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May 30, 2023

Summer is here, which means airports across the state are preparing for a seasonal jump in traveler traffic. It also means long TSA lines. Everyone knows that to make your TSA experience go as smoothly as possible, you should avoid bringing things on their 'no' list.

Its obvious that weapons or guns aren't allowed, but less obvious when it comes to things like snow globes or baseball bats.

Here's a list of 10 less-obvious items that won't make it past TSA.

Although you can technically bring a cordless curling iron in a carry-on bag, it requires special instructions for travel and is not allowed in checked bags. Cordless curling irons are powered by lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries, which are fueled by gas or butane. According to the TSA, any cordless curling irons should have a secure safety cover to prevent accidental activation.

Unless you can ensure that the Magic Kingdom snow globe you picked up at Disney has less than 3.4 ounces of liquid in it, wrap it up and pack it in a checked bag. Snow globes that have 3.4 ounces of liquid in it are roughly the size of a tennis ball.

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Toy weapons are prohibited at TSA checkpoints. Nerf guns, water guns and toy swords should all be packed into a checked bag.

Any sports equipment that could be used as a bludgeon, like bats, golf clubs and bowling pins can't fly in-cabin. Bowling balls are allowed.

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Although pots and pans are typically allowed in carry-on bags, cast iron skillets aren't. Cast iron skillets are only permitted when packed in a checked bag.

Gel-filled heating pads are not allowed in carry-on bags. Since gel liquids are not permitted unless in containers of 3.4 ounces or less, the only heating pads allowed in carry-on bags are electric.

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Like snow globes, magic 8 balls are also filled with liquid and are not permitted in carry-on bags. "We asked the Magic 8 Ball and it told us…Outlook not so good!" TSA's website says.

It may be heartbreaking to find that both your cast iron skillet and cooking spray aren't TSA-approved, but it is true. Cooking spray can't be brought in any bags, checked or carried on. It is highly flammable.

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Sharp objects are not allowed in carry-on baggage. If packed into checked bags, they must be wrapped or sheathed.

Flying with fertilizer in checked or carry-on baggage is not allowed for a similar reason to cooking spray. Fertilizer presents a risk of explosion.

Lianna Norman covers trending news in Palm Beach County for The Palm Beach Post. You can reach her at [email protected]. You can follow her reporting on social media @LiannaNorman on Twitter.

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