Printer ink cartridges now banned on U.S. passenger planes

There’s a new item to add to your list of things that you can’t bring on a plane: printer ink cartridges.

That’s right, the Department of Homeland Security now says ink and toner cartridges larger than 16 ounces cannot be packed for a flight. The ban applies to both carry-on and checked luggage.

It’s all because of a terrorist plot discovered last month to hide explosives in the cartridges.

Now I, for one, have never packed, nor thought about packing, a printer ink cartridge for a flight. But I suppose the situation does come up from time to time. I know that there are portable printers for photos and documents that some people may carry when flying.

Will this new rule inconvenience you? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Similar Posts


  1. For businessmen who are constantly on the move, this could prove to be a real problem. Living out of a suitcase and multiple hotel rooms around the year mean that many take their portable printers with them. They will most probably have to use the printers in the reception of their accommodation from now on!

  2. Surely this will only affect toner cartridges, as most ink cartridges weigh only a few grammes. It’s also worth remembering that ink cartridges can leak in the luggage department due to the atmospheric pressure. So if you do take a ink cartridge away make sure it is in your hand luggage.

Comments are closed.