What Liquids Are You Allowed To Take On A Plane?

liquidsWhen you fly you are allowed to carry one small plastic one quart bag with a zip closure to carry your containers of liquids. Each liquid container needs to be 3.4 ounces or less. All the containers must fit into the one quart size plastic bag.

In addition to liquids this bag is used to carry your gels, creams, pastes and aerosols.

Your bag containing these items should be placed in your carryon bag and at the checkpoint removed and placed in the security bin. It can then be screened easily by the TSA agents.

Some examples of acceptable liquids to carry in you bag include shampoo, liquid makeup, mouthwash, hand or body lotion, after-shave lotion and cologne. Acceptable gels might include hair gel, lip balm or lipstick, deodorant, or toothpaste. You cannot carry a large tube of toothpaste with only a small amount left in the tube. It must be a tube smaller than 3.4 ounces. Aerosols might include hair spray or mousse or deodorant.

To make going though screening faster adhere to the 3-1-1 rule. Place your 1 one quart zip lock plastic bag into the screening bin. This one bag must contain all of your liquids, aerosols and gels and no one container can be more than 3.4 ounces. One bag is allowed per customer.

eu_to_phase_out_restrictions_on_liquids_in_carry_ons-1280x960There are exceptions to this rule for some larger containers of liquids. These include baby formula, juice for babies, breast milk, medications, liquid medications, liquid nutrition for those with medical conditions or disabilities. These items do not need to be in zip lock plastic bags.

If you are carrying any of these items you need to separate these items and disclose them to a TSA agent and present them for additional screening. The TSA agency may need to open these items for inspection.

It’s wise to check out the TSA website before packing your carryon to be sure the items you plan to pack are acceptable. If they are not TSA will remove the items from your bag.

As long as the items are not prohibited on a plan you can pack larger quantities of liquids, gels and aerosols in a checked bag if you are traveling with one.

If you are coming into the United States on an international flight you may carry liquids over 3.4 ounces in your carryon if they were purchased at a duty free shop and are in a transparent container.