Many people probably wouldn’t even think to question whether or not they can bring Lysol on a plane, but might be surprised to find out that it’s actually not allowed.
Both the TSA and the FAA prohibit you from taking Lysol on a plane in spray or aerosol form in either your carry on or in your checked baggage. This is because it is considered a hazardous liquid. Lysol wipes are allowed because they’re not considered a liquid.
The following will give you full details of what disinfectant spray types you can take in carry on or checked baggage on a plane.
Can you take Lysol through airport security
Under the Transportation Security Administration rules, you cannot take Lysol through airport security in liquid form in either an aerosol can or any other type of spray. This is irrespective of whether the Lysol is “travel size Lysol” ie. in a container no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) or in a larger container.
The reason for this is that Lysol is considered a flammable liquid so is banned on the grounds of being hazardous.
The FAA booklet regarding carrying hazardous materials clearly identifies Lysol as being not allowed on page 4 (see image above).
Rather worryingly, I have seen on a few websites that they state the TSA does allow Lysol liquids but I have double-checked with the TSA and it certainly isn’t.
Me to TSA: “I have seen conflicting information as to whether Lysol can be taken on a plane. Can you clarify?
TSA Response: “Thanks for asking! Flammable aerosol cleaning sprays aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags. Please see add’l FAA guidance at: FAA Hazmat_booklet.pdf Please note that some of these products may only be flammable because of the propellant gases used in the aerosol. However, non-aerosol versions of these products are allowed in checked bags. For awareness, disinfecting wipes are allowed in both carry-on and checked bags. There are no size or quantity limits. You don’t have to place these items in the single quart-sized liquids bag.”
The TSA offers a very good service on Twitter and Facebook, both called @AskTSA, 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 Lysol:
Can you take Lysol in your carry on bag?
As stated above, Lysol cannot be taken through airport security, so it is not permitted in hand luggage. Unlike many other liquids, such as deodorant or antiperspirant, which can often be purchased in stores after passing through the TSA checkpoint, Lysol will not be available for purchase in these stores (or it shouldn’t be).
Can you take Lysol on a plane in your checked baggage?
You cannot bring Lysol in any liquid form, even travel size Lysol, in your checked baggage as it is considered a hazardous and potentially flammable liquid.
Can you bring Lysol wipes on a plane?
Fortunately, Lysol wipes and other types of wipes can be taken on a plane in carry on bags, to be used during the flight to clean your airplane seat, your family’s airplane seats or to enable hand washing. All types of wet wipes are also permitted in checked luggage.
Lysol and other types of wet wipes are permitted in hand luggage in any quantity as can be seen in the TSA’s reply to a passenger asking about Lysol disinfecting wipes below:
As well as Lysol wipes the same applies to wet wipes, baby wipes and other disinfectant wipes.
Can you take other types of disinfectant sprays through airport security?
You are permitted to carry other, non-flammable types of disinfectant spray in your hand luggage provided it is in a container that is no larger than 3.4 oz (100 ml).
The following is a quote from a TSA article regarding staying healthy when flying by carrying disinfectant wipes and disinfectant spray on a plane:
Disinfectant sprays: You are allowed to carry sprays in your carry-on bag as long as they do not exceed 3.4 oz. Pack larger sizes in your checked luggage.TSA – staying healthy when traveling
Due to the current situation with the pandemic, the TSA rules regarding the way they control sprays, and in particular hand sanitizer, have been temporarily modified by allowing larger containers up to 12 fluid ounces to be taken through security.
They will still not allow Lysol though, except in the form of disinfectant wipes.
This is an example response to a passenger’s question regarding being able to carry hand sanitizer:
Note: You should be aware that the rules regarding liquids for everything else have not changed. To find out what these rules are read How much liquid can you take on a plane?
What other liquids are not permitted on a plane?
Although these items are not always contained in aerosols (but can be) they are not allowed either:
- Fly spray/insecticides (Allowed in checked baggage as long as they are not labeled as hazardous material (HAZMAT))
- Personal protection sprays (You are only allowed one container of self defense spray in your hold luggage and it cannot be larger than 4 oz/118ml. It must be fitted with a safety catch to ensure it does not go off by accident. They are not allowed if the they contain greater than 2 percent of tear gas in them)
- Spray paint
- Spray oils and penetration spays
- Cooking sprays
- Spray starch
- Tear gas
- Fire extinguishers
- CO2 Cartridges
- Recreational Oxygen
Don’t even attempt to take Lysol on a plane unless it is in the form of Lysol wipes. Have a great trip.