Can You Take a Razor on a Plane? The TSA Rules Explained

One of the most frequently asked questions about what you can take on board a plane in carry on baggage, according to the TSA, is the rule applying to carrying a razor on a plane in carry on bags.

TSA rules permit passengers to take a razor on a plane in carry on provided it is either a disposable razor or a razor with the blade in a cartridge. If it has separate blades, such as a safety razor or it is a cut throat or straight razor then these are only permitted in checked luggage.

Can you bring razors on a plane in hand luggage is certainly an important question if you are taking a long flight, particularly overnight, and want to feel more human before you land.

Perhaps you need to go straight to a crucial meeting on arrival, so having a shave can certainly be important.

So what are the rules? ….

What razors can you take in hand luggage?

Can you take a razor on a plane in hand luggage. Are shaving razors allowed in carry on bags on a plane
You are allowed to take cartridge razors on board

Whether you can take particular types of razors on board an aircraft is a matter for the individual agents at the airport security checkpoint.

According to the TSA, there are two types of wet razor you can take on board an aircraft with you and this applies whether they are single-bladed or the more common multi-bladed types:

  1. Disposable razors. A disposable razor is the type that come as a complete unit, including the blade and the handle, and the whole thing is thrown away when finished with.
  2. Cartridge disposable razors (such as Gillette Fusion). These are the type where you just change the cartridge containing the blade/s but keep the handle part to use again.

You can also take electric razors on a plane in hand and checked luggage.

What razors can’t you take in hand luggage?

safety razor on a plane
You cannot take this kind of safety razor in carry on

You cannot take a wet razor in hand luggage if it falls into one of the following categories:

  • If it holds a separate blade, in other words, the older style razor with replaceable blades, such as the one below, which are known as safety razors.
  • Cut throat or barber’s razors. These are the types that were used mainly in days gone by (you see them in old Westerns all the time) where there is a large blade that normally folds into a handle

However, you can carry either of these types of razor in your checked hold baggage, not that it is very useful to you if you want to shave on the aircraft but you can use it when you reach your destination..

AskTSA advice on carrying razors on board

You can ask the Transportation Security Administration about any items you are unsure of that you may wish to take in your carry on or checked bags on Twitter using the #AskTSA hashtag. This is a reply regarding razors:

TSA advice on taking a razor on a plane

This is the TSA link in the reply – Safety Razors and Disposable Razors

Other things the TSA has to say about carrying razors on a plane:

Razors. There’s a lot of confusion out there as to what types of razors are OK to pack in your carry-on baggage. So people ask us about this one all the time.

Safety Razors: Because the razor blades are so easy to remove, safety razors are not permitted in your carry-on luggage with the blade. They’re fine to pack in your carry-on without the blade. The blades must be stored in your checked luggage. The same applies for straight razors.

Disposable Razors: Disposable razors come in two types. The kind that is completely disposable (handle and all), or the kind where you replace them with cartridges. These are permissible in carry-on luggage with the blade and replacement cartridges.

Electric Razors: Electric razors are permitted in both checked and carry-on bags.

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Can you take spare razor cartridges on a plane?

You can pack as many spare cartridges for your razor as you need and carry them in your carry on and checked baggage.

If you are taking the cartridges in a carry on bag you will have no problems getting them through the airport security checkpoint.

Can you take a straight razor on a plane?

Straight razor on a plane in carry on
Even Sweeney Todd can’t take these on board

For obvious reasons, in today’s security conscious world, under no circumstances can you bring any form of cut-throat, barber’s, or straight razors on a plane in your carry on luggage.

That would apply even if your name is Sweeney Todd.

It is easy to see that these would be considered something of a security hazard, well these days anyway.

However, even Sweeney Todd would be allowed to bring a razor like this on board an aircraft if it was packed in his suitcase and travels as checked luggage.

Particularly if you are taking a soft sided bag, you should ensure that the razor is well protected so that it cannot protrude through the side of the bag and potentially injure a baggage handler.

TSA bring a straight razor on a plane

Can you shave on a plane?

Being able to bring razors in carry on, along with shaving cream, is one thing but are you allowed to actually shave during the flight.

Fortunately, most airlines are unlikely to object to you having a shave during the flight. Of course, most airlines have tiny restrooms with even smaller sinks so having a shave in such a confined space will not be that easy.

Please be considerate to the other passengers who might use the restroom after you my ensuring that you clean up after you. No one wants to go in the restroom after you to see shaving cream and your whiskers everywhere.

Perhaps taking an electric razor might be a better option as you could actually shave .

Can you bring a Gillette razor on an airplane?

Provided the Gillette razor is of the cartridge type then you can take it on a plane in your carry on and checked baggage.

If it is an older Gillette razor that takes a safety blade (ie blades not held in a cartridge) then you can only carry these in your checked baggage to go in the aircraft’s hold.

Can you bring spare safety razor blades on a plane?

If you intend taking a spare blade pack for your razor with you they will have to be packed in your checked bags, along with any safety razors themselves.

Safety razor blades are not permitted to be taken on board the aircraft with you in your carry on bag and will be confiscated at airport security if you attempt to take them.

Can you bring shaving cream on a plane?

Being able to carry your disposable razor on board isn’t much use to you if you can’t also take shaving cream or something similar on board in your carry on bag too.

Shaving cream, shaving gel and shaving foam are all treated as being liquids under the TSA rules. This means that you can bring them in your carry on but the size of the container cannot be greater than 3.4 ounces (or 100ml).

It must also fit into one quart sized clear plastic, zip-top liquids bag, along with any other 3.4 ounce liquids you may be carrying, to pass through airport security.

You can buy the small cans of shaving foam or shaving gel in most drug stores and supermarkets, or failing that, at airports.

You can, of course, take full sized items with you but these must be in your checked baggage, otherwise they will be confiscated by security if you try to take them with you on board.

Don’t worry about your shaving cream as aerosol cans will not explode in checked bags

Can you bring shaving cream on a plane?

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