Preparing for travel can be a very time-consuming and somewhat stressful endeavor. With so many rules and regulations about what you may and may not bring on board, you want to make sure you packed correctly before you leave for the airport. You don’t want to risk getting stopped by airline security for something like a bottle of perfume, and then missing your flight. Keeping up to date with the latest airline security regulations on perfume will allow you to pack wisely before leaving for the airport. Below are the rules by the Travel Security Administration regarding perfume.
There is a very simple formula for carry-on baggage established by the TSA. It’s called the 3-1-1 rule. This rule allows that you can only carry liquids, gels and aerosols in a 3 ounce container. It should be kept in a one-quart (one liter) plastic zip-lock bag. This includes scented oils, creams and perfumes. The limit is 100 ml per container. So if your bottle of perfume or cologne is less than that, you should have no problem. Calvin Klein’s CKOne perfume, for example, is 3.4 ounces. You probably won’t be able to get away with this type of bottle.
Generally most aerosols are prohibited, however, unless they are toiletries, such as deodorant or spray perfume. TSA regulates that aerosols are prohibited except for items of personal hygiene. You can even bring water or coffee or any other beverage on the plane as long as it fits into your zip-lock bag. The truth is you can probably get away with even a slightly larger bottle of something – they most likely will not check the exact size written on the bottle. Most regular perfume bottles are much smaller than one quart. With other toiletries, however, you are better off either getting travel sized things such as shampoo and toothpaste or pack it in the bag you are checking in, if you have one. Otherwise, you will have to buy them at your destination. I personally don’t even use the zip-lock bag. I just put all my toiletries in a small plastic shopping bag and tie it up very tightly. But if you want to be safe, put your perfume and other toiletries in a freezer bag and then wrap it in a t-shirt or small towel so they don’t break in your luggage.
It also may depend on the airline you are taking. Different airlines may differ a bit in their security regulations. It would be wise to either call your airline ahead of time and ask their policies on perfume and other small bottles, look up their policy on their website. If you are using a travel agent, she would know the different airline regulations.
Always leave yourself plenty of time for check-in. TSA recommends those traveling domestically arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight. Allow yourself slightly more time for international travel.