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3-1-1: Travel Security Administration's Carry On Guidelines for Cosmetics and Toiletries

air travelers can prepare for safe, stress-free airport checkin - here are cosmetic and toiletries guidelines from the travel security administration to help you pack

On Tuesday, September 26, 2006, TSA adjusted the air travel ban on liquids, gels, and aerosols, including essential toiletries and cosmetics, in carry-on luggage.

The Low-down: Cosmetics and Air Travel

place in clear qt. zip lock bag
no restriction - carry on
lip gloss (liquid or gel) solid lipstick
liquid mascara or eyeliner eyeshadow
liquid foundation powder or pressed foundation
blush - liquid blush - powder or solid
toner, serum, or blemish zapper
if liquid
a lip or eye pencil
nail polish or nail remover  
makeup remover or cleanser  

All gels, liquids and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. This is about the size of the container when full, not a measure of how much product remains in the container. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed.

All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying the toiletries bag separately allows TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage. Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Finally, arrive at the airport check in early, and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

Carry On Guidelines for Gels, Liquids and Aerosols

Product Type

Carry On

Checked Baggage

All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Deodorants made of gel or aerosol
Yes -3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Hair Straightener or Detangler
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Liquid soaps
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Mouthwash
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Shampoos and conditioners
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes
Toothpaste
Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container
Yes

for more information, visit tsa.gov, the official site of the Travel security administration

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