You are off on an important trip by air for a business meeting, or a social occasion, and you naturally want to look your best. But as it is only an overnight trip you don’t want to take checked baggage. So, you need to know if you can bring your hair straightener in your carry on bag.
The TSA rules state that you can take electric hair straighteners in carry on bags and also put them in your checked luggage. Gas-powered hair straighteners can only be carried in your hand luggage, not in checked luggage.
This is great news as you can ensure that you stay at your most presentable when you arrive and while you are away.
Can you take electric hair straighteners in carry on?
Yes, you can bring a hair straightener on a plane in carry on luggage with you without worrying provided it is electrically powered, either by means of a mains cord or a cordless battery-operated device.
You can normally leave these in your carry on bag when they go through the x-ray machine at the security checkpoint.
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.
If you are taking gas hair straighteners through the TSA security checkpoint then you would be well advised to take them out of your carry on bag and place them in a separate bin.
You should just bear in mind that the final decision remains with the individual TSA security agent about whether an item is allowed through checkpoints and on a plane.
What about other hair styling tools?
When we refer to hair straighteners we also include most other forms of hair styling tool.
This means that you can also bring a curling iron on a plane (including a butane curling iron) as well as a curling tong, flat iron, hair iron, hot rollers etc and all of these are treated exactly the same with gas-powered items only being allowed in hand luggage and not checked luggage.
Are hair straighteners allowed in checked bags?
Carrying anything bulky, particularly that have electric leads, that you cannot use while on board an aircraft is a waste of carry on luggage space. So if you are also taking a checked bag you should consider putting them in there. But can you put a hair straightener in checked bags?
Absolutely, you may put your hair straightener in your checked baggage, but only if it is the electric type and not a butane-powered hair straightener. For the TSA regulations relating to gas hair straighteners see below.
Can you take hair straighteners with a butane cartridge on a plane?
Butane gas-powered straighteners and curlers are allowed on board in your carry on bags. But the following restrictions apply
- you can only have one set of butane powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage
- the safety cover must be fitted to prevent accidental activation
- you cannot carry any spare butane canisters
You must remember though that a butane hair straightener is not allowed in checked bags.
The TSA state that you cannot carry spare gas cartridges in either hand luggage or in your checked luggage.
If you are likely to run out of gas while you are away you will have to try and buy a new gas cartridge at your destination. They are generally quite universal so that shouldn’t be too difficult..
This is a question from a passenger regarding the rules for carrying a spare butane cartridge and the TSA response confirming that it cannot be taken in either hand or checked luggage.
Can you use a hair straightener on a plane?
You are not permitted to use a butane hair straightener while on board and since you are unlikely to have access to a mains power supply then using a mains device with a cord would not be possible.
You could use a cordless battery-powered straightener during the flight. Obviously, you should be mindful of other passengers so this should be done only in the aircraft’s restroom where you will also have a mirror to see what you are doing.
Will my hair straighteners work if traveling internationally?
Electrical outlets overseas
Electrical sockets are not the same worldwide. US plugs will not fit in sockets in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere for example.
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.
Electricity voltages overseas
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.
Fortunately, many devices these days are designed to operate on dual voltage so they will work anywhere. However, this is not always the case.
You should check the specification of your hair straightener to determine if they are dual voltage or not to be sure otherwise you may arrive at your destination to find they may not work or could potentially be dangerous to use.
Travel hair flat iron/straighteners
If you check yours and find it is not dual voltage, or it is quite bulky, you may wish to consider buying one of the hair styling tools specially made for traveling which will work anywhere and will not take up too much hand luggage.
The LOVANI Mini Flat Iron Travel Size is one of the most popular flat iron available on Amazon:
Other hair styling tools and related items
I have specific articles which detail the rules regarding carrying other products you may use for your hair styling as follows: