What can you take on a Plane?

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The most frequently asked question regarding air travel is, "Can I bring lighter on a plane?" or "How much liquid can I bring on a plane?" or "Can I take food on a plane?". To find these answers we researched the busiest airlines regarding "What can you take on a plane?", and here we share our findings.

Imagine, you've bought plane tickets for your much awaited holiday or business trip. Now you are at the airport getting your luggage checked in. But the security personnel are tossing your items in the trash.

That will certainly test your patience.

Understand that these measures are taken to ensure travelers' safety. If you know the permitted items and their quantities on the aircraft, the airport screening process can be much faster and easier.

There are several apparently harmless household items that are prohibited on the plane.

If you take them to the airport, it will not only waste your time with the additional screening process but they will be discarded or thrown in the trash at the airport screening process.

To travel on time, you need a positive screen test, or you may be denied to board your flight. The usual questions in this regard are, "how much liquid can I bring on the plane?" or even "can I bring weed?"

So what can you take on a plane? Let's take a look at some of the questions in this regard:

Before we dig into details, let's understand the difference between carry-on and checked luggage.

You can take the carry-on bag into the airplane with you while the checked baggage is moved to the cargo area of the plane.

And when your plane lands, it is returned back to you via the conveyor belt.

Can you bring a Lighter on a Plane?

Airlines, in general, are strict about taking Cigarette lighters on the plane.

According to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), you can carry butane or Zippo lighters in carry-on luggage.

However, butane torch lighters (blue flame lighters/jet flame lighters) are prohibited items in the cabin under TSA security rules.

Cigarette Lighter

If you are carrying a lighter in your pocket it must stay there. It is understandable why airlines are wary of lighters and flammables. For this reason, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has set standards for cases in which lighters can be kept safely for air travel.

Lighters with fuel are generally not allowed in the checked baggage, but if you put these in a DOT approved cases, these are permitted, but maximum two lighters.

How much liquid can you bring on a plane?

According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) liquids rule, each traveler can bring carry on liquids, gels, and aerosols in containers of 3.4 oz. (about 100 mL) or less, inside one quart-size (almost 1 liter) clear, sealable (such as ziplock) bag. This policy is usually referred to as the 3-1-1 liquids rule.

TSA 3-1-1 Liquids Rule

The rule goes like;

  • "3" - Each liquid must be contained in 3.4 ounces (or less) containers
  • "1" - All liquid containers must be inside one clear quart size (about 0.94 liter) bag
  • "1" - Each passenger can carry one such bag

3-1-1 TSA liquids rule

As a general rule, drink or discard any beverages in containers of more than 100 ml, before reaching the screening checkpoint, that includes the beverage in your water bottle.

Can you bring Makeup on a Plane?

SunCream

That's almost 100% Yes.

You can bring almost all kinds of makeups and toiletries.

However, there are restrictions regarding the quantity of liquid makeups (nail polish, moisturizers, eyeliner, and foundation).

The 3-1-1 rule applies to liquid makeup as well.

Liquid cosmetics must be in 3.4 oz (or less) containers, and they all must fit in a clear quart-sized (about 0.94 liter) bag. You can use a ziplock baggie to pack them.

Don't worry too much about the ounces since most makeup sizes are usually under 3 oz.

Toiletries

For convenience, you can pour your must-haves from large bottles into travel sized containers leaving their large bottles (such as shampoo, shower gel) at home.

Don't try to stuff your medications in the same bag - you can put them in a separate one. Try to keep it in your carry-on as you will need to put it in the security tray for clearance.


Toiletries such as liquid soap, mouthwash, hair gel are also subject to the 3-1-1 liquids rule. But just like makeup, you can easily purchase these items in travel sized containers that adhere to the TSA 3-1-1 rule.

Liquid gel and aerosol sprays must be kept in the same quart-sized bag with other liquids.

Can you bring Deodorant on a Plane?

Stick deodorants do not have any restrictions but better keep them in the quart bag to pass the screening process at security checkpoints.

Can you bring a Razor on a Plane?

Yes, you can, but no straight razors or blades.

The principle is that the blade must be attached to the handle, the way it is in safety razors (disposable razors).

Electric razors are also allowed as carry-on.

Razor

Can you bring Food on a Plane?

This is one of the most common questions about flying.

Bear in mind that every food item is X-rayed before clearing it, just like your other belongings.

So, about food, exactly what can you take on a plane?

Burger
Sandwich

When it comes to solid foods, each airline has limitations as to "how much you can carry".

Hence, when packing edibles, it's important to know your particular airline's policies on solid foods and liquids gels.

Solids can be packed in either check-in baggage or carry-on.

As a general rule food or liquid items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed as carry on luggage, they need to be checked in the baggage.

What foods are permitted through airport security?

Thickened liquid foods such as ketchup, mayonnaise, jellies, yogurt, and oils are not allowed.

This means that the majority of food items such as wholesome natural foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts), cakes, cookies, sandwiches, burgers, donuts, potato chips and carrot sticks are allowed.

Nevertheless, carry food in a spill-proof container or wrap them securely.

Donuts

Are Nail Clippers allowed on an Aeroplane?

The airport security avoids objects that can be used as a weapon. You can pack nail clippers with your carry on but if you are carrying nail scissors they should not be more than 4-inches long.

What kind of Batteries can I pack in my carry-on?

This is one of the more complex questions as to what is allowed and what is not since a lot depends on the type of battery and its size. The TSA categorizes batteries as:

  • Type of battery (E.g. dry cell)
  • Battery size (Watt-hour rating)

As a general rule, spillable batteries (such as car batteries) are forbidden. An exception can be made If such batteries are used for wheelchairs but you need to inform the aircraft operator beforehand to ensure that it is safely packed for the flight.

Here are the rules regarding different types of batteries and their sizes in tabular form:

Type of Battery In Checked Baggage In Carry-on Baggage
Lithium-ion battery (100-160 watt-hours) installed in a device, operator's approval required Allowed Allowed
Lithium-ion battery with more than 160 watt-hours (installed in a device) Prohibited Prohibited
Electronic smoking devices - Lithium metal battery (up to 2 grams lithium), lithium-ion battery (up to 100 Wh). Charging not allowed on the plane. Prohibited Allowed
Lithium Metal Battery, installed in a device (up to 2 grams lithium) Allowed Allowed
Spare Lithium Metal Battery, not installed in a device (up to 2 grams lithium) Prohibited Allowed
Lithium Metal Battery, spare or installed in a device (over 2 grams lithium) Prohibited Prohibited
Lithium-Ion Battery, installed in a device (up to 100 watt-hours ) Allowed Allowed
Spare Lithium-Ion Battery, not installed in a device (up to 100 watt-hours) Prohibited Allowed
Up to 2 Spare Lithium-Ion Batteries, not installed in a device (100 - 160 watt-hours) operator's approval required. Prohibited Allowed
Lithium-Ion Battery, installed in a device (100 - 160 watt-hours), operator's approval required. Allowed Allowed

What about Battery Chargers?

You can pack battery chargers in checked bags and carry on luggage. As a precaution, do not pack non-rechargeable batteries in battery charger. This can be hazardous.

Is baby formula allowed on airplanes?

Baby formula, juices, and breast milk for toddlers and infants are allowed in reasonable amounts. These items are supposed to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings, therefore, remove them from your carry-on at the security checkpoint.

Inform the TSA officer before the screening process if you are carrying baby formula juice and breastmilk in excess of 3 ounces. Typically these fluids are scanned for clearance.

If an item appears to be in the grey area or does not seem to comply with the airlines' policies, subject to additional screening it is discarded or permitted on the airline.

For a quick security process, please check your airline's baggage policies as these are subject to change. Better to read them fresh before packing for your flight.

Safe travels!

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