Travelers Can Now Bring Extension Cords and Power Strips in Carry-On Baggage

Attention, travelers! Extension cords and power strips are now allowed in carry-on baggage, the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) announced on May 16.

Extension cord carry on baggage

This came after the passengers’ complaints regarding the carriage of extension cords and power strips. However, the office noted that the new policy, which took effect on May 15, is temporary as the Prohibited Items List is still under review. 

“To address passenger complaints on the carriage of extension cord and/or power strip, the OTS wishes to inform the public that EXTENSION CORD and/or POWER STRIP shall be ALLOWED in carry-on bag pending review of the OTS Prohibited Items List, effective May 15, 2024,” OTS said in its statement. 

“OTS strives to improve its policies to provide balance between security and passenger convenience in line with Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista’s guidance to provide a comfortable, accessible, safe, sustainable, affordable, and seamless travel for all.”

Extension cords and power strips were previously only allowed in checked-in luggage. Other items prohibited in carry-on baggage are firearms, stunning devices, objects with sharp points or edges, chemicals/toxic substances, worker tools, blunt instruments, and explosives. You can view the full list here.

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