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Can You Bring Perfume on a Plane? What the TSA Tells Us

The AAA recently projected that 55.4 million Americans would travel for Thanksgiving this year - of which 4.69 million would travel by plane. After recovering from the difficult and challenging COVID-19 pandemic, it's relieving and exciting to see airlines finally again bracing for record Thanksgiving air travel. It represents somewhat of a return to normalcy at long last.

Naturally, this has led many of our Fragrance Familia shoppers to reach out and ask us, "Can I bring my perfume on a plane?"  Let's dive right into it and explore the rules and regulations surrounding traveling in the air with perfumes and colognes.

Understanding TSA Guidelines on Traveling with Perfumes

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has specific guidelines for carrying liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes on flights. These guidelines apply to your beloved scents as well.

  • The 3-1-1 Rule: This is the golden rule for carrying liquids in your carry-on baggage. Each traveler is allowed to carry liquids in containers that hold 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. These containers must fit comfortably in one quart-sized, clear, zip-top bag. Remember, one bag per passenger.

  • Checked Baggage: If your fragrance bottles are larger than 3.4 ounces, you can pack them in your checked baggage. There's no limit to the quantity of liquids, gels, and aerosols you can pack here, as long as they are stored safely and do not violate any other aviation safety rules.

Tips for Packing Fragrances

  • Use Travel-Sized Bottles: For convenience, consider transferring your favorite scents into travel-sized bottles. Fragrance Familia offers a range of travel-sized options or refillable atomizers that are perfect for this purpose.

  • Protect Your Bottles: Wrap your fragrance bottles in bubble wrap or place them in a hard-shelled case to prevent breakage.

  • Avoid Leakage: Tighten the caps of your bottles and consider sealing them with plastic wrap to prevent any leaks.

International Flights and Varied Regulations

  • Check Destination Regulations: Different countries may have varying rules for carrying liquids on flights. Always check the regulations of your destination country and any countries you might transit through.

  • Duty-Free Purchases: If you purchase fragrances at duty-free shops, these are usually sealed in a tamper-evident bag. Keep the receipt visible and do not open the bag until you reach your final destination to comply with security requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions: Bringing Perfume on a Plane

Q: Can I bring my perfume or cologne in my carry-on?
A: Yes, as long as each container is 3.4 ounces or less and fits in a quart-sized bag.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of fragrance bottles I can bring?
A: In your carry-on, the limit is dictated by the size of your quart-sized bag. In checked luggage, there is no specific limit, but it's wise to pack them securely to prevent damage.

Q: Can I use my fragrance on the plane?
A: While you can, it’s considerate to refrain from using strong scents in the confined space of an aircraft, as some passengers may be sensitive to fragrances. Fragrance Familia suggests keeping it professional on a plane like you would in the office!

Traveling with your favorite fragrances from Fragrance Familia is certainly possible. By following the TSA guidelines and packing smartly, you can ensure that your journey is as fragrant as your destination.

Bon voyage, and don't forget to pack your scent sensibly!

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