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  1. Sherri Griffith
    October 7, 2020 @ 5:42 pm

    Can I take a disinfecting light wand in my carry-on bag.

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    • Ali Garland
      October 8, 2020 @ 4:54 pm

      Hi Sherri! I’m not really sure about that one. I can’t find anything one way or the other on the TSA website, but given the number of safety concerns I’ve read about with using them, I’m not sure if it would be permitted. Your best option is to contact TSA through Twitter or Facebook and ask them directly. Also be sure to read my article about taking disinfectant wipes on a plane and how to disinfect your airplane seat.

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    • Ginger
      April 23, 2021 @ 7:56 pm

      I sent a question to AskTSA through messenger, and I got a reply that I could take my disinfecting wand in my carry on bag, but that was about 5 months ago. Since things change, I would ask again.

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      • Ali Garland
        April 26, 2021 @ 12:35 pm

        Exactly, things change frequently so it’s always good to verify. I try to keep these articles as up to date as possible, but disinfecting wands are a little outside my experience.

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  2. Stacie
    March 25, 2020 @ 8:23 am

    Can i bring a minnie nintado game system and also makeup and electronic shaver ?

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    • Ali Garland
      March 25, 2020 @ 11:47 am

      Hi Stacie! Yes, gaming systems are allowed in your carry on luggage. Security might ask you to take it out of your bag and put it in a bin to be screened separately, like your laptop or liquids bag, but they are allowed. Electric shavers are allowed in carry on luggage, please read about taking razors on a plane. Makeup is allowed, just be aware of which items are liquid and put them in your liquids bag. Read more about bringing makeup on a plane.

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  3. C.
    January 4, 2020 @ 10:18 pm

    Just a brief heads-up for people who might travel to south Asia (specifically Nepal). I brought several adapters and my curling iron as well as my hand dryer. The hand dryer blew a fuse in my hotel so I stopped using it. The curling iron never worked, and when I came home, it was broken completely. There is electricity in Kathmandu but it isn’t anything like it is in a developed country; it goes out a lot, and even more so in remote areas. We stayed a few days in a jungle resort in western Nepal, and every day we saw people working on the electric wiring with their own tools making sparks fly all over. It surely is interesting, but you gotta go with the flow.

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    • Ali Garland
      January 13, 2020 @ 10:51 am

      Thanks, definitely some places around the world where it’s best to not bring a hair dryer or other similar electronics.

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  4. Brittany
    December 3, 2019 @ 1:04 am

    Flying for the first time for a wedding so I have to look my best will I be able to take my hair and face oils carry on?

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    • Ali Garland
      December 3, 2019 @ 12:01 pm

      Hi Brittany! Oils are considered liquids, so they can only go in your carry on luggage if the containers are 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller per container, and all containers must fit in a 1 quart (1 liter) clear zip top bag. So a container that’s 6 ounces will not be permitted, even if it’s almost empty. And you can only have one liquids bag. If your oils are too big, you can either buy travel sized refillable bottles (just make sure they’re ok to use with oil) or you’d have to pack them in your checked luggage.

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  5. karen cullum
    October 14, 2019 @ 9:18 pm

    can i take diet whey please

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    • Ali Garland
      October 15, 2019 @ 11:21 am

      Hi Karen! If the whey is in liquid form, it must comply with the liquids rule to go in your carry on. If it’s in powder form, TSA has a new rule about powders that says “Starting June 30, 2018, if you are traveling from an international last-point-of-departure to the U.S., powder-based substances in carry-on baggage greater than 350mL or 12 oz. may require additional screening at the central checkpoint. Powder-like substances over 12 oz. or 350mL in carry-on that cannot be resolved at the central checkpoint will not be allowed onto the cabin of the aircraft and will be disposed of. For your convenience, place powders in your checked bag.”

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  6. Mike Chambers
    October 5, 2019 @ 8:25 pm

    Hi. Can I take a potable travel humidifier in my hand luggage
    Thanks
    Mike

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    • Ali Garland
      October 7, 2019 @ 4:18 pm

      Hi Mike! I can’t find anything on the TSA site specifically about humidifiers, but I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t be allowed. Just make sure it’s completely empty, no water left in it at all.

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  7. Janice
    September 16, 2019 @ 6:22 pm

    I have a stick form of foundation from Bare Minerals what TSA bag due I store it in? Could I carry this foundation stick in my handbag? Thank you. Janice

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    • Ali Garland
      September 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am

      So I keep reading about their stick foundation as “liquid foundation in a stick” which might just be how they describe it or it might really be considered a liquid. So I’m not 100% sure on this one. If you can fit it in your liquids bag, you might want to do that to be safe. If the consistency of the stick is similar to a normal lipstick, you could try to pass it off as a solid and then just put it anywhere in your carry on bag, but I can’t give you a definite answer on that one. You could also ask TSA directly through their Twitter or Facebook profile.

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      • Deborah
        November 9, 2020 @ 5:28 pm

        Can I carry on vitamins and in their original bottles

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        • Ali Garland
          November 11, 2020 @ 11:04 am

          Hi Deborah! Yes, vitamins are allowed in your carry on bag. It’s best to keep them in their original containers, but for domestic travel within the US, TSA isn’t going to be concerned with vitamins. It’s only an issue if you’re traveling to another country, in which case, you should research the rules of the country you’re going to.

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  8. D seeders
    September 14, 2019 @ 5:35 pm

    Can i carry on underseat bag my white noise machine or my white noise cancell machine??

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    • Ali Garland
      September 16, 2019 @ 1:35 pm

      Electronics like those should be fine. It’s always possible the security agent wants you to take them out of your bag for closer screening, but that’s about it.

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  9. Jayne parker
    August 27, 2019 @ 5:13 pm

    Hi can you take hairdryer straighteners n iron n travel kettle in your hand luggage flying from Doncaster to benidorm .

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    • Ali Garland
      August 28, 2019 @ 4:18 pm

      Hi Jayne! As long as they all fit in your carry on baggage, they are all fine to bring. Just remember Spain and the UK use different plug styles.

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  10. Shilan
    August 27, 2019 @ 12:24 am

    Hello, can I carry my her in my hair dryer and Straightner carry on bag travelling from Australia to UK AND ITALY & Santorini ?

    Thanks

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    • Ali Garland
      August 27, 2019 @ 1:12 pm

      Hi Shilan! Yes, you should be fine to pack your hair dryer and hair straightener in your carry on bag from Australia and within Europe.

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  11. Sandra K Decker
    August 14, 2019 @ 11:00 pm

    Can CBD Oil be taken in a carry on bag? It does not contain THC

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  12. Nadene Sanders
    July 30, 2019 @ 7:59 pm

    Hello, can I carry an extension cord in my carry on bag

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    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2019 @ 12:43 pm

      Hi Nadene, you sure can!

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  13. Erica Nunez
    June 4, 2019 @ 1:47 am

    Can I pack a blow dryer diffuser? Not bringing a blow dryer just a diffuser

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    • Ali Garland
      June 5, 2019 @ 4:53 am

      Hi Erica! It’s just an attachment, so that’s fine.

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  14. Sabrina Broach
    May 31, 2019 @ 5:56 pm

    Can you take candy in your carry on for diabetes in case sugar get low?

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    • Ali Garland
      June 1, 2019 @ 6:52 am

      Yep, you sure can!

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  15. Fergus
    May 29, 2019 @ 4:10 pm

    Can l take a corded electric sander in other words not battery operated, but 240 volts in my carry on bag? Thankyou

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    • Ali Garland
      May 31, 2019 @ 10:31 am

      Hi Fergus! I can’t find “electric sander” specifically on the TSA website, but they do say that power tools that are 7 inches or shorter when assembled are allowed, longer than 7 inches must go in your checked luggage: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/tools. Tools that can be used as a weapon (hammer, saw, etc.) are not allowed in carry-on.

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      • Fergus
        May 31, 2019 @ 11:11 am

        Thankyou.

        Fergus

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  16. Mandy
    January 21, 2019 @ 9:06 pm

    I am traveling for work and they are requiring me to have my steel toe boots. Am I allowed to have those in my carry on? I don’t plan on having any checked bags.

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    • Ali Garland
      January 23, 2019 @ 11:02 am

      Hi Mandy! Yes, you can pack steel toe boots in your carry on.

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