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11 weird things you never knew you could bring on a plane

HuffPost logo HuffPost 4/1/2015 Carly Ledbetter

A man checks his kayak in at the Denver Airport. © Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post/Getty Images A man checks his kayak in at the Denver Airport.  Thanks to the TSA's incredible Instagram account and some general knowledge about flying, we know what's not allowed on planes. Don't bring liquids above 3.4 ounces in your carry-on, leave the fireworks at home, and definitely don't pack your brass knuckles

While there is a long lists of things you shouldn't pack in your luggage, there is also a long list of weird things you actually can bring. Take a look at what we discovered you can bring, and always make sure to check before you fly, as rules could change in a jiffy.

1. Antlers

Deer antlers © Don Farrall/Getty Images Deer antlers  Though this might be surprising for non-hunters, bringing antlers on a plane is allowed on almost all American airline carriers. Most usually charge a small fee (anywhere from $20 to $200) and ask that the antlers be cleaned and properly wrapped to the best of your ability.

2. Kayaks and bikes

Green vintage bike against white background. © Dougal Waters/Getty Images Green vintage bike against white background.  Many airlines let you pack sporting equipment like kayaks, bikes, snowboards and surfboards. It's worth doing some research before you lug it to the airport, as not all airlines allow all types of items, and certain airlines will make you break down equipment (like your bike) and pack it a certain way. 

3. Lighters

Cigarette lighters. © Alex Wong/Getty Images Cigarette lighters.  One lighter is approved for carry-on luggage, but two lighters or more with fluid must be checked in Department of Transportation-approved cases. People traveling with lighters without fluid may bring as many as they want in the checked luggage. 

4. Fishing rods

 The TSA says fishing rods are allowed on as either carry-on or checked luggage, but ultimately the decision rests with your airline carrier. So before you trek that fishing gear all the way to the airport, just make sure you can actually bring it on the plane. 

5. Human remains

Cardboard box on luggage carousel at airport. © Dan Hallman/Getty Images Cardboard box on luggage carousel at airport.  According to a TSA rule, cremated human remains are allowed onboard or in checked baggage. Some airlines do not allow crematory remains as checked baggage, so be sure to check with your airline before flying. For carry on, crematory remains should be placed in a wood, cardboard or plastic container, as metal urns might not be allowed through security. 

6. Parachutes

A parachute. © Reinhard Dirscherl/Getty Images A parachute.  You can bring a parachute in your carry-on or checked luggage. Just make sure the rig is separated from other parts of your luggage, and arrive half an hour early in case the TSA wants to ask you some questions. 

7. Pie and cake

Blackberry and apple pie. © William Reavell/Getty Images Blackberry and apple pie.  Yep, you can bring your pie or cake through security, though it might require a little additional screening.

8. Ice skates and rollerblades 

Figure skates. © Datacraft Co Ltd/Getty Images Figure skates.  Yep, ice skates and rollerblades are TSA-approved items for either carry-on or checked bags. So whether you're going to Canada or Florida, you'll be prepared. 

9. Wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers

Tools. © Jamie Grill/Getty Images Tools.  Make sure your tools are less than 7 inches long, and you can bring them onboard or check them with your luggage. 

10. Knitting needles

Knitting needles. © Jill Ferry/Getty Images Knitting needles.  As long you don't bring circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade through security, the TSA says you can bring knitting needles on the plane. If you do happen to have thread cutters or needles with blades, just make sure those go in your checked luggage. 

11. Wrapped gifts

Assortment of wrapped gifts. © John Block/Getty Images Assortment of wrapped gifts.  If you're bringing them as your carry-on (which is totally allowed), just note that TSA agents might have to unwrap the gift if they think they see something suspicious. So while you can bring it on the plane, it might be best to wrap it at your final destination. 

Happy travels! 


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