Can you bring a razor on a plane?

Sep 9, 2019

Can you take a Razor on a Plane?

People are always confused when packing a razor for a flight. It’s a myth that razors are prohibited on any aircraft.

Yes, they do fall under the category of sharp objects. But, that should not restrict its usage on a plane. The differing range of razors has diverged rules allocated by the United States agency TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

Through these rules, you will get answers to queries like, “Can you take a razor in a carry-on?”, “Can I bring a razor on a plane?” and “Can you bring an electric razor on a plane?”. Before we begin, do note that all razors are permitted in checked baggage.

The TSA rules for razors are enforced only for carry-on luggage. Now, let’s look at the rules for carry-on bags according to the different types of razors.

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Types of Shaving Razors:

All the differing razors and the rules enforced on them are for the safety and security of the passengers and the flight attendants, and inspectors.

So, here are some of the rules one has to keep in mind while packing razors in carry-on bags.

Remember, different razors have differing rules.

1. Straight Razors

As stated by the TSA, straight razors are strictly prohibited on an aircraft.

These razors are not permitted in a carry-on bag. They plainly fall under the category of sharp objects. But, you can carry it in the checked luggage.

Ensure that it is sealed with plastic wrap to prevent any harm to the items stowed in checked luggage. Also, to prevent any injury to the baggage handler or the TSA agent while he’s inspecting your bags.

Tip: Try buying straight razors from a local shop when you arrive at your destination.

2. Safety Razors

For safety razors, the same rule applies, just like the straight razor. They are not permitted in hand luggage unless you remove the razor blades from their cartridge.

Place the blades in a ziplock bag and stow it in checked luggage. Safety razors without a blade on them are permitted in hand luggage.

Tip: Keep the entire razor with blades in the checked baggage. Do make sure that it’s stowed in a plastic bag.

3. Disposable Razors

If wondering whether disposable razors are permitted in carry-on luggage or not, don’t bother much. Disposable razors are permitted in hand luggage.

Try packing them in a quart-sized ziplock bag. You can also wrap them in plastic or bubble wrap. You can also stow them in a ziplock bag.

4. Electric Razors

You can easily carry electric razors in hand luggage or checked baggage. Most people find it convenient to carry electric razors rather than have issues regarding their carrying razors.

Just make sure that the electric razor is not damaged or might cause some dysfunction during the flight. There are incidents where the electric razors by default turned on during the flight.

If a similar incident happens with you, the razor would fuse and land you in hazardous consequences. To avoid such a scenario, remove the batteries from the razor and store them separately in checked bags.

When planning to travel overseas, be careful with your electric razors as they might fuse while you’re aboard. Also, when you’re plugging or charging it. To avoid such bizarre consequences, try carrying a converter with you. Places like Europe have different voltages, and having a converter will help you adjust the voltage.

Ensure that you pack the converter or the dual voltage shaver in your checked bags.

Tip: You can also opt for a dual voltage shaver to save some of your pence. It will save some extra time for your packing. You would also have some extra space in your luggage.

Can you take Lotion or Shaving Cream on a Plane?

shaving cream

You can easily take shaving cream and aftershave lotion on the plane. But remember, they’re considered as a liquid. So while packing them, follow the governed TSA liquids rule for carry-on luggage.

All your shaving cream, gel, and lotions are to be placed in containers of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) in one single quart-sized plastic ziplock bag (1 liter) for carry-on bags.

You might have to transfer your shaving cream, aftershave lotion in small containers as the original bottles are much larger than the TSA liquid limit. Try finding travel-size containers for shaving cream, aftershave lotions, and gels.

If they are not available, don’t worry. Pack a small amount of shaving cream in small containers with a flip-top cap or screw-on cap. You can also use empty pill bottles. Remember, it’s the size of the container that must bypass the security checkpoint and not the quantity of foam, liquid, gel, and cream within it.

The original large bottles of shaving cream, lotions, and gels, must be packed in checked bags. You can exceed the 3.4-ounce limit when packing these items in checked bags.

Opt for Shaving oil:

If you find packing for shaving cream a tedious job, don’t worry. There are other options as well. One of the most used and approved options is shaving oil.

They are easily available online. The product can be found in small containers which completely abides by the TSA liquid rule. One bottle of shaving oil has a hundred droplets. Eight or ten drops of it are enough for a single shave.

In Conclusion:

Razors are permitted on the plane. According to TSA razor rules, only disposable, safety, and electric razors are permitted on the plane.

Razors in carry-on bags do have certain restrictions. Make sure you go through them before packing. You can bypass security stress-free by storing razors in checked luggage.

Ensure that the shaving cream, aftershave lotions, and gels are packed according to the TSA liquid rule. It should be stowed in a single clear plastic quart-size bag.

You can pack your original large containers of shaving cream, aftershave, and gels in your checked luggage. For an easier option, you can also opt for shaving oil. In the end, to avoid the last-minute hassle, make sure you go through all the rules while packing,

Have Secure & Safe Travels!

I hope the article on “Can you bring a Razor on a Plane?” answers all your questions about taking a razor on a plane!

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Sachin Suryawanshi

Sachin Suryawanshi

Digital Marketing Consultant

Sachin Suryawanshi is Digital Marketing Consultant at Claim Flights. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology. He loves to explore new places and learn new things.

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