Flights in the USA (Regulated by TSA and FAA)
Hair gel is allowed both in carry-on and checked luggage on flights in the United States. When traveling in carry-on luggage, the hair gel container should be under 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and it should be packed along with other toiletries in a clear one-quart size bag.
Flights in Canada (Regulated by CATSA)
Hairstyling gel is permitted on Canadian flights both in hand and checked baggage. When traveling in carry-on the hair gel container can’t go over 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and it should travel along with other toiletries in a clear, 1-liter resealable bag.
Flights in Europe (Regulated by IATA and EASA)
Not specified for hair gel, but most types of gels are allowed in carry-on baggage on European planes, as long as the gel container doesn’t go over 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and it’s packed in a transparent 1-liter resealable bag. There is no limit for hair gel on checked baggage.
Flights in the United Kingdom (Regulated by CAA)
Hair gel is allowed both in hand and hold baggage on United Kingdom planes. Hair gel in carry-on luggage is restricted to a 3.4 ounce / 100 milliliters limit and the container should travel in a clear resealable bag with other liquids.
Flights in Australia (Regulated by CASA)
Hair gels are allowed on Australian planes in hand and checked baggage with restrictions. When packed in hand luggage, the hairstyling gel container should be under 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and it should go in a transparent, resealable plastic bag. The bag’s size should be 7.8 x 7.8 inches / 20 x 20 centimeters. There aren’t any restrictions for gel volume in checked baggage. However, it’s important to note that these restrictions only apply to international flights departing from or arriving in Australia. On domestic flights, Australian authorities don’t have any restrictions on liquids, gels, and creams in hand or checked luggage.
Flights in New Zealand (Regulated by CAA)
Hairstyling gel is permitted in carry-on and checked baggage aboard flights in New Zealand. If it’s being transported in a carry-on suitcase, the size of the gel container is limited to 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters. It should also be packed with other toiletries in a resealable plastic bag.
Flights in China (Regulated by CAAC)
Chinese airlines don’t specifically mention hair gel, but most types of personal use gels under 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on luggage. Gels, liquids, and other toiletries must be together in a 1-liter transparent resealable bag. Larger hairstyling gels should travel in cargo baggage.
Flights in India (Regulated by AAI)
Traveling with hair gel in carry-on and checked baggage is allowed on Indian flights. Gel packed in carry-on luggage should not exceed a volume of 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and it should go with other toiletries in a clear resealable 1-liter bag. There aren’t limits for hair gel when packed in checked luggage.
Disclaimer: The final decision of whether you can bring hair products onboard airplanes always rests on the security officer. Some airlines also have additional rules that may be different.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bringing Hair Products on Planes
Is solid hair wax and clay considered a liquid on planes?
Both hair wax and clay must follow the liquids rule when traveling in carry-on luggage on planes in the United States. Hair wax and clay are considered creams/pastes and can’t be over 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters if packed in hand luggage.
Do I need to take out hair gel when going through security?
Yes, when going through airport security, travelers must take their toiletries bag out of their carry-on to facilitate the security screening process. Your hair gel should be packed inside a clear 1-liter bag with your other toiletries.
Do I have to put hair gel together with other toiletries in hand luggage?
Hair gel traveling in hand luggage must be packed with other toiletries in a TSA-approved clear toiletry bag. All liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes must be in 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters containers and must fit inside the toiletry bag.
Is it better to pack hair gel in hand or checked luggage?
It’s better to pack hair gel in checked luggage if you’re traveling with a container over 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters in the United States. If your container is under 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters then you can pack it in your hand luggage with other toiletries for easy access.
What’s the best way to pack hair products in my carry-on?
The best way to pack liquid, gel, paste, spray, or cream hair products in carry-on luggage in the United States is to store them in containers under 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters. All of these containers must fit together inside a clear resealable plastic bag of 1 liter.
Can I bring hair paste in my hand luggage?
Yes, you can bring hair paste in hand luggage when traveling in the United States. However, the container shouldn’t go over 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and should be packed along with other toiletries in a 1-liter resealable and clear bag.
Is hairspray allowed on planes?
Hairspray is allowed both in carry-on and checked luggage when traveling in the United States. Hairspray traveling in hand baggage shouldn’t exceed 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and should be grouped with other toiletries in a resealable clear bag. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, when traveling in checked baggage, the hair spray container can’t exceed 18 ounces / 500 milliliters. The total of the toiletries in your checked baggage shouldn’t go over 2 kilograms / 70 ounces or 2 liters/ 68 fluid ounces. Hairs spray should always have a cap in carry-on and checked baggage.
Can you bring hair developer on planes?
Hair developer is not allowed at all on planes in the United States. Hair developer is an oxidizer and it’s one of the hazardous substances banned from carry-on and checked baggage.
Does the TSA allow bringing hair mousse on planes?
You are allowed to bring hair mousse on United States aircraft, according to TSA. When traveling in carry-on luggage, hair mousse must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule which states that liquids, gels, sprays, and pastes containers must be under 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters. Hair mousse must be packed with other toiletries in a 1-liter clear and resealable bag. For containers traveling in checked luggage, the Federal Aviation Administration established a limit of 18 ounces / 500 milliliters per aerosol container.
What are the rules for taking hair pomade on planes?
Hair pomade is allowed in hand luggage on flights in the United States as long as it follows the TSA’s 3-1-1 liquids rule. Your hair pomade’s container can’t be over 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters and it must be packed with other liquids in a clear quart-size resealable bag. There isn’t a size limit for pomade in checked baggage.
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