Prohibited items

Absolutely prohibited

  • Incendiaries, including flammable gases, liquids, and fuels
  • Large, sharp objects such as axes, ice picks, and swords
  • Corrosive or dangerous chemicals or materials, such as liquid bleach, tear gas, mace, radioactive and harmful bacteriological materials
  • Club-like items, such as billy-clubs and nightsticks
  • Batteries with acid that can spill or leak, except those batteries used in motorized wheelchairs or similar devices for mobility-impaired passengers
  • Animals outside of the service animals policy and pet policy.
  • Oversized or overweight items
  • Open alcohol containers

This is not an exhaustive list. Any item similar to those listed, even if not specifically mentioned here, is prohibited from being carried onboard or checked as baggage.

Liability limits

We recommend that you leave fragile or valuable items, including but not limited to electronic equipment, at home. Amtrak and Amtrak Cascades accept no liability for damage.


Amtrak requires all firearms and ammunition to be checked as luggage between staffed stations. Carry-on firearms and ammunition are prohibited. Read Amtrak's policy on firearms in checked baggage.