Rules for Flights in the USA
Condoms are allowed in hand and checked baggage in United States aircraft without any packing or quantity restrictions. Although some condoms have lube, they aren’t considered liquids and aren’t subject to the liquids rule when traveling in carry-on baggage.
Rules for Flights in Other Countries
Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, China, and India
Not specified, but generally, condoms are allowed inside hand and cargo baggage on Canadian, European, UK, Australian, New Zealand, Chinese, and Indian flights without any restrictions. Although some condoms might contain lube, the quantity is minimal, so they’re treated similarly to wipes and face masks, which are allowed without limitations.
Sources: For writing this article, we took information only from official sources, like airline regulators, government websites, and major airlines. If you want to confirm that our information is accurate and up to date, click on any of the links mentioned above. We linked out to where we found this information for each country.
Disclaimer: The final decision of whether you can bring condoms onboard airplanes always rests on the security officer. Some airlines also have additional rules that may be different.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bringing Condoms on Planes
Do condoms count as liquids in hand luggage?
Condoms don’t count as a liquid in hand luggage in the United States. Although some condoms have lube inside the package, the quantity is not enough for TSA to consider condoms liquids. Overall, they are treated the same way wet wipes and sheet masks are treated when going through security.
Is it better to pack condoms in hand or checked luggage?
Overall, it’s better to pack condoms in hand luggage when traveling in the United States. While passengers might worry about condoms counting as liquids, or being exposed by an agent during an inspection, it’s safer to pack condoms on hand luggage. Condoms are susceptible to changes in temperature in the cargo cabin which could potentially affect their efficacy later.
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Do I need to take out condoms when going through security?
In general, you don’t need to take out your condoms when going through security in airports in the United States. TSA mostly asks travelers to take out electronics larger than a cellphone and their bag of liquids when going through airport security. Since condoms don’t count as liquids, you don’t have to worry about taking them out, unless an agent asks you to specifically do so.
Can I also bring lube on a plane?
Yes, you can bring lube in hand and checked luggage when traveling in the United States. However, when you pack lube in hand luggage, it’s subject to the 3-1-1 liquids rule. This means your lube must be under 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters, and it should be packed together with other toiletries in a clear TSA approved toiletry bag.