Can You Bring Hair Gel On The plane?


Liquids, gels, and aerosols are not allowed in carry-on bags larger than 3.4 ounces.

You can now bring medically-necessary liquids and food into larger containers.

Depending on the type of gel or liquid it is, you may be allowed to bring it on board. However, it will have to comply with the 3.4-ounce limit.

TSA official guidelines: Bringing Hair Gel on the plane

However, if the liquid is aerosol, then it’s not subject to the 3.4 ounce limit. Also, it should be noted that the TSA’s definition of gel or liquid differs from that of an airline.

Before boarding an airplane, make sure that you check with the Transportation Security Administration and your airline to ensure that they’re following their regulations.

Regulations For TSA Hair Gel

Although it’s not allowed to bring gel on a plane, the Transportation Security Administration doesn’t have specific rules on how to carry hair gel on a flight.

If you use hair gel to style your hair, then you probably don’t want to leave it at home when you travel.

However, the TSA still has rules that apply to all liquids, aerosols, and gels. These rules require that all of these items be placed in a clear plastic bag and inspected before they can be taken on a plane.

For instance, if you bring gel with you, make sure to place it in a clear plastic bag before going to the airport. Also, make sure to remove the liquid or gel from its container.

When Flying, Is Hair Gel Considered A Liquid?

Since liquids can be used to make explosives, the Transportation Security Administration has procedures in place to prevent them from being carried on planes.

Since gel packs are very common when going through airport security, the Transportation Security Administration has implemented rules to prevent them.

You can use hair gel as a liquid when flying, but it should be placed in a clear, quart-sized bag.

If you have a lot of hairspray in your bag, it’s possible to get around this rule by bringing it in your checked luggage. However, it still requires going through the security process twice.

To minimize the amount of liquid in your bag, pack it in a clear bag with a maximum of 3.4 ounces.

If you have a liquid that has a 3.4-ounce capacity, don’t bring it on board. The TSA will probably confiscate it.

So, How Do I Pack Hair Gel For A Flight?

Unfortunately, there are no carry-on hair gel items that are banned by the Transportation Security Administration. One exception is the Got2Be Glued Styling Gel, which has less than 3 oz of liquid contents.

You can also make a paste or a powder out of methylcellulose. Just add water to make the product.

Once the product is made, it should be placed in a plastic squeeze bottle and secured to a cap. It’s important to remember to leave the hair gel at home to style it.

When it comes to carrying gel products, remember to pack them in a single, quart-sized bag. They should also be placed in a secure, plastic bag.

Pack the appropriate containers for liquids and gels in your bag. It’ll help remove them quickly during the security screening.

Be sure to check the country’s regulations when traveling internationally. For instance, some countries have restrictions when it comes to the size of containers.

A hair gel is commonly used to style hair. It can be thick or thin and comes in various colors. Before going on a plane, it’s also important to know the restrictions on bringing gel items on board.

In addition, carry-on bags are allowed to contain up to 10 gallons of liquids and aerosols. They should be placed in a clear plastic bag for easy inspection.

Some countries allow the use of containers smaller than 3 oz. However, there are exceptions.

In Your Carry-On Luggage

By carrying only one bag, you’ll save yourself a lot of time when it comes to checking and claiming baggage. The 3-1-1 rule from the TSA limits the amount of non-essential items that you can bring in.

  • Each non-solid item you bring on the plane must fit into a container that carries no more than 3.4 ounces. The restriction is based on the container’s size, not the amount of product within. So even if you’ve used half of your 6-ounce jar of hair gel, you won’t be able to carry it on board in its original container. Instead, move it to a 3.4-ounce or smaller container. Fill a second or third container if you think you’ll need additional product.
  •  Each of the little bottles must fit into a 1-quart transparent plastic bag with a zipper closure.
  • Even if you’re taking a personal item, you’re only allowed one quart-size bag in your carry-on.

Since many people carry large bags, the Transportation Security Administration limits the sizes of non-solid toiletry items such as hair gel to 17 ounces. This limit applies to gel hair products and other non-solid toiletry items.

You’re also limited to the total amount of liquids and non-solid toiletry items that you can bring in checked luggage.

Need more space for your toiletries and cosmetics? Instead of searching for liquid alternatives, try solid shampoos and conditioners that contain nourishing and moisturizing ingredients. These bars are ideal for keeping your hair soft and moisturized.

Other Miscellaneous Items Allowed on the Plane

ItemCarry OnBaggageSource
Artificial Skeleton BonesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Baby CarrierYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Baby WipesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Balloons (not inflated)YesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Battery powered wheel chairs and mobility devicesNoYes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Belts, Clothes and ShoesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Billy ClubsNoYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
BinocularsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Biological specimens, non-infectious, in preservative solutionsYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Black Jacks (Self-Defense Weapons)NoYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
BlanketsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Bobby PinsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Body ArmorYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
BooksYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Brass InstrumentsCheck with AirlineYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Brass KnucklesNoYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Bread MachineYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Camera MonopodYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Car PartsYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
ChapsticksYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Child Car SeatYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
CologneYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Comic BooksYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
ConcealerYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
ConditionerYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Cremated RemainsYes (Special Instructions)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
CymbalsYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Digital CamerasYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Disassembled computer/computer parts/external hard drivesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Drones, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)Check with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
Drum Sticks (instrument drum set)YesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
DrumsticksYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Dry IceCheck with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
Dry Shampoo (aerosol)Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
E-liquidsYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
E-Z Pass TranspondersYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Electric BlanketsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping DevicesYes (Special Instructions)NoTSAOpens in a new tab.
Electronic ToothbrushYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRB)Check with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
Eye Liners (liquid)Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
FertilizerNoNoTSAOpens in a new tab.
FilmYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
FlowersYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Foam Toy SwordNoYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Formaldehyde solution, less than 10 percentYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
FoundationYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Geiger CountersYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
GlassYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Glass Picture FrameYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Glass Vase (empty)YesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Glow SticksYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
GuitarYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Hair ClippersYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Hair DryersYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Hair GelYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Hair SprayYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Hair Straightener, flat iron (with cord)Yes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Hair Texturizer (aerosol)Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
HandcuffsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Harry Potter wandYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
HeadphonesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Heated Jackets / SweatersYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
HookahsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
HoverboardsCheck with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
IceYes (Special Instructions)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
JewelryYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Laser Hair RemoverYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Laser PointersYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Light SaberYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
LipsticksYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Liquid nitrogen in a dry shipperYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Live CoralYesNoTSAOpens in a new tab.
Live FishYesNoTSAOpens in a new tab.
Luggage Protection CoversYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Makeup RemoverYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Makeup WipesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
MascaraYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Metal DetectorCheck with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
MirrorsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Multi-toolsYes (Special Instructions)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Nail PolishYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Nail Polish RemoverYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Night SticksNoYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Night Vision GogglesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
PenYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
PerfumeYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Permeation devices for calibrating air qualityNoYes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Planting seedsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
PlantsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Play-dohYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Powder MakeupYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Power ChargerYesNoTSAOpens in a new tab.
Power InvertersYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Putty BallsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Sea ShellsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
SegwaysCheck with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
ShampooYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Shock collarsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Shoe HornYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Shoe InsertsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Shoe TreeYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
SlingshotsNoYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Small PetsCheck with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
Snow GlobesYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Soap (Bar)YesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Soap (Liquid)Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Solar PanelsCheck with AirlineCheck with AirlineTSAOpens in a new tab.
Solid MakeupYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Steel Toe BootsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Stuffed AnimalsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Stun Guns/Shocking DevicesNoYes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
SunscreenYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Tactical PenNoYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Tattoo InksYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
TelevisionYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
TobaccoYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Tobacco PipesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
ToothpasteYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Toy Guns and WeaponsYes (Special Instructions)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Toys (Adult)YesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
ViolinsYes (Special Instructions)Yes (Special Instructions)TSAOpens in a new tab.
Wallet ChainsYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Weather Barometer or Thermometer (Mercury)Yes (Special Instructions)NoTSAOpens in a new tab.
Wet WipesYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.
Wine bottleYes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)YesTSAOpens in a new tab.
XboxYesYesTSAOpens in a new tab.

Conclusion

Clear containers or bottles of hairspray, gel, or other beauty products are fine to keep in your carry-on bag since they’re liquids.

Make sure to pack the appropriate amount of shampoo and conditioner in your luggage so that it can be washed out properly.

toiletries such as toothpaste and hair gel, as well as medicines and eye drops, can be taken on airplanes if they are in containers of less than 3 oz.

James Newman

James Newman is an air travel fanatic. From the fear of flying, TSA regulations, and saving money on flights & airlines, James has extensive knowledge when it comes to air travel. He hopes to make your air travel experience a better one with his blog flyingcomfortably.com.

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