The Top 5 Most Surprising Items You Can’t Bring on a Plane

The Top 5 Most Surprising Items You Can’t Bring on a Plane
Vanesa Lucero
Vanesa Lucero
March 15th 2023

As travelers, we all know the basic rules of what we can and can’t bring on a plane: explosives, firearms, sharp objects, chemical substances… But did you know there are some surprising items that are prohibited? Here are the top 5 items you may not have known you can’t bring on a plane.


While they may seem like a fun way to get around, hoverboards are not allowed on airplanes. Due to the risk of their lithium-ion batteries catching fire, they are considered a fire hazard and are banned by most airlines.

Selfie Sticks

Love them or hate them, selfie sticks have become a popular travel accessory. However, many airlines prohibit them on board due to safety concerns. They can pose a danger in the event of an emergency evacuation, and can also be used as a weapon.


Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are not allowed on planes due to the risk of fire. The lithium-ion batteries they contain can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious danger to passengers.

Fishing Rods

If you’re planning a fishing trip, you’ll have to leave your rod at home. Fishing rods are not allowed on planes due to their size and potential for harm if not properly stored.


While you can bring matches on a plane, lighters are not allowed in your carry-on luggage. This is due to the risk of fire, as lighters can accidentally ignite and cause a serious hazard.

Check the TSA and airline websites

It’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may prohibit other items as well. It’s always a good idea to check the TSA website for a comprehensive list of prohibited items before you pack for your flight. If you’re unsure whether an item is allowed on a plane, it’s best to leave it at home to avoid any delays or confiscation at the security checkpoint.

It’s worth mentioning that even though TSA provides a detailed list of restricted items, some airlines may have their own limitations. For instance, certain airlines may prohibit specific types of batteries or electronic gadgets onboard. It’s always advisable to check with your airline beforehand to avoid any unpleasant surprises at the airport.


So when packing for your next flight, make sure to check if your luggage includes any of these prohibited items. Remember, while they may seem harmless, they can pose a serious danger on board a plane. It’s important to follow the rules and regulations set by the airlines and the TSA to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. Happy travels!

Vanesa Lucero
Vanesa Lucero
Hey there, fellow adventurers! I'm Vanesa, your enthusiastic explorer and storyteller extraordinaire. Join me as we uncover hidden treasures, immerse ourselves in vibrant cultures, and embark on wild adventures across the globe. Let's conquer bucket lists, embrace the unknown, and make unforgettable memories together. Welcome to my travel wonderland!