Hand Luggage Cosmetic Rules

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Limited quantities are allowed in the one piece of hand luggage.
Limited quantities are allowed in the one piece of hand luggage. (Image: case for cosmetic stuff image by Oleg Ivanov from Fotolia.com)

When traveling by air, cosmetics packed inside hang luggage must comply with Transportation Security Administration rules. Since August 10, 2006, these rules apply to all liquids, gels and aerosols that pass through airport security. Limited quantities are allowed in the one piece of hand luggage a traveler may bring on board. The TSA established the 3-1-1 rule for hand luggage: 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

The maximum size container for all liquids, gels and aerosols must not exceed 3.4 oz. (100ml). Half-full or rolled-up toothpaste tubes exceeding this size are not allowed.

All cosmetics that are liquids, gels and aerosols must be stored inside one quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Not permitted are the gallon-size plastic bags or non-zip sandwich bags. Only one clear plastic bag per traveler is allowed.

At the security checkpoint, every flight passenger must remove his quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from his hand luggage and place it inside a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening.

Cosmetic liquids, gels or aerosols inside containers larger than 3.4 oz. ounces must be declared at the airport security checkpoint.

Permitted cosmetics packed inside hand luggage include the following (under 3.4 ounces per item):

Aerosol spray bottles and cans Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents Creams and lotions including first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions and moisturizers Cuticle trimmers Deodorants made of gel or aerosol Eye drops--up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag Eyelash curlers Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics--gel-filled bras may be worn through security screening and on board the aircraft Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol Hair straightener or detangler Lip balms Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid-filled Liquid foundations Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes Liquid hand sanitizers Liquid soaps Liquid mascara Make up removers or facial cleansers Mouthwash Nail clippers Nail files Nail polish Personal lubricants--up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag Safety razors--includes disposable razors Saline solution--up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag Scissors--plastic or metal with blunt tips Scissors--metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length Shampoos and conditioners Toothpaste Tweezers

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