Can You Bring Hair Straighteners in Carry On?


You are off on an important trip by air for a business meeting, or a social occasion, and naturally want to look your best but as it is only an overnight trip you don’t want to take a checked bag. So, you need to know if you can bring your hair straighteners, also known as a flat iron, in your carry on.

The TSA advise that you can take electric hair straighteners in carry on and also put them in your checked luggage. Gas powered hair straighteners can only be carried in your hand luggage, not in checked luggage.

Great news as you can ensure that you stay at your most presentable while you are away.

Can You Bring Hair Straighteners in Carry On

Can you take electric hair straighteners in carry on?

Yes, you can take your electric hair straighteners in carry on with you on the aircraft without worrying.

You can normally leave these in your carry on bag when they go though the x-ray machine. However, things change from time to time, so you won’t be wrong if you take your hair straighteners out of your carry on bag at the security checkpoint and place them in one of the trays to go through the x-ray machine.

Are hair straighteners allowed in checked bags?

Carrying anything bulky, particularly with electric leads, that you cannot use while on board an aircraft is a waste of carry on space if you are also taking a checked bag. But can you put a hair straightener in checked bags?

Absolutely, you may put your hair straighteners in your checked baggage, but only if they are the electric type and not butane gas powered hair straighteners. For gas powered hair straighteners see below.

Can you take hair straighteners with a butane cartridge on a plane?

Gas powered hair straighteners and curlers (usually butane) are allowed on board in your carry on bag. But the following restrictions apply

  • you have only one set of gas powered hair straighteners in hand luggage
  • the safety cover is fitted so it cannot be accidentally activated
  • you cannot carry spare gas canisters

But butane hair straighteners are not allowed in checked bags.

You cannot carry spare gas cartridges in either carry on or in your checked bags. If you are likely to run out of gas while you are away you will have to try and buy a new gas cartridge wherever you are.

#AskTSA Advice

Can You Bring Hair Straighteners in Carry On? 1

Will my hair straighteners work if traveling internationally?

Can You Bring Hair Straighteners in Carry On? 2

Electrical sockets are not the same worldwide. US plugs will not fit in sockets in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere for example.

Can You Bring Hair Straighteners in Carry On? 3

You will probably need to purchase a travel adapter so you can charge or use your devices, including hair straighteners, when traveling overseas.

The most popular is the Ceptics World Travel Power Adapter – 3 USB Ports Wall Charger Type I C G A Outlets 110V 220V A/C – 5V D/C – EU Euro US UK. This will allow you to plug your devices into sockets overseas. It also has 3 USB sockets to charge phones, laptops, tablets etc without taking a different one for each.

One more thing you need to be aware of is that most US devices operate on 110 volts, whereas in most other countries they use 220-240 volts. Now many devices these days are designed to operate on dual voltage so they will work anywhere. However this is not always the case so you should check the specification of your hair straighteners to be sure otherwise you may arrive at your destination may not work or could potentially be dangerous to use.

Other hair related items

The rules regarding carrying other tools and products you may use for your hair are as follows:

  1. Curling Iron
  2. Hair dryer
  3. Hairspray
  4. Dry shampoo

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The complete guide to passing through airport security quickly

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John Parker

I have been traveling around the world since the early 70s and living overseas too. I have also been a private pilot for many years. About me page - https://travel-easier.com/about-me-travel-easier/

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