Here Are 15 Very Random Items You Cannot Take On A Plane

By Kelsey Marie


When packing for a trip, whether domestic or international, we know the basics of what is and isn’t allowed through security. We make sure to pack our liquid and gel products in containers less than 3.4 ounces and anything bigger goes straight into our checked luggage.

There are, however, items prohibited on the aircraft by TSA that would shock even the most seasoned traveler.

The “What Can I Bring?” page of the TSA website has a very random list of banned carry-on items that is sure to interest you.

Here is a list of random items that you probably had no idea you couldn’t bring on a plane.

Ski Poles

Going skiing? You should be aware that you won’t be able to travel by plane with your own ski equipment as a carry-on item. If you must bring them with you, check them in.

Gel-Type Candles

Gel-type candles always should be packed in your checked luggage. The only type of candles allowed in your carry-on is solid wax candles.

Magic 8 Balls

According to TSA, “For carry-on bags: we asked the Magic 8 Ball and it told us…outlook not so good! For checked bags: we asked the Magic 8 Ball and it told us…it is certain!”

In other words, you cannot take a Magic 8 Ball on the plane, but you can put it in your checked luggage.

Cooking Spray

Cooking spray is highly flammable, making it prohibited all around.

Gel Heating Pads

You are allowed to travel with electric heating pads in your carry-on bag but the gel variety is not allowed.

All liquid and gels are prohibited from carry-ons unless they’re in containers of 3.4 ounces or less.

Flammable Paints

For obvious reasons, flammable paints are strictly prohibited from both checked and carry-on luggage.

Medium To Large Snowglobes

The TSA states that “snowglobes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces of liquid (approximately tennis ball size) can be packed in your carry-on bag ONLY if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit into your one quart-sized, resealable plastic bag.”

Large snowglobes are allowed in checked bags.

Canoe And Kayak Paddles

For the adventurous travelers, you are not allowed to carry canoe and kayak paddles on the plane but you can check them in.

Pool Cues

Since pool cues can technically be used as a weapon, they are banned from being on planes. Instead, check them in.


Sharp objects are not allowed on the plane. Make sure to always check darts.

Cast-Iron Pots

If you’re heading to a housewarming via plane, you may want to think twice before taking cast-iron cookware as a gift.

The TSA prohibits cast-iron pots from carry-on luggage.

Fencing Foils

The TSA strictly prohibits passengers from carrying “cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils. Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.”


Fertilizer presents the risks of explosion and is therefore prohibited from being taken into planes and in checked baggage.

Foam Toy Swords

These toys may be kid-friendly but they are certainly not TSA-friendly. Although you can check them in, they are banned from carry-ons because they’re considered to be realistic replicas of weapons.

Bowling Pins

According to the TSA website, “sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane.”

Interestingly enough, bowling balls are allowed as carry-ons.

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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