TSA Rules on Cosmetics and Liquids- Simplified

At AirPretty, we know that women shouldn’t have to compromise the way they look and feel just to get from point A to point B. We all have our favorite beauty and comfort products. For some of us, having them with us is just a necessity. However, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandates specific regulations that impact our ability to pack our entire bathroom cabinet. These rules are in place for safety, but they can sometimes put a wrench in our packing plans. Not understanding these rules can result in entire bottles of product being tossed out at the security line, and that can be heartbreaking! For your convenience, we’ve compiled a simple explanation of the TSA rules on cosmetics and liquids.

The 3-1-1 Rule

By now, most of you have heard of the 3-1-1 rule. It states that all liquids of 3.4 oz or less must go through security in 1 clear bag that is 1 quart in size. 3.4oz, 1 bag, 1 quart. 3-1-1. Any liquid, gel, or aerosol in a container larger than 3.4oz (or 1000 mL) needs to go in your checked bag.

TSA Rule
Liquid makeup like foundation, lip gloss, liquid eyeliner, etc., as well as toiletries like toothpaste, mouthwash, hair styling products, and liquid soap all go in a clear bag. (Exceptions to this rule include important items like breast milk and medications, and ice packs to keep them cool.)

We find it’s easiest to have these liquids packed ahead of time in a clear TSA compliant bag. That way, you’re not digging through your luggage at the security line, and you have everything you need at your fingertips.

Non-Liquid Cosmetics and Toiletries?

The good news is that non-liquid cosmetics (powder, lipstick, blush, eye/lip pencils, etc.) don’t need separating. Keep those in your carry-on bag with other toiletries like your stick deodorant (not aerosol or gel), tweezers, disposable razor cartridges (not blades), and even scissors with blades shorter than 4 inches.

TSA will have no problem throwing away anything they deem unsafe. When in doubt, follow these general rules:
1. Don’t take any product over 3.4 oz with you in your carry-on bag.
2. Put anything you think might be a “liquid, gel, or aerosol” in the clear quart sized bag.
3. If you think it might not be allowed on an airplane, leave it at home.
4. Don’t bring anything with you that you would be heartbroken to lose.

Have any questions or ideas for us? Post them in the comments and we’ll do our best to address them for you!

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