TSA: No Spear Guns in Carry-On Baggage, Please

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While I was checking to make sure that toner cartridges and snow globes are still banned from airplanes (they are), I noticed that there are lots of other things that are also not allowed in your carry-on bags. In fact, the TSA has a pretty comprehensive Prohibited Items List, although why they bother to enumerate so many things is not clear given that the list is "not intended to be all-inclusive" and officers still "may determine that an item not on the Prohibited Items List is prohibited." Hey guys, would it be easier for you to just make a short list of what we can bring? Please advise.

Here is a selection of items that are Officially Prohibited, which I offer as a public service just in case you are unsure whether any of these things can go in your carry-on:

  • Box cutters
  • Meat cleavers
  • Ice axes
  • Sabers
  • Cricket bats
  • Spear guns
  • Cattle prods
  • Throwing stars
  • Cordless portable power saws
  • "Tools greater than seven inches in length" (ahem)
  • Dynamite
  • Hand grenades
  • Plastic explosives
  • Vehicle airbags

I guess you'll have to find another way to get your vehicle airbags to your destination. Like possibly driving the vehicle there.

Good news, though: you can bring a parachute.