Can You Bring Cologne on a Plane?

Flying in a cramped aircraft cabin, particularly on along haul flight, doesn’t exactly make you feel at your best. So being able to give yourself a spray of your favorite cologne during the flight can go a long way to making you feel a little more human.

You can bring a bottle of cologne on a plane in your carry on luggage or checked bags. The TSA liquids rule applies which means you can only take it in your hand luggage if it is no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml). You can bring bottles of any size in your checked bags.

Hopefully I have answered all of the questions you may have about bringing cologne with you on a plane with you below as well as eau de cologne or scented toilet water (which are basically the same thing).

Can You Bring Cologne on a Plane

Can you bring cologne through airport security in your carry on bag?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows you to carry cologne in your carry on bags through the security checkpoint, but you need to comply with how much cologne you can take based on the strict TSA liquid rules.

Colognes can be quite expensive so the last thing you need is for a security agent to confiscate it. It often does come in bottles that are larger than the 3.4 oz (100 ml) containers that are allowed so make sure you check the size of yours before packing it in your carry on luggage or your purse.

The specific guidelines of the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule for air travel are mentioned below:

  1. The bottle of cologne should be no larger than 3.4 oz (or 100ml).
  2. The cologne should be stored in a quart size liquids bag along with any other perfume bottles, toiletries, gels, shaving cream, creams and liquids.
  3. Airport security only allows one resealable quart size bag for liquids per passenger.

Also don’t forget any cologne you may have in your purse if you are carrying that separately from your carry on baggage. This also applies to cologne in aerosols.

You can always check with the TSA using their very helpful service on Twitter called #AskTSA where they will reply to any questions about what can be taken on an aircraft. This is a question regarding taking cologne on a plane in hand luggage:

Can you take cologne through airport security in your carry on

If you intend to take cologne in your hand luggage, then you need to be cautious of the amount each liquid item in your quart-sized bag contains. Generally, a quart-sized toiletries bag can only carry approximately 7 travel-sized bottles.

Exception

You can take larger cologne bottles through airport security if you have arrived from overseas and are now catching an onward domestic flight and need to pass through security again.

If you bought some cologne at a duty-free store in your departure airport (or duty-free perfume or some other liquid duty-free items) and it is still unopened in the tamper-evident bag that it would be supplied in by the duty-free stores, then that will be allowed.

Can you take cologne on board in your carry on bag?

Although we have already mentioned that you cannot take a container of cologne that is larger than 3.4 oz through airport security, you can actually take a larger bottle than that on the aircraft with you.

The reason for that is you can purchase it in one of the stores at the airport (perhaps some duty-free perfume or duty-free cologne at the duty-free airport shops if traveling internationally) after you pass through the security checkpoint.

Most airlines, particularly when flying internationally, don’t miss a trick to get a few extra bucks out of you by bringing around a trolley selling perfumes, colognes, aftershave etc so you can also buy some then.

The same thing applies to any other liquids such as water, deodorant, sun cream, body lotion etc.

Can you take duty-free cologne on board in your carry on

Can you use cologne while on board?

Of course you can use cologne on the flight as there are no regulations to say that you cannot.

However, when you are traveling on a plane, you should be considerate and careful of your fellow passengers.

Spraying cologne on a plane could be very uncomfortable for other passengers as some might suffer from asthma, migraine and other allergies that can be aggravated by highly scented fragrances of colognes or perfumes.

Even if you don’t have any allergies, aircraft seats are very cramped and I certainly wouldn’t be happy if the person sitting next to me suddenly sprayed me with their cologne.

Just don’t go haywire when spraying it on yourself.

Can you bring cologne on a plane in checked luggage?

If you want to pack your cologne in your checked baggage then you can almost without restriction as the strict liquids rules only apply to your carry on bags when passing through airport security.

The bottle or bottles of cologne need to be stored very carefully in your suitcase because the last thing you want is for the bottle to leak or break as your clothes will have an overwhelming smell for the duration of your trip.

So when packing cologne in checked baggage, make sure to place it in a plastic bag and with things that will pad it out to prevent breakage.

This is a reply from the #AskTSA service confirming that a container of cologne over 3.4 ozs can go in checked baggage:

Can you bring cologne on a plane in checked luggage

How can I pack cologne for a flight?

Packing a bottle of cologne for a flight is easy so you just need to take care of a few essential steps:

  • Before packing, make absolutely sure that the bottle of cologne is properly closed with either the stopper on tight or if a pump action that it has a cap to prevent it being pressed accidentally.
  • If packing the cologne in checked baggage then put the bottle or bottles in separate transparent zip lock bags to avoid any breakage or friction between the bottles during travel. Distribute these separate bottles amongst your clothes or inside shoes to protect them.
  • If you are taking the cologne in your hand luggage, then it will have to go in your one quart-sized ziplock bag.
  • In case you are taking cologne in your checked luggage. wrap them nicely in bubble wrap or place the zip lock bag in-between soft clothing deep inside the bag. This step helps in reducing the chances of breakage of bottles during travel.

Conclusion

Cologne is an essential item for many people to take in their carry on bag with them while traveling on long flights.

According to TSA regulations, as long as cologne bottles comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, then they can be taken through airport security. This means the container or bottle of the cologne should be no larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 ml.

Be careful when spraying cologne when you are on the flight. It may be highly uncomfortable for other passengers.

While packing cologne in your check-in luggage, make sure you pack it effectively to avoid any type of breakage or spillage of the cologne.

FAQs

Can you carry cologne in your purse?

Yes, you can put cologne in your purse or handbag as long as it complies with TSA liquid rules.

Will cologne explode on a plane?

No, according to the TSA and the FAA colognes are not flammable substances so are safe to bring on a plane.

Can you take more than one bottle of cologne in your carry on?

You can take as many bottles as you wish in your carry on provided that they are no larger than 3.4 fluid ounces each and that they all fit in your resealable quart-size liquid bag

Can you bring spray cologne on a plane?

The TSA permits spray cologne to be taken in hand luggage if no larger than 3.4 ozs and any size cologne is permitted in a checked bag.

Can you bring aftershave on a plane?

The TSA permits aftershave to be taken in carry on if the bottle it is in is no larger than 3.4 ozs. Any size aftershave is permitted in a checked bag.

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