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Perfumes and Carry-On Luggage: What's Allowed and What's Not

More Americans are expected to travel, either by plane or vehicle, this year compared to last. AAA forecasts that 7.5 million people will fly in the U.S. in late December. It'll be a busy holiday travel season. One question our Familia shoppers are keen to ask us is, "Are perfumes allowed on carry-on luggage." This is a very fair question, especially since many of our shoppers are traveling to attend Holiday parties or just want a good scent as they enjoy visiting family.

In the US, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has specific rules regarding perfumes and carry-on luggage when flying:

Carry-on Luggage:

    • 3-1-1 rule: All liquids, gels, and aerosols, including perfume, must be in containers of 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less.
    • Resealable bag: Place all liquid containers, including perfume, in a single, clear, plastic, quart-sized (1 liter) resealable bag. Each passenger is only allowed one such bag.
    • Container limit: The total capacity of all your liquid, gel, and aerosol containers, including perfume, cannot exceed 18 ounces (500 milliliters).
    • Larger containers: Larger perfume bottles (exceeding 3.4 ounces) can be checked in your luggage. The total capacity of all containers in checked luggage cannot exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces).

Additional points:

    • Unopened retail packages: You can bring unopened retail packages of perfume in your carry-on luggage, regardless of the quantity. However, the TSA may still inspect them.
    • Fragrance mists: Fragrance mists are considered liquids and fall under the 3-1-1 rule.
    • Aerosol perfumes: Aerosol perfumes are also subject to the 3-1-1 rule.

Here are some resources for more information:

Remember, these are general guidelines. It's always best to double-check with your specific airline or the TSA website before traveling to ensure you comply with the latest regulations.

Do you have experience with keeping smaller perfumes in your carry-on luggage? Please share in the comments!

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