Traveling can be stressful enough without having to worry about what items are allowed in your carry-on luggage.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has specific rules regarding liquids that you can bring on a flight, but what about chapstick? Does TSA count chapstick as a liquid?
In this article, we will answer the question can you take chapstick on a plane and provide some additional information about TSA rules.
What are TSA liquid rules?
Before we answer the question about chapstick, let’s review the TSA liquid rules.
The TSA has a “3-1-1” rule for liquids in carry-on luggage. This means that liquids must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.
These containers must be placed in a clear, quart-sized bag with a zip-top. Each passenger is allowed one bag of liquids. This bag must be placed in a bin or on the conveyor belt for screening separately from other carry-on items.
Is chapstick considered a liquid?
Now, let’s get to the question at hand. Does TSA count chapstick as a liquid?
The answer is no, chapstick is not considered a liquid by the TSA. Chapstick, lip balm, and similar products are considered solids. They are not subject to the 3-1-1 rule for liquids so you can bring chapstick in your carry-on without placing it in your liquids bag.
Can you bring more than one chapstick?
While chapstick is not considered a liquid, there are still limits to how much you can bring.
The TSA allows passengers to bring as many chapsticks as they want in their carry-on, as long as they fit in their bag.
However, it is important to note that the TSA can still ask you to remove items from your carry-on bag for additional screening. If you have an excessive number of chapsticks or other items, you may be asked to remove them.
Are there any other rules regarding chapstick?
While chapstick is not subject to the 3-1-1 rule, there are still some rules that apply. For example, if you have a large container of lip balm, it may be subject to additional screening.
Additionally, if your chapstick has a liquid or gel-like consistency, it may be subject to the 3-1-1 rule. In general, if your chapstick is in solid form, you should have no problems bringing it on your flight.
What about other lip products?
So, we’ve established that chapstick is not considered a liquid by the TSA. But what about other lip products, such as lipstick or lip gloss?
The answer is that it depends on the product. If your lipstick or lip gloss is in a solid form, it is not subject to the 3-1-1 rule.
However, if it has a liquid or gel-like consistency, it is subject to the rule. This means that you must put it in your liquids bag and follow the 3-1-1 rule.
Can you take chapstick in your checked bags?
You can pack as much chapstick in your checked baggage as you can carry as there are no restrictions.
What should you do if you’re not sure?
If you’re not sure whether an item is considered a liquid by the TSA, there are a few things you can do.
You can also use the “What can I bring?” tool on the TSA’s website to search for specific items.
If you’re still not sure, you can contact the TSA directly. You can call the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673 or submit a question on the TSA’s website. You can also send a message to the TSA on social media. The TSA has accounts on Twitter and Facebook.