Certain items are considered hazardous and, by federal law, are prohibited from all Delta flights. Check here, before you try to check it. Keep in mind, this is not a comprehensive list. Visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for the most current list of what can and cannot be transported on passenger aircraft.
Alcohol or liquor purchased after going through the security checkpoint are allowed onboard as checked or carry-on baggage, as long as it adheres to these guidelines:
As required by law when departing South Africa, weapons and ammunition departing from South Africa must be packed in a small box or case and placed in checked baggage (locked). Ammunition cannot be stored in the same case as the weapon.
Please read important information regarding packaging and presenting/declaring firearms at check-in.
In general, auto and vehicle parts are allowed in carry-on or checked baggage only if they've been properly purged and if there is no fuel or traces of fuel present. Car engine parts may be placed in checked luggage only if the parts are packed in their original box and free of hazardous chemicals such as gasoline and oil.
Here's more information on specific car parts:
If the vehicle parts you are planning to pack are used or you are not sure you can remove all hazmat residue or vapors, we recommend that you ship them to your destination using a parcel shipping service instead.
Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with the TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane for security reasons.
Dry-ice packages in amounts of 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) or less is allowed when used to cool non-hazardous perishables in carry-on or checked baggage. The package must:
If possible, instead of dry ice, we encourage the use of gel packs or similar products to keep frozen perishable items fresh. For more information, you can download the Guidelines to Transport Dry Ice.
Wet-ice shipments are not allowed as carry-on baggage, checked baggage or cargo on Delta or Delta Connection® flights.
Don't even think about it. Firecrackers, signal flares, Christmas crackers or sparklers are not allowed — as carry-on or checked baggage — at any time.
Guidelines for carrying flammable liquids are as follows:
Guidelines for fuel cell systems are as follows:
Gasoline-powered equipment, such as chainsaws and lawn equipment, is only allowed if it's new and in its original packaging and has never been opened.
Aerosols (i.e. spray disinfectant and starch), bleach, cleaning solvents, drain cleaners and pesticides are not allowed.
Insulated packaging, containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen, is allowed as long as it is fully absorbed in a porous material, intended for transport of non-dangerous products and kept at a low temperature. For more information you can download the Guidelines to Transport a Refrigerated Liquid Nitrogen (Dry Shipper).
As you probably know, traveling with consumer electronic and medical devices containing lithium cells or batteries (e.g. watches, calculators, cameras, cell phones, laptops, camcorders, hearing aids, etc.) is allowed onboard as carry-on. Spare lithium batteries are allowed as carry-on only, and must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.
Tips to properly transport spare lithium batteries:
Learn more about traveling with batteries by reading the DOT's Safe Travel information at safetravel.dot.gov.
Though we provide life jackets to each and every passenger, you are welcome to bring your own. One self-inflating life jacket, containing no more than two small carbon dioxide cylinders plus no more than two spare cylinders, is allowed as checked or carry-on baggage.
Due to the type of refrigerants used in these items, federal regulations does not allow refrigerators, air-conditioners, freezers and dehumidifiers as checked or carry-on luggage.
We allow small arms ammunition, in quantities not exceeding 11 lbs. (5 kg) per person, as checked-baggage only. The weapon must be securely boxed and intended for that person's own use. More than one passenger may not combine quantities into one package. See more details/guidelines under shooting equipment.
You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with all Federal, State or local laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms. For more information about this regulation you can visit the TSA website.
Note: Gunpowder (e.g., Pyrodex, black powder, mace, pepper spray and tear gas) is never permitted.
Lithium-ion batteries that power mobility devices and are within the federal restrictions listed below are allowed on passenger aircraft. Customers will be allowed two (2) spare batteries if less than 13.5 grams of equivalent lithium content (160 WH) or one (1) spare battery if less than 25 grams of equivalent lithium content (300 WH).
Lithium-ion Battery Restrictions
Wheelchairs and mobility device that require batteries are allowed as checked baggage, albeit some rules, of course. Here are the guidelines for both spillable (wet-cell) and non-spillable (gel) batteries:
Note: If the wheelchair cannot be loaded on the aircraft in an upright position, spillable (wet-cell) batteries must be removed and packaged in special packaging, provided by Delta.
The below items are not considered "dangerous goods" and are allowed when packaged properly, in accordance with TSA regulations:
Further restrictions may apply to the above items, please visit the TSA website for more information.
Allowed When Packed Properly
Please remember that infectious substances, poisons and radioactive materials are not permitted.
If you have one of the above three (3) items or an item that is not listed in the Restricted Items section, but think it might be a "dangerous good", please contact Delta's Dangerous Goods Department ten days in advance to confirm the item is allowed on the flight. For immediate questions, please contact Reservation Sales.
Additional resources to assist you can be found on the FAA websites.