Whether or not you can take deodorant on a plane is certainly one of the most frequently asked questions regarding what you can and can’t carry with you on flights these days. Restrictions can be quite confusing so I hope this article will make things clear to you.
You can bring deodorant on a plane but 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 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 take deodorant in hand luggage so that they can use it during the flight to freshen up. So I will answer that question first:
Can you take deodorant in hand luggage?
Firstly, stick deodorant is allowed in carry on and it doesn’t matter about the size either. 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 the solid type of deodorant we refer to here. 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 plastic bags when carried in hand luggage.
Spray, gel, roll-on, liquid, cream and paste deodorants
All other types of deodorants, including spray, gel, roll-on, liquid, cream and paste, are classed as liquids for the purposes of air travel so they fall within the general liquid rules. What this means is they can be carried in hand luggage 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 hand luggage 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. You can read more about these and what must be placed in them in our article “Best zip lock bags for air travel” or you can purchase our recommended zip lock bag here on Amazon.
Read my full article explaining what the maximum liquids you can carry on a plane and the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule.
It is possible to buy travel size deodorants which are allowed in hand luggage on Amazon if you can’t find any locally – travel sized deodorants
Can you take deodorant in checked baggage?
You can take any size and any type of deodorant in your checked bags. 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.
Any deodorant in aerosols carried in checked baggage must not exceed 70oz (68 fl. oz) in total and each container must be 18oz (16 fl. oz.) or less.
AskTSA if you are unsure
The TSA have 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:
Is antiperspirant treated the same as deodorant?
Yes, the security rules concerning antiperspirant are exactly the same as it is for deodorant. Body sprays and other similar products are also handled in the same way.
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 or insect spray.
Also any sprays that don’t use a propellant, such as pump action sprays, are 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 3.4ox (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 airport security.
Other options to take deodorant on a plane with you
Apart from taking deodorant on board the flight with you that conforms to all of the rules above, it is possible to take larger aerosol cans on a plane or spray deodorants with you, that you cannot take through security.
Most large airports these days have numerous stores where you can be relieved of your money while bored and passing the time waiting for your flight. Some of these will sell toiletries and any you buy in these stores can be taken on board with you, no matter how large they may be, since you have already passed through airport security.
I hope this makes this clearer for you as to whether you can bring deodorant on a plane.
Can deodorant go through airport security?
Stick deodorant 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 airport security checkpoint. Any other sizes must go in checked bags.
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 the TSA security and be disposed of.
Does solid deodorant have to go in quart bag?
Since solid/stick deodorant is not considered a liquid it does not need to go in a liquids bag and can be left in your carry on bag.
Further airport security posts:
You may wish to read my other airport security articles to see what you can carry on a plane: