Can You Bring Hair Gel on a Plane?

Hair gel is an important part of many people’s hair care routine so if they are going on a trip by plane then it is clear that they will want to find out f they can take it with them.

There are different restrictions on taking hair care products that are considered a liquid if you will be placing them in your carry on bag or your checked bags.

To ensure yours is not confiscated the following will fully explain the rules.

Can You Bring Hair Gel on a Plane

Can you take hair gel through airport security?

The bad news is that hair gel is treated as a liquid under TSA rules so you are restricted on the size of hair gel you can take with you through the TSA security checkpoint.

Any container of hair gel must be no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 mi) otherwise it will be confiscated by a TSA agent and disposed of.

This also means that the container of hair gel must be placed in your quart-sized bag together will all your liquid toiletries to go through the x-ray screening process. This bag should be placed separately in a security bin from your carry on bag.

Only one quart size bag containing liquids is permitted per passenger.

The same TSA hair gel rules apply to hair wax, hair mousse, hair cream and hair lotion. So be careful with the sizes of any of those you want to take in your carry on bags too and also ensure they go in your clear plastic bag for liquids.

@AskTSA Service

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers a very good service on Twitter and Facebook where you can ask a specific question about whether you can take something through the security checkpoint and they will respond quickly.

This is an example response to a passenger’s question regarding carrying hair gel through airport security:

Can You Bring Hair Gel on a Plane

There are no exceptions!

This passenger is asking if, for some bizarre reason, an exception can be made to the 3.4 ounce rule for her 4-ounce Blueberry hair paste.

Why she should believe an exception should be made I cannot imagine. Anyway, the answer was “No!”

Can you take hair gel through airport security

Does hair gel have to be in its original container?

This passenger is asking if they can put their hair putty in a smaller tin to take gel on a plane? The TSA responded that it can be in any type of container, provided it is 3.4 ounces or less.

Does hair gel have to be in its original container

Can you pack hair gel in your checked luggage?

If you don’t intend to use your hair gel during the flight, and you have a checked bag then packing hair gel and any other hair product in your suitcase is probably a good idea, rather than in your carry on luggage.

There are no restrictions on the size of any liquids or gels you can pack in your checked baggage, within reason. So you can bring hair gel and take almost anything else you want with you to stay looking at your best while you are away.

If you want to bring hair products in your checked luggage the only restriction is the size of hair spray in aerosols. You can bring hairspray in checked bags provided they are no larger than 70 ounces.

This passenger is asking if they can bring a 13 ounce bottle of gel in their checked bag:

Can you pack hair gel in your checked luggage

Can you use hair gel while on board?

Provided it is small enough to allow you to take it with you through the TSA checkpoint then you can certainly use your favorite hair gel on a plane during the flight.

Don’t forget that at most large airports you may be able to buy gel and other hair products in a store at the airport after passing through security. You are not restricted on the size of hair gel

Conclusion

You should have no problems bringing hair gel on a plane with you when traveling in your carry on bag provided you comply with the size rules above and pack them in a quart sized bag.

Have a good and stress free flight.

FAQs

Will TSA confiscate hair gel?

If you try to bring hair gel through airport security in your carry on bag that is in a container larger than 3.4 ozs (100 ml) or not in a clear bag for liquids then it will be confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration security agent at the checkpoint.

Does hair gel count as liquid for TSA?

Hair gel is classed as a liquid under the TSA liquids rule so it has to comply with all of the restrictions such as being in a container that is 3.4 ounces or less if being taken in a carry on bag through the security checkpoint. You can bring hair gel in your checked bags without restriction.

Can I bring hair pomade on a plane?

You can bring hair pomade on a plane in hand luggage if the container is no larger than 3.4 ounces and provided it is contained in a single quart size plastic bag for liquids. Also hair pomade can be packed in checked baggage without any size restrictions.

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