Can you bring deodorant on a plane is certainly one of the most frequently asked questions passengers have regarding what you can and can’t carry with you on flights these days. The TSA rules can be quite confusing so I hope this article will make things clear for you.
You can bring deodorant on a plane but due to TSA rules, it does depend on a number of factors. These include such things as the type (spray, stick or gel), the size and whether it will be carried in checked baggage or carry on baggage. Any gel or spray deodorant in carry on baggage must be smaller than 3.4 ounces.
Quite often, when people ask this, the question that they are usually really interested in is can you bring deodorant in carry on so that they can use their favorite deodorant during the flight to freshen up. So I will answer that question first:
Can you bring deodorant on a plane in carry on luggage?
What size deodorant can you take on a plane depends on the type of deodorant it is. Basically they fall into two categories:
Spray, gel, roll-on, liquid, cream and paste deodorants
All other types, including aerosol deodorant, spray deodorants, gel deodorants, roll-on deodorants, liquid, cream and paste types, are all classed as liquids for the purposes of air travel so they fall within the Transportation Security Administration liquid rules.
What this means is they can be placed in carry on bags but only if the size is not greater than 3.4 ounces (100ml).
By this we are referring to the size of the container, not how much deodorant is actually contained in it. For example, you couldn’t carry a 200ml can of spray deodorant in your carry on bag that has only 75ml of deodorant left in it.
All these types of deodorant, that are within the size restrictions, must be carried in a clear resealable plastic bag along with all your toiletries that are classed as liquids.
It is possible to buy travel sized items, including deodorants that are allowed in hand luggage on Amazon if you can’t find any locally – travel-sized deodorants
Read my full article explaining the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule.
Solid stick deodorant
Firstly, solid stick deodorants are allowed in carry on luggage and it doesn’t matter about the size either since it is classed as a solid and not a liquid. Also powder and crystal deodorants are allowed, although I have never seen or heard of this type before, to be honest.
What is stick deodorant? It is a solid deodorant. Usually these are in containers that allow the solid stick to be moved up the container as it gets used. They are rather like glue sticks if you have used those.
These do not need to be put into the clear zip quart size plastic bags when carried in carry on luggage.
Buying deodorant after airport security
Many larger airports have many stores after passing through the airport security checkpoint to relieve you of your hard-earned money.
In some of these stores, you will probably be able to buy deodorant in regular size containers, not just travel sized deodorant. You can buy these and bring them on the plane with you since you have already cleared security.
Can you bring deodorant on a plane in checked baggage?
You can take any size and any type of deodorant in your checked luggage except for aerosols.
Any deodorant in aerosols carried in checked baggage must not exceed 70 fl. oz in total and each container must be 18 fl. oz or less.
The restrictions for hand luggage do not apply to baggage that is carried in the hold of an aircraft. They are not available to use during the flight if packed in your checked bags of course.
They should be securely wrapped to ensure they do not get discharged during the flight or when handled roughly by baggage handlers.
Don’t worry about your aerosol cans exploding in the aircraft’s hold as this will not happen. You can read my full article explaining why – Will aerosols explode in checked bags?
AskTSA if you are unsure
The TSA has a very useful service on Twitter where you can ask a specific question about what you can take on a plane and they will answer quickly. Here are some examples relating to carrying deodorant on a plane:
What other sprays are classed as liquids?
Almost anything in an aerosol can is treated the same as deodorant, which includes hairspray, suntan lotion, shaving cream, hair mouse, hair gel or insect spray.
Also any sprays that don’t use a propellant, such as pump-action sprays, are also treated as liquids, unsurprisingly, as they obviously contain liquids. These include perfume and eau de toilette although often these are small enough to fall under the 3.4 ounce (100ml) size restriction.
None of these can be any larger than 3.4oz/100ml and must be in your clear resealable plastic liquids bag to go through the security checkpoint.
How to take larger deodorants in carry on
Apart from taking deodorant on board the flight with you in your cabin luggage that conforms to all of the rules above, it is possible to take larger spray deodorants or aerosol cans on a plane with you, that you are not permitted to take through security.
Most large airports have numerous stores where you can be relieved of your money while passing the time waiting for your flight.
Some of these will sell toiletries, including aerosol and roll-on deodorants, and any you can buy in these stores can be taken on board with you, no matter how large they may be since you have already passed through security.
I hope this answers your questions regarding whether or not you can bring deodorant on a plane.
Can deodorant go through airport security?
Stick and solid deodorants of any size and any liquid type deodorants (aerosol, spray, get) that are no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) can go through the security checkpoint. Any other sizes must go in your checked bag.
Will TSA throw away deodorant?
Any deodorants that are considered a liquid, such as aerosol, spray or gel, that are larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) will be confiscated by TSA security and will be disposed of. So put them in your checked bag.
Does solid deodorant have to go in a quart clear plastic bag?
Since solid deodorants are not considered liquids it does not need to go in a liquids bag and can be left in your carry on bag.
Is antiperspirant treated the same as deodorant?
The TSA rules concerning antiperspirant are exactly the same as it is for deodorant. Bodysprays and other similar products are also handled in the same way. So any larger than 3.4 ounces must go in checked luggage.
Further airport security posts:
You may wish to read my other articles to see what you can carry on a plane: