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From wrapped gifts to popular toys that won't make it through security screenings, learn what you can do to pack smarter this holiday season. 

Wrapped gifts

While they are not prohibited, it may be necessary to unwrap your gifts or presents, whether in carry-on or checked baggage if the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is unable to clear the items by X-ray or other standard screening. To ensure that your gifts only need to be wrapped once, wait until you arrive at your destination to bust out the paper, ribbon and bows.


Fireworks can add a little extra flair to your holidays, especially around the New Year. As for bringing them on a plane… don't even think about it. Firecrackers, signal flares and sparklers are not allowed — as carry-on or checked baggage — at any time.

Lithium battery-powered devices (including hoverboards and e-cigarettes)

Children near and far are hoping to unwrap the hottest holiday item this year: hoverboards... but now they are banned on all Delta aircraft out of safety considerations.

Passengers need to think twice about the batteries powering these and other electronic devices before bringing them to the airport.

A recent study found that each passenger carries an average of five lithium batteries on board. If you’re hoping to deliver a little holiday cheer in the form of electronics, please check the battery size.

Tips for properly transporting lithium batteries:

  • 160 watt hours per battery max for electronics in checked or carry-on baggage.
  • Consumer electronics and medical devices containing lithium cells or batteries (e.g. watches, calculators, cameras, cell phones, laptops, camcorders, hearing aids, etc.) less than the 160 watt hour limit are allowed on board in your carry-on.
  • Pack spare batteries in carry-on baggage. Each passenger is allowed no more than two (2) spares between 100 and 160 watt hours.
  • Keep spare batteries in the original retail packaging. If not available, effectively insulate battery terminals by isolating spare batteries from contact with other batteries and/or metal.
  • Take steps to prevent crushing, puncturing or putting a high degree of pressure on the battery.

Battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g. e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems, etc.) are also strictly prohibited in checked baggage. Learn about these and other surprising items restricted on flights

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