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You probably know fireworks are a no-no on board an aircraft. But e-cigarettes? Ski poles? Pre-packaged meals for the military?

In addition to items that are prohibited on flights by federal law, others are banned by the airline itself, or restricted to carry-on or checked bags.

Some might surprise you.

Check here before you try to check it in your luggage, and remember, this is not a comprehensive list. Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for the most current list of what can and cannot be transported on passenger aircraft.

Lithium battery-powered devices: Lithium batteries installed in a personal electronic device can be transported as checked or carry-on baggage. The limits on these batteries are 160 watt hours per battery. Two spares are allowed as carry-on only, and must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. 

  • E-cigarettes: There aren’t any TSA rules regarding vaping, but the use of battery-powered, portable, electronic smoking devices (e.g. e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, etc.) are strictly prohibited in checked baggage, where they can become overheated. These devices are only allowed in carry-on baggage.
  • Hoverboards: The hottest holiday toy is now banned on all Delta aircraft out of safety considerations. Poorly labeled, powerful lithium ion batteries are the problem. 

Matches and lighters: All matches are banned from checked baggage, and strike-anywhere matches are completely banned, but you are allowed to have a single book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches with you in the passenger cabin.

Fueled lighters are prohibited in checked baggage, but up to two fueled lighters are permitted in carry-on baggage if they are properly enclosed in a U.S. Department of Transportation approved case.

Ski poles: Most sporting equipment is forbidden in the cabin, excluding ice skates and rollerblades. Baseball bats, bows and arrows, cricket bats, hockey and lacrosse sticks, ski poles, golf clubs, pool cues and spear guns must all be transported in checked luggage.

Too many bottles of your favorite eau de parfum: Personal care items, such as perfume, cologne and hairspray, are allowed in checked baggage, as long as each item is less than 16 ounces and there are less than 70 ounces total.

For carry-on baggage, the typical TSA rules apply. All liquids must be in bottles of less than 3.4 ounces and placed inside a quart-size zip-top bag. One bag is allowed per person.

MREs (Meals Ready to Eat): Many of these pre-packaged meals designed for the military are prohibited in both checked and carry-on baggage, due to the rapid rise in temperature and the fact they can become hot enough to cause serious burns if mishandled during turbulence.

Mercury barometer or thermometer: These are permitted as carry-on only if they are carried by a government weather bureau representative or similar agency official.

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