Restricted Items

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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

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:

  • Alcohol content may not exceed 140 proof
  • Up to 5 liters of alcohol per person between 48 and 140 proof is permitted
  • Alcohol under 48 proof is not considered hazardous and is permitted
  • Alcohol must be in its original retail packaging to be permitted onboard the plane
  • If the alcohol is purchased before going through the security checkpoint, our security rules apply for carry-on or checked baggage.

Ammunition — South Africa

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.

Automotive

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:

  • Shock absorbers that are sealed with compressed gas will not be allowed in checked baggage.  Even if a shock absorber is not sealed with compressed gas, if it contains a residue or vapors of oil or gasoline, it is considered a hazardous material and will be removed from checked baggage.
  • Car batteries are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage, per FAA regulations.
  • Vehicle airbags are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage, per FAA regulations.


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 & Wet Ice

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:

  • meet carry-on baggage restrictions
  • allow the release of carbon dioxide
  • state on the package, "Dry Ice" or "Carbon Dioxide Solid"
  • specify the net weight of the dry-ice material on the packaging
  • include the contents being cooled, in writing, on the packaging

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.

Fireworks or Explosives

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.

Flammable Liquids or Solids

Guidelines for carrying flammable liquids are as follows:

  • A fuel lighter is permitted in your pocket or in carry-on baggage only
  • Up to two lighters are allowed in your checked baggage if they are properly enclosed in a U.S. Department of Transportation approved case
  • Lighters without fuel are allowed as checked or carry-on baggage
  • Lighter refills, fuels (such as gasoline or Sterno cans), paints, stains, lubricants, and "strike-anywhere" matches are not allowed
  • One regular matchbook is permitted in your pocket as long as it isn’t the "strike anywhere" matches
  • Torch or blue flame lighters are strictly prohibited.

Fuel Cell Systems

Guidelines for fuel cell systems are as follows:

  • Portable electronic devices (i.e. cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers and camcorders) powered by fuel cell systems, and not more than two spare fuel cell cartridges per passenger are allowed when transported in carry-on baggage.
  • No more than two spare fuel cell cartridges maybe carried by a passenger.
  • Fuel cell systems containing fuel and fuel cell cartridges, including spare cartridges are permitted in carry-on baggage only.
  • Fuel cell cartridges may not be refillable by the user. Refueling the fuel cell systems is not permitted, except that the installation of a spare cartridge is allowed.
  • Each fuel cell cartridge and system must be durably marked by the manufacturer with the wording: "APPROVED FOR CARRIAGE IN AIRCRAFT CABIN ONLY".

Gasoline-powered Devices

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.

Household Items (Aerosols, bleach, etc.)

Aerosols (i.e. spray disinfectant and starch), bleach, cleaning solvents, drain cleaners and pesticides are not allowed.

Liquid Nitrogen (Dry-shipper)

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).

Lithium Batteries

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:

  • Pack spare batteries in carry-on baggage.
  • Keep spare batteries in the original retail packaging to prevent unintentional activation or short-circuiting.
  • If original packaging is not available, effectively insulate battery terminals by isolating spare batteries from contact with other batteries and/or metal.
  • Specifically, place each battery in its own protective case, plastic bag or package, or place tape across the battery's contacts to isolate terminals.
  • Take steps to prevent crushing, puncturing, or putting a high degree of pressure on the battery, as this can cause an internal short circuit, resulting in overheating.

Learn more about traveling with batteries by reading the DOT's Safe Travel information at safetravel.dot.gov.

Personal Care Items

  • Personal oxygen canisters also known as “canned oxygen,” “recreational oxygen” and “flavored oxygen” are forbidden in aircraft cabin, carry-on baggage, and checked baggage.
  • Personal care items, such as cologne and hairspray, are allowed in checked baggage without prior approval, as long as there are less than 16 ounces of each item and less than 70 ounces total. Personal care items in smaller quantities, which comply with TSA rules may also be placed in carry-on baggage.
  • One butane curling iron per passenger is permitted in carry-on baggage. No refills are allowed and the safety cover must be on the curling iron. It is not permissible to be used on the aircraft at any time. Butane curling irons are not permitted when traveling to Switzerland.

Personal Flotation Devices

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.

Personal Medical Devices

Personal medical devices must meet specific requirements and be approved by Delta prior to travel. Liquid oxygen is not permitted.

Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

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.

Sports Equipment

  • Camping equipment containing fuel or fuel residue, including butane or propane canisters, is not allowed.
  • Self-inflating devices or equipment containing compressed gas cylinders are not allowed (e.g., rafts, avalanche rescue backpacks, paintball cartridges). For self-inflating life jackets, see Personal Flotation Devices.
  • You may bring compressed gas cylinders, including scuba tanks, as carry-on or checked baggage, as long as the regulator valve is completely disconnected from the cylinder, as required by current TSA requirements. Please read the full instruction on the TSA website.

Weapons

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.

Wheelchairs/Mobility Aids with Lithium-Ion Batteries

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

  • The battery terminals must be protected from short circuiting.
  • The battery must have been tested per UN Part III, Section 38.3.
  • If the battery is not fully encased and protected within the mobility aid to prevent short circuit, the battery must be removed and transported in the cabin of the aircraft.

Wheelchairs/Mobility Aids with Batteries

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:

  • Battery must be able to be visually inspected and disconnected
  • Terminals must be protected from short circuit
  • Battery must be able to be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid

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.

Other Possible Hazardous Items

The below items are not considered "dangerous goods" and are allowed when packaged properly, in accordance with TSA regulations:

  • Knitting/scissors
  • Hiking or trekking poles
  • Knives/swords
  • Hair dryer/Straightener
  • Hair spray
  • Sunscreen/bug spray
  • Batteries
  • Food as a carry on
  • Fishing hooks
  • Fragile glass items

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.
 

  • Heat-Producing Items — We allow battery-operated underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons, 7 inches (18 cm) or less in length, as carry-on baggage only.
  • Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) — Due to the rapid rise in temperature and the fact these become hot enough to cause serious burns if mishandled or tossed during turbulence, many of these items are forbidden in a person's checked or carry-on baggage.  If you feel your item is not hazardous, please contact the Delta Dangerous Goods Department.
  • Mercury Barometer or Thermometer — These items are allowed if carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency, and as carry-on baggage only.

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.

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