Hand Luggage Restrictions at U.S. Airports
Traveling should be exciting as you are on your way to have fun at your destination. However, there are many items you need to decide whether pack or leave at home. What’s worse is that there are a bunch of restrictions to your luggage which vary from countries and airlines.
There are long lists of restrictions to both carry-on and checked luggage, thus it’s unlikely for anyone of us to remember every detail on what should be checked and what is prohibited. Therefore, a basic guide to hand luggage restrictions at airports is needed.
What You Need to Know about Personal Items and Carry-Ons
Most but not all airlines allow you to take two pieces of luggage on board — your Personal Item and Carry-On. And there are strict rules for both size and weight of your personal item bag and carry-on.
Usually, different airlines have different requirements. For American Airlines, your personal item’s dimensions should not exceed 18×14×8 inches (45×35×20 cm). Basic Economy customers traveling with the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean are only allowed 1 personal item. All other bags must be checked. While, carry-on shouldn’t exceed 22×14×9in (56×36×23 cm) including handles and wheels. The basic rules for personal items and carry-on are that they should fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. If it’s too big, it will have to be checked.
For different U.S. airlines’ requirement for Carry-On size, you can know more on Airline Checked & Carry-On Baggage Size Chart 2018.
Are Portable Chargers Allowed on Planes?
Yes, portable chargers are allowed on planes. There are a few restrictions you must keep in mind. First, the portable charger must be brought in your carry-on. Second, it must be under a certain size.
You are allowed a portable charger that's rated up to 100 watt-hours. Anything over that and you need permission from the airline. To calculate Watt Hours in power banks take the Milliamp Hours divided by 1000 and multiply by Voltage [(mAh)/1000 x (V) = (Wh)]. For example, if you have a 10,000mAh portable charger you want to bring on a plane: 10,000mAh/1000 x 3.7V = 37 Wh
Luckily, at Zendure we make it easy for you and print the Wh right on your portable charger or power bank. Just show airport security the Wh if there is any doubt.
What Not Allowed to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag
The contents of all baggage are subject to rules and regulations enforced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), but carry-on luggage has to meet more stringent restrictions. Here is a list of what you shouldn’t pack in your carry-on bag.
- Liquids over 3.4 ounces or 100ml
All liquids must be in containers of no more than 3.4 ounces or 100ml, and all containers must fit in a clear, one quart sized zip top plastic bag. Medications have different rules, most of cases you have to let the screening agent know that you have liquid medication in addition to one quart bag you are allowed.
- Sharp objects
Sharp objects are prohibited in carry-on luggage as they can be easily used as weapons. However, if you have to bring some sharp object like a knife or box cutter, then make sure to pack them in your checked luggage. While this rule is a self-explanatory, objects like nail scissors are generally allowed by TSA. But for safety issues, be aware that the screening agent could confiscate them.
- Sport Equipment
Most of sport equipment such as baseball bats, ski poles and pool cues are not allowed to bring as carry-on. Balls for each sport are allowed. It is quite easy to understand why most of sporting goods re prohibited. They are usually not that portable but easy to be used as weapons.
Most countries heavily restrict or prohibit personal gun use, let alone to bring them on board. Most of guns are allowed in checked luggage in U.S. as long as they are empty and in a locked, in a hard-sided container.
- Self-Defense Items
Self-defense items are used to protect yourself but they are also potential weapons which may cause harms. So they are not allowed in carry-on.
- Flammable Items, Explosive Materials and Chemicals
These are considered to be dangerous items, so no one should risk to taking them. They are both prohibited in carry-ons and checked luggage. If you really need it for your trip, please get the equipment you need once you arrive your destination.
Certain tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers, are permitted, as long as they are seven inches or less in length. But all other tools should be securely wrapped (if sharp) and packed in checked luggage.
The restrictions listed above are not all inclusive. Detailed Rules and Regulations are vary and changing through time and based on different airlines. It is vital to check the airline website of your flight to prepare yourself with the corresponding restrictions.