rules 2020
Firearms TSA Rules 2020

Ammunition

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees. Read the guidelinesfor traveling with firearms.

When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.

BB Guns

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Check with your airline to see if they allow firearms in checked bags. Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms.

When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.

Cap Guns

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Compressed Air Guns

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

TSA rules for traveling 2019:  paintball markers, may be carried in checked baggage without compressed air cylinder attached.

Firearms

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Firearms carried in checked bags must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Check with your airline to see if they allow firearms in checked bags. Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms.

When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.

Flare Guns

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Flares

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Gun Lighters

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Gun Powder

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Including black powder and percussion caps.

Holsters

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Food

Food TSA Rules 2020
Food TSA Rules 2020

Alcoholic beverages

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags. 

Mini bottles of alcohol in carry-on must be able to comfortably fit into a single quart-sized bag.

For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol (over 140 proof), including grain alcohol and 151 proof rum. For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Baby Food

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2019: Baby food is allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. Please see traveling with children for more information.

Baby Formula

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk. Please see traveling with children for more information.

Bottled Water

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bread

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible.

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.

Breast Milk

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk. Please see traveling with children for more information.

Candy

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible.

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.

Canned Foods

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

There are some items that are not on the prohibited items list, but because of how they appear on the X-ray, security concerns, or impact of the 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols, they could require additional screening that might result in the item not being allowed through the checkpoint. We suggest that you pack this item in your checked bag, ship it to your destination or leave it at home.

Cereal

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Household & Tools

Household & Tools TSA Rules 2020
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Airbrush Make-up Machine

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Axes and Hatchets

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Baby Powder

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Powder-like substances greater than 12 oz. / 350 mL must be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening. They may require additional screening and containers may need to be opened. For your convenience, we encourage you to place non-essential powders greater than 12 oz. in checked bags.

Blender

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Blenders are allowed in carry-on bags if the blade has been removed. Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Bottle Opener

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Breast Pump

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bug Repellent

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Butane Curling Irons (cordless)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: No

Cordless curling irons containing a gas cartridge and butane fueled curling irons are allowed in carry-on bags only.A safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element. The device must be protected from accidental activation.Gas refills (spare cartridges) are not allowed in either checked or carry-on bags. TSA Rules for Traveling 2019

Cattle Prods

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Cell Phones

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Medical Gear

Medical gear TSA Rules 2020
Medical gear TSA Rules 2020

Blood Sugar Test Kit

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2019:  Please notify the TSA officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin, and insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.

Canes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Please visit our special procedures page for information on traveling through the checkpoint with a cane.

Casts

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Contact Lens Solution

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.

Contact Lenses

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.

Crutches

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

EpiPens

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

 TSA rules for traveling 2019: Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.

External Medical Devices

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2020 for Medical:

  • Inform the TSA officer if you have a bone growth stimulator, spinal stimulator, neurostimulator, port, feeding tube, insulin pump, ostomy or other medical device attached to your body and where it is located before the screening process begins. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition.
  • Submit the device for X-ray screening if you can safely disconnect. Consult with the manufacturer of the device to determine whether it can pass through the X-ray, metal detector or advanced imaging technology for screening.
  • If you cannot disconnect from the device, it may require additional screening and those in sensitive areas are subject to careful and gentle inspection.

Eye Drops

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Inhalers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2020: TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to facilitate the security process.

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Sharp Objets

Sharp objets TSA Rules 2020
Sharp objets TSA Rules 2020

Box Cutters

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Cigar Cutters

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

While cigar cutters are generally permitted, we recommend that you pack them in your checked baggage. TSA officers have the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.

Corkscrews (with blade)

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Crochet Hooks

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Darts

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Disposable Razor

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Ice Axes/Ice Picks

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Kirpans

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils.

Knitting Needles

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Knives

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.

TSA rules for traveling 2020 for all Sharp Objets: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Sporting & Camping

TSA Rules 2020
TSA Rules 2020

Aerosol Insecticide

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Aerosol insecticides are not allowed in carry-on; however they are allowed in checked bags as long as they are not labeled as hazardous material (HAZMAT).

Air Mattress with Built-in Pump

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Air mattresses with built-in pump are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.

Antlers

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2019: You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Baseball Bats

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2019: Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage.

Basketballs/Baseballs/Footballs/Soccer Balls

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bear Bangers

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Bear spray

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Bicycle Chains

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bicycle Pumps

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2020: Bicycles

  • Carry On Bags: Check with Airline
  • Checked Bags: Check with Airline

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Miscellaneous

TSA Rules 2020
TSA Rules 2020

Artificial Skeleton Bones

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Baby Carrier

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

TSA rules for traveling 2020: You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. 

Baby Wipes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Balloons (not inflated)

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Belts, Clothes and Shoes

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

 To help TSA officers get a clear look at your bag and reduce the need for additional screening, we suggest you pack your bag in neat layers.

Billy Clubs
  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Binoculars

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Black Jacks (Self-Defense Weapons)

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Blankets

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Bobby Pins

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

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TSA: 4239 Firearm Discoveries in 2018

It has been a milestone year for TSA as 2018 was marked by a record number of travelers and significant security enhancements. A total 813.8 million (813,791,287) passengers and crew members passed through TSA screening, with record-breaking screening numbers during the spring, Thanksgiving and summer travel periods. That’s over 2 million travelers a day and a 5.5 percent increase compared to 2017. These efforts are a testament to the coordination and collaboration between our industry partners and the hardworking men and women of TSA.

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firearms infographic TSA rules 2020

One of TSA’s significant accomplishments in 2018 was our work – in partnership with airports, airlines, and international partners – to complete the rollout of stronger carry-on screening procedures. Even more noteworthy was the signing of H.R. 302, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes the TSA Modernization Act, that marked the first ever reauthorization of TSA since the agency’s founding in 2001.

The Reauthorization act Empowers TSA

To expand field operations and testing of advanced screening technologies, increase use of canine resources and enhance public area security. In addition, TSA released both its first ever Cybersecurity Roadmap that improves protections against cyberattacks on our transportation system and the Biometrics Roadmap, which will enable testing of new technology at airports.

In coordination with our industry partners, we reached a significant milestone with the Known Crewmember® (KCM) program, clearing over 100 million crewmembers since its inception in 2011.

2018 Year firearms infographic TSA rules for traveling 2019
TSA Rules 2020

Throughout the year, TSA officers demonstrated great professionalism, dedication, integrity and remained committed to the mission to secure you – the traveling public. Thanks to their vigilance and skills,

TSA officers intercepted

a record number of firearms in 2018.

  • A record setting 4,239 total firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging 81.6 firearms per week. That’s an average of 11.6 firearms per day.
  • 3,656 (86.15 percent) of the total firearms discovered were loaded – another record.
  • 1,432 (33.74 percent) of the total firearms discovered had a round chambered.
  • The most firearms discovered in one month – a record setting 32 – were discovered in August at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • Firearms were intercepted at 249 of the 440 federalized airports.
  • That’s more than a 7 percent (282 more) increase in firearm discoveries from 2017’s total of 3,957.
Discovered firearms TSA rules 2020
TSA Rules 2020

TSA rules for traveling 2020: Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,333 per violation, per person for prohibited items violations and violations of other TSA rules. Repeat violations will result in higher penalties. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. Some airlines’ policies may differ from TSA’s.

We strongly suggest travelers contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms. If you plan to travel with your firearm, make sure you know the rules for packing it in your checked baggage.

Read the complete post Record Setting 2018 in TSA.Gov

TSA rules for traveling 2020: Firearms and Ammunition      

You may transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted. Be aware that the container the firearm was in when purchased may not adequately secure the firearm when it is transported in checked baggage.

Contact the TSA Contact Center with questions you have regarding TSA firearm regulations and for clarification on what you may or may not transport in your carry-on or checked baggage.

TSA Rules: Firearms

  • When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
  • If you are traveling internationally with a firearm in checked baggage, please check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information and requirements prior to travel.
  • Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock unless TSA personnel request the key to open the firearm container to ensure compliance with TSA rules You may use any brand or type of lock to secure your firearm case, including TSA-recognized locks.
  • Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
  • Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
  • Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.

United States Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 44:

firearm definitions includes: any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; and any destructive device. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm.

TSA Rules 2020: Ammunition

  • Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
  • Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm. TSA rules for traveling 2020: Read the requirements governing the transport of ammunition in checked baggage as defined by 49 CFR 175.10 (a)(8).
  • Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm.

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