Airline Regulations

Airline regulations have changed recently, and many travelers find themselves wondering what the newest airline regulations currently are. Information about the newest airline regulations, including what can and cannot be taken through airport security can be found here.

New airline regulations include bans on liquids and gels. Liquids must be in containers smaller than 3 ounces, and must generally be placed in clear, sealable bags if you plan to take them on as carry items. You will also want to avoid putting your liquids into nondescript Tupperware containers that are commonly used as travel devices for soap or shampoo. Although they may seem like a good way to bring on liquids that originally came in a larger container, you will not be allowed to take them onboard due to the fact that they are not labeled for size or contents.

If you do wish to bring any liquids or gels with you as a carry on item, you will need to follow certain regulations. Be sure that liquids and gels are in containers of no more than 3 ounces, and be sure that all of these containers are kept together in a plastic, see-through bag. Some airports will have bags on hand, although many will not, so it is a good idea to do this yourself prior to traveling. If your liquid and gel items do not comply with these regulations, you will have the option to either throw them away at the gate, or check them into a bag on the plane. Liquids and gels are allowed in your check-on bag. Some airports will also allow you to mail your unacceptable items home, for a fee.

Items that will pass airline regulations and that you may bring onto a plane as long as they are in amounts less than 3 ounces include creams and lotions, bubble baths, bug and mosquito sprays, deodorants, eye drops, lip gels, hair styling products such as gels, and liquid foundations and other kinds of makeup. Although this is not a comprehensive list of items that will pass airline regulations, a full list can be found on the official TSI website.

Although for a time airline regulations did include many sharp items, there are currently a number of items that you can bring on a plane, including cigar cutters, cuticle cutters, corkscrews, eyelash curlers, knitting and crochet needles, some knives, safety razors, and scissors. Airline baggage regulations and airline carry on regulations will allow you to carry on these items.

Airline baggage regulations and airline carry on regulations will also allow medications and some food and drinks onto a plane, including baby formulas and beverages purchased after security screening. You can also bring along aerosol spray bottles, bug spray, deodorants, eye drops, gel-filled bras, lip gels and glosses, liquid soaps, mouthwash, nail clippers and files, nail polish and nail polish remover, toothpaste, tweezers and walking canes. Note that all of the liquid or gel items on this list must be in original containers that are no bigger than 3 ounces. It is a good idea to pack all of these items in a clear plastic bag before your trip, and keep them at the top of your carry-on bag so that you can easily reach them when you are checking in.

Prohibited items include weapons, explosives, and incendiaries. Larger amounts of baby formula and other liquid prescriptions will need to be declared at the checkpoint so that they can undergo additional screening. You may be held for long periods of time if you do not declare these items upfront. If you do bring any of these items into baggage check, you will be held and can waste time. Be sure to follow airline security regulations and to thoroughly read through all airline security regulations.

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