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  1. Denis O'Connor
    December 19, 2023 @ 2:35 am

    Kaohsiung airline refused to allow a battery powered electric razor, norelco , in carryon bag on a local flight from Kaohsiung to Quemoy Island, 19 December 2023. No problem with iPhone power bank. Or telephone. Just the opposite of TSA rules. They said I had to put it in Checked bag.

    • Ali Garland, travel packing expert 20+ years
      December 20, 2023 @ 10:47 am

      So strange! I’m not familiar with that airline, but I’m sorry you had to deal with that.

  2. Vincent
    July 11, 2022 @ 3:33 pm

    Thank you. You answered my questions.

    • Ali Garland
      July 14, 2022 @ 5:22 pm

      Glad to help!

  3. Jan
    September 10, 2020 @ 6:36 pm

    Do you have to have original bottles for vitamins and medicine

    • Ali Garland
      September 13, 2020 @ 6:01 pm

      Hi Jan! If you’re just traveling within the US, I wouldn’t worry about it. TSA is not interested in your medicine or vitamins and they technically don’t require original packaging. However, if the medicine is a controlled substance, you’re better off having it in the original package. Also, if you’re traveling internationally, know that other countries could have different rules about medicines and you should use the original bottles, and it’s usually recommended that you bring a letter from your doctor explaining what you’re taking and why.

  4. carrying? OLSON
    February 20, 2020 @ 8:04 pm

    Taking my purse on the plane is it qualified as a carryon?

    • Ali Garland
      February 23, 2020 @ 8:01 pm

      Many airlines allow a carry on item plus a personal item, so your purse would count as a personal item. But not all airlines allow both, so make sure you check your airline’s carry on rules before your flight.

  5. Leonard gapusan
    January 29, 2020 @ 3:16 pm

    Electric hair clippers on carryon bag?

    • Ali Garland
      January 29, 2020 @ 4:53 pm

      Hi Leonard! The TSA website says hair clippers are allowed in carry on bags, so you should be fine.

  6. zonia
    October 26, 2019 @ 6:12 am

    Hi Can I take a can of meatballs in the carry on?

    • Ali Garland
      October 26, 2019 @ 12:18 pm

      Hi Zonia! If there’s liquid in the can, like a sauce or something, it might not be allowed because it’s probably over the 3.4 ounce/100ml limit. If these are homemade meatballs and you can store them in a container without any liquid, they should be fine. You can read more about bringing food on a plane here.

  7. Julie
    August 4, 2019 @ 4:09 am

    Hi! Can you take saline solution, hair spray and mousse in a carry on?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Ali Garland
      August 4, 2019 @ 12:41 pm

      Hi Julie! Yes, as long as each container is 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller and fits into your one quart liquids bag.

  8. Shari Lynn
    August 2, 2019 @ 6:01 am

    Hi Amy. I would like to take my cross stitch along on vacation. Will the airlines let me take it with the stitchery needle and small scissors?

    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2019 @ 3:19 pm

      Knitting needles and crochet needles are allowed, and I think cross stitch uses more normal type of sewing needles, right? Here’s what TSA says:

      “In general, you may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage. Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage.”

      So your needle should be fine, and the small scissors should be fine as long as they are shorter than 4 inches from the pivot point.

  9. Amy
    May 14, 2019 @ 10:32 pm

    How is a “disposable razor” defined? The cheaply made ones at the grocery store, like Bic? Or can I bring my regular, nice razor (NOT a straight edge), like a Gillette Fusion?

    • Ali Garland
      May 16, 2019 @ 8:54 pm

      Hi Amy! That kind of razor should be fine. It doesn’t have to be a cheapo disposable razor, but as long as it is that kind of style, where the part with the blades is in that little casing or whatever you want to call it, that’s allowed. They don’t want you bringing a straight razor, which is JUST the blade, because that really can be dangerous.

  10. kongkek besar
    April 8, 2019 @ 11:13 am

    can i bring usahawan LUXOR on the plane?

    • Ali Garland
      April 8, 2019 @ 1:51 pm

      I have no idea what that is.

    • Thomas
      December 13, 2022 @ 2:48 am

      I use a hair building fiber for my thin hair. Can pack this in my carry on.

      • Ali Garland
        December 13, 2022 @ 4:25 pm

        Hi Thomas! I’m not familiar with what that is, so it depends on a few things. Is it liquid? If so, you can pack it in your carry on, but it must be in a container that is 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller, and it must fit in your liquids bag. Are there any flammable liquids in it, like bleach? If so, it’s technically not permitted. I hope this helps!

  11. Roni
    April 2, 2019 @ 8:06 pm

    Hi! I am new to travelling and being adventurous and decided to do something spontaneous – and since I am not spontaneous and extremely nervous now LOL!
    so this was super helpful!!

    • Ali Garland
      April 3, 2019 @ 11:02 am

      Glad to help!

  12. Diane
    February 16, 2019 @ 4:27 pm

    Are you allowed to carry an eyebrow tweezer on the plane or would that be confiscated by an agent?