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Can you take hair straighteners in hand luggage?

If using a hair straightener is part of your daily beauty routine, you might be asking yourself, can you take a hair straightener on a plane? Or if you prefer curls, can you take a curling iron in carry on luggage? And can you bring a hairdryer on a plane? Well, never fear, you don’t have to sacrifice your hairstyle to travel carry on only. Read on for answers to whether you can take hair straighteners in hand luggage, plus info on flat irons and hair dryers.

Note: This post is written referencing TSA rules for travel from airports in the USA. Some countries may have different rules, so if you’re flying from an airport in another country, please look up the rules for the authority in that country.

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So can you take hair straighteners in hand luggage?

I get this question a lot: Can you bring a hair straightener on a plane? And I totally understand, you want to be able to style your hair while traveling just like you would at home.

Luckily the answer is yes, you can bring a hair straightener in your carry on bag. If you’re traveling with checked luggage, you can pack your hair straightener there as well.

Since you might have to pack your bag in the morning right after using your hair straightener, I recommend bringing a wash cloth or small hand towel to wrap your hair straightener. That way you’re not putting it directly into your luggage while it’s still hot, which could burn your clothes or other items in your bag.

Does your hair straightener have a butane cartridge? This gets a little more tricky to travel with, so see below for more details.

If you’re traveling internationally, you need to be aware of differences in voltage and plug styles. Read below for more info.

Search for dual voltage hair straighteners on Amazon.

Can you bring a hair dryer in carry on luggage?

I know what it’s like to get stuck with those awful hotel hair dryers that look like vacuum cleaner hoses and barely dry your hair. So you might be wondering, can you bring a hairdryer on a plane?

Just like with the hair straighteners, you can take a hair dryer in carry on bags. You can also pack your hair dryer in checked luggage if you’re not going carry on only.

Hair dryers are the bulkiest hair styling appliance, and the one most likely to be provided at your hotel, so you might want to consider leaving yours off your packing checklist. Yes, I do hate dealing with those subpar blow dryers hotels sometimes provide! So it’s a decision you have to make based on how much space you have in your luggage and whether you’re willing to just make it work with whatever the hotel has.

If you’re traveling internationally, you need to be aware of differences in voltage and plug styles. Read below for more info.

Search for dual voltage hair dryers on Amazon.

Can you bring a curling iron on a plane?

Maybe you like curling your normally straight locks, or maybe you’re traveling for a fancy event. So you might be asking yourself if you can take your curling iron in carry on luggage.

Just like with the straighteners and hair dryer, the answer is yes. Curling irons can also be packed in checked bags if you’re traveling with a little more luggage.

Remember to pack a wash cloth or small hand towel to wrap your curling iron. Like I mentioned above with bringing your hair straightener in hand luggage, you want to make sure your hot curling iron doesn’t ruin your clothing or other contents of your bag. It’s always best to pack it once it’s cooled down, but if that’s not an option, this wash cloth trick is the next best thing.

Does your curling iron have a butane cartridge? Read on for more about this exception to taking a curling iron in carry on.

If you’re traveling internationally, you need to be aware of differences in voltage and plug styles. Read below for more info.

Search for dual voltage curling irons on Amazon.

Can you bring hair curlers or hot rollers in your carry on?

Some of you have asked about whether you can bring hair curlers or hot rollers on a plane.

You’re in luck! The answer is yes, hot rollers and hair curlers are permitted on a plane. You can pack your hair curlers or hot rollers in your cabin baggage or your checked baggage.

But please wait until they have cooled down before packing them. You don’t want to accidentally burn your clothes or other belongings.

>>Read: Can you take batteries on planes?

Can you take a butane hair straightener or a butane curling iron on airplanes?

Some hair straighteners and curling irons have a butane cartridge. The appeal here is that they are cordless, but the butane cartridge makes it a little more complicated when bringing your curling iron or hair straightener on a plane.

According to TSA, butane hair straighteners and curling irons are not allowed in checked luggage, but they are allowed in carry on luggage as long as there is a safety cover to prevent accidental activation since they are a fire hazard.

Here’s the exact quote from the TSA :

“Cordless curling irons containing a gas cartridge and butane fueled curling irons are allowed in carry-on bags only. A safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element. The device must be protected from accidental activation. Gas refills (spare cartridges) are not allowed in either checked or carry-on bags.”

I’ve read that it’s acceptable to separate the cartridge from the curling iron or flat iron, but TSA doesn’t mention this on their site. Be aware that the final decision is always with the TSA agent.

>>Check it out: Can you bring a razor on a plane?

Will your hair straightener, hair dryer, and curling iron work when traveling internationally?

Voltage and plug style are two different things you need to be aware of when traveling to other countries.

Before you pack your bags, I have a warning about traveling with your favorite hair styling appliance. There might be electrical issues with using your appliance abroad. Different parts of the world use different voltages, which means your hair dryer and straightener and curling iron might not be compatible.

>>Read: Can you bring makeup on a plane?

Your best option is to purchase a dual voltage appliance.

For example, the US electrical system uses 110 voltage, while the European system is 220. Having a dual voltage hair straightener means you could switch the voltage between 110 or 220 depending on where you are in the world.

Do you need a travel plug adapter? Or a voltage converter?

If you don’t have a dual voltage appliance, you would need a converter. A converter would switch the voltage in order to avoid frying your appliance, blowing a fuse in the building, or even risking a fire.

When you’re traveling abroad with any electrical device, you might need a plug adapter to make sure your plug fits into the wall socket.

For example, the US and Canada use the same plug style as Central American countries, but the plugs in Europe are different. Even within Europe, the UK uses a different plug style from most of the rest of the continent.

A plug adapter will not convert electricity, but these days, most things that don’t heat up convert on their own, so your laptop and phone charger should be fine with just an adapter.

Any appliance that heats up, like a hair straightener, curling iron, or hair dryer, might not function as well even if it’s dual voltage or when using a converter. Some even have warnings that you should use the lower setting when traveling abroad.

Search for plug adapters on Amazon.

Hopefully this article answers all your questions about bring curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers in carry on!

Read more about packing:

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  • Best Carry-On Luggage
  • What NOT to Pack in Your Carry On Bag
  • Carry On Toiletries: Non-Liquid Options for Carry On Travel

TSA Rules on Hairdryers, Curling Irons, Hair Straighteners, and Other Hair Styling Tools

It’s challenging keeping your hair in-line during a vacation.

First of all, if you’re traveling only with a carry-on, you have limited space, so there’s not much room for hair styling tools and products.

And in addition to tight space, you have to follow the TSA rules. If you go unprepared, the security could confiscate some of your items, which would make your trip much harder than it needs to be.

But don’t worry, because here we’ll explain which tools and products are allowed by the TSA: hairdryers, curling irons, hair straighteners, cordless butane curling irons and hair straighteners, hot rollers, hot-air brushes, hairspray, hair gel, combs/brushes, and bobby pins. We’ll also tell you whether your tools will work in Europe and internationally, and which hair styling tools are the best for traveling.

Can You Bring a Hairdryer on a Plane?

According to the TSA, you can bring hairdryers in your hand luggage as well as checked luggage. You can bring any brand or any model, and you can bring unlimited quantities because there aren’t any limitations.

Really, TSA limits only hazardous items which can ignite, combust, or could be used as weapons. Although when plugged to the grid, hairdryers could become unsafe, when they aren’t plugged in, nothing can happen — just a bunch of plastics, wires, and electronic components, which are perfectly safe for everyone.

When packing a hairdryer, you should also remember that probably you’ll be using it at the last minute, right before your check-out. Most likely, you’ll have to put it in your luggage while it’s still hot. So bring a spare towel, or make sure that you have a large hoodie or something to wrap it in, so that it doesn’t damage other items.

Should You Really Pack a Hairdryer For Your Vacation?

Even if you’re allowed to bring a hairdryer on a plane, it’s not always the best choice to do that.

Here’s a rule of thumb that we would recommend you follow. If you’re staying in good, expensive hotels, don’t bring a hairdryer. Ninety-nine percent of the times they’ll have good hairdryers available for their guests.

But if you’re staying in hostels, apartments, or cheaper hotels, you should consider bringing your own hairdryers. On my last vacation, we booked a last-minute cheap hostel in Barcelona, Spain, which was pretty expensive anyway because we booked so late. There were hairdryers in the bathroom, but they were so bad I literally had to dry my hair for 20 minutes.

Can You Use Your Hairdryer on a Plane?

Nope, you can’t.

We found quite a few people who were asking that on Google, and we were kind of surprised that anyone would even think to do that. I mean, can you even take a shower on a plane?

Anyway, don’t use your hairdryer on a plane, even if there are sockets available. In addition to annoying others, you’ll also alert the crew members, and you could get detained.

Best Travel Hairdryer (from our own research): Conair 1600 Watt Compact Hair Dryer on Amazon

Can You Bring a Curling Iron on a Plane?

According to the TSA, you can bring curling irons with cord both in checked luggage and in hand luggage. There are no restrictions, so you can bring any brand and any type, as long as it has a cord.

We’ll talk about cordless, butane-powered curling irons down below.

Just like hairdryers, remember that you might have to pack your curling iron inside your luggage while it’s still hot, so bring an extra towel to wrap it up.

If you have an event during your trip and you need to get your locks done, you really don’t have any other options but to bring a curling iron with you. Hotels don’t have these available at the bathrooms, as opposed to hairdryers.

If your current curling iron is extra-bulky, make sure to check out our recommendation for the best curling iron for travel. In fact, it’s a curling iron combined with a hair straightener, which would save you a lot of space when you need both.

Best Travel Curling Iron (from our own research): AmoVee Mini Curling Iron/Hair Straightener

Can You Bring a Hair Straightener (Flat Iron) on a Plane?

According to the TSA, you’re allowed to bring hair straighteners with cords in checked luggage and hand luggage. There aren’t any additional terms, so you can bring any type and any brand, as long as it has a cord.

We’ll talk about butane-powered cordless hair straighteners in the next section.

P.S. Make sure to also read the last section in this post, to make sure that your hair straighter, hairdryer, and curling iron will actually work in other countries because often they won’t.

Best Travel Hair Straightener (from our own research): AmoVee Mini Curling Iron/Hair Straightener

Can You Bring Cordless Butane Curling Irons and Cordless Butane Hair Straighteners on a Plane?

According to the TSA, Butane-powered and gas-powered curling irons and hair straighteners are allowed in hand luggage but are prohibited in checked luggage. Butane and Gas are both highly flammable, which is why there are additional restrictions for bringing butane-powered tools in your hand luggage.

Each passenger can bring only one butane or gas-powered tool, so you can’t pack butane curling iron and butane hair straightener in the same suitcase. Also, no additional cartridges are allowed, so be sure to keep all of your refills at home.

Additionally, your butane-powered hair styling tools have to be safely packed, so that they don’t accidentally turn on. TSA states that a safety cover must be fitted over the heating element, which means that it should be put inside the box it came in, or inside a heat-resistant pouch.

Here’s the full statement from TSA:

Cordless curling irons containing a gas cartridge and butane fueled curling irons are allowed in carry-on bags only.

A safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element. The device must be protected from accidental activation.

Gas refills (spare cartridges) are not allowed in either checked or carry-on bags.

What About other Hair Styling Products?

Electric Hair Rollers (Hot Rollers)

Electric hair rollers, other called hot rollers, are allowed on planes in hand luggage and in checked luggage, as long as they come with a cord and are powered by electricity. No additional limits are set into place, so you can bring as many as you want, any type, and any brand.

TSA doesn’t specifically mention hot rollers in their prohibited items list, so as long as they aren’t powered by butane, gas, or lithium batteries, you can bring them on board.

Electric Hot-Air Brushes

Hot-air brushes that are powered by electricity and have a cord are allowed on planes in hand luggage and checked luggage. They’re not specifically mentioned by the TSA, however, as long as they aren’t cordless, they’re allowed on planes.

Butane or gas-powered cordless hot-air brushes have the same limits as other butane-powered tools. For more info, check the section above about butane-powered tools.


According to the TSA, hairspray is allowed in hand baggage, but must be in containers smaller than 3.4 oz (100 ml) and has to be stored together with your other toiletries in a transparent quart-sized zip-lock bag.

Hairspray in checked baggage can’t exceed 68 oz (2 l) in total, and each container can’t exceed 18 oz (530 ml) in size.

Hair Gel

According to the TSA, Hair gel is allowed both in checked baggage and hand baggage. If stored in hand luggage, hair gel must follow the TSA 3-1-1 rule (3.4 oz bottles, 1 quart-sized bag, 1 bag for each passenger.)

Combs and Brushes

Generally, you can bring combs and brushes, as long as they don’t have a sharp end and are made out of plastics.

For instance, rat tail combs, often have a sharp end that’s made out of metal. TSA would most likely confiscate those, so if you’re bringing a rat tail comb, make sure that it’s all plastic.

Bobby Pins

According to the TSA, bobby pins are perfectly fine in checked luggage and hand luggage.

That said, you should remember to remove them from your hair during security because they might cause the alarm to go off when you’re going through.

Will Your Hairdryer, Curling Iron, and Hair Straightener Work in Europe And Other Countries?

Whenever you’re traveling with electronics internationally, you should double-check that they’ll work there. There are two factors that you should check.

First of all, you should make sure that your hairdryer, curling iron, and hair straightener all have the same voltage as your destination. While the U.S. runs on a 110-voltage grid, the EU has a 220-voltage one. Plugging a 110V device in 220V socket will make it fry in seconds. You should make sure that all of your devices are dual-voltage. What this means, is that you should find a place on your device (usually at the back or on the cord) where in small letters there’s all the voltage info written. Make sure that it says something like 100-240V or 110V-220V, which means that it’s dual-voltage.

And the second factor that you should check is what outlets your destination country has. Sockets are different across the whole world, and even in Europe, there are at least three different socket types, so make sure to bring the appropriate adapter. Thewirecutter’s rated the EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter as the best travel adapter in 2019. This adapter works everywhere in the world and is pretty cheap, so it’s a smart thing to invest in if you’re traveling internationally.

Final Thoughts

In a few words, you don’t have to worry about bringing regular hairdryers, curling irons, hair straighteners, and other tools that are powered by electricity and have a cord.

The problems start once you start using butane and gas-powered tools, which have quite a few limitations. You should also avoid bringing any rat-tail style combs with sharp metal ends. And if you’re bringing hairspray, make sure to read the TSA limitations first, and follow the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for packing liquids.

Before leaving, remember to double-check that your electronics are double-voltage, and to bring appropriate travel adapters when traveling internationally.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

We get questions about bringing stuff on planes all the time. So we’ve written a lot of other guides, where we answer the most commonly asked questions.

You can check them out over here:

  • What Can You Take on a Plane in Checked Luggage?
  • Can You Bring Laptops on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Toothpaste on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Umbrellas on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Wine on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Mini Liquor Bottles on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Razors on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Cologne on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Scissors on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Food on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Lighters on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Plants on Planes?
  • Can You Bring Knives on Planes?

While travelling on international or even in domestic flights pretty sure nobody wants to get in trouble at the airport with security checks. There are various restrictions for various countries regarding what to carry or what not to carry in your luggage. For those who go against the rules suffer great penalties according to the laws. If you want to travel in peace make sure you follow them.

Now it’s an obvious question that pops up in everybody’s mind what must we carry or what we must not? Precisely for the fashion fanatics they must be worried about their heating tools including curlers, and straighteners. For those of you who are delusional to carry straighteners on a plane must stick to this article for complete information.

Are Hair Straighteners Yay or Nay for USA and Australia?

Carrying hair straighteners, iron rods or the hair styling tools is generally allowed on international flights but the rules and regulations of boarding differ from country to country.

1. Bringing a Hair Straightener at National Flights in USA

Travelling within the U.S.A while carrying hair straighteners in planes are allowed. When taking an international flight from U.S, don’t forget to check with the flight safety regulatory body of your destination.

What is permissible in the U.S. might not be permitted in other countries as some places require a security screening at every stage of travel including the check-in and boarding. Carrying any item on the plane at your departure location doesn’t mean you’ll be able to carry it on at every stage of your journey. Before checking in, it would be safer to check the guide boards displayed outside of the security screening areas about the items you are unsure in your luggage.

2. Bringing a Hair Straightener at National Flights in Australia

For precisely knowing what items can we carry for departing to Australia and for leaving Australia refer this Hair straighteners are allowed or not ? It is still vague to figure out but this will surely help you to find your answers.

Issues with Carrying Hair Straighteners On International Flights

Taking styling tools for hair including heating rods, hair dryers, and straighteners in your flights can and cannot be a better idea owing to many factors. These products are generally pretty bulky unless they are travel-friendly, they consume lots of space in your very limited carrying bag.

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) does not allow butane hair straighteners and curling irons in checked luggage, but they are allowed to carry on luggage as long as they are safely packed to prevent accidental activation since they are a fire hazard. The exact wording from TSA states, “Cordless curling irons containing a gas cartridge and butane fueled curling irons are allowed in carry-on bags only. A safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element. The device must be protected from accidental activation. Gas refills (spare cartridges) are not allowed in either checked or carry-on bags.” Still, the final decision always lies in the hands of TSA agent.

Another important issue to highlight while carrying the hair straighteners on international flights is the varying voltage and plug style of all countries. On a global scale, different voltages are used in different countries that means your hair straighteners and styling tools might not be compatible.

The optimal approach could be to purchase a dual voltage appliance. For instance, the US electrical system consumes 110 voltage, while the European system is 220. Owning a dual voltage hair straightener means you could switch the voltage between 110 or 220 depending on which part of the world you are living. A converter is a must if you don’t own a dual voltage appliance. A converter assists in switching the voltage for preventing your appliance on fire, blowing a fuse in the building, or even risking a fire.

For travelling abroad with electrical appliances including styling tools, you must carry a plug adapter with you to ensure your plug fits in wall sockets. For instance, the US and Canada use the same plug style as Central American countries, but the plugs in Europe are different. Even within Europe, the UK uses a different plug style from most of the rest of the continent.

A plug adapter is not responsible for converting the voltage. Besides, these days most of the appliances don’t heat up and convert on their own. Hence, your laptop and phone charger must be working fine with just an adapter. Appliances that heat up easily including hair straightener, curling iron, or hair dryer, might not function properly, even if they own a dual voltage system or uses a converter. Most appliances come with the warnings that you should use the lower setting when traveling abroad.


If you still find taking hair straighteners on international flight as a controversial decision then calling the airport and asking the recent rules about it is the best way out. The rules keep on changing according to circumstances, therefore I can’t bother you with the misleading information. You will find some airport phone numbers below.

Ontorio International Airport, State, USA +1 909-544-5300:

Perth Airport, Perth, Australia +61-8-9478-8888:

Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Germany +49 69 69 00:

Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, England+44 20 7360 1250:

Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France +33 1 70 36 39 50:

Rome Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport, Rome, Italy +39(0)665 951:

TSA Guidelines on Hair Dryers

It’s hard enough to look good after a long flight without having to worry about what the Transportation Security Administration thinks of your hair products, but alas, TSA regulations are nearly impossible to avoid. When you’re packing up that beauty bag, make sure it’s TSA-friendly to keep your travels as simple as they can be – starting with that hair dryer.

TSA Regulations on Hair Dryers

Here’s the good news: The TSA permits travel with hair dryers in both checked luggage and carry-on bags, so feel free to take it on vacation with you. Keep in mind, however, that hair dryers can be clunky and awkwardly shaped, so they usually fit better in larger, checked suitcases. If you must stash one in your carry-on, consider investing in a mini hair dryer.

Regulations on Other Hair Products

Once you have your hair dryer situated, make sure to check on TSA rules regarding other beauty and hair products. Feel free to pack away the following items in either your carry-on or checked luggage, at any quantity:

  • Bobby pins
  • Electric razors
  • Hair clippers
  • Hair straightener (flat iron)
  • Laser hair remover

Liquid hair products, on the other hand, can fly in carry-on luggage only if they meet the TSA’s liquids rule, which limits liquid products – as well as aerosols, gels, creams and pastes – in carry-ons to quantities of 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less. These liquids must all be able to fit in one clear quart-sized bag. Make sure to follow this regulation if you’re packing:

  • Hair gel
  • Hair texturizer
  • Hairspray
  • Shampoo

When you’re going through security, separate your quart-sized bag of liquids from the rest of your luggage to help expedite the screening process. If you’re unable to fit these liquids in 3.4-ounce containers, or you can’t fit the containers in a single quart-sized bag, then pack them in your checked luggage instead. The TSA does not implement liquid limits on checked bags.

Other exceptions to the liquids rule includes duty-free liquids that were purchased internationally before traveling to the United States on a connecting flight. If you picked up some liquid hair products from an airport’s duty-free section, you may pack them in your carry-on in quantities larger than 3.4 ounces if they meet the following standards:

  • You purchased the liquids internationally, and you’re traveling to the United States with a connecting flight.
  • The retailer packed the liquids in a transparent, secure, tamper-evident bag.
  • The liquids don’t show signs of tampering when presented to the TSA for screening.
  • You have the original receipt of purchase, and you bought the liquids within 48 hours of the TSA screening.


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You are allowed to carry a hairdryer in your carry-on baggage. However, the following must be taken into account during transport:

  • The hairdryer must be in good working order. Possibly, you must prove that the device functions properly at the security checkpoint.
  • The hairdryer must be presented separately at the security checkpoint. This is also the case for laptops, tablets and other electronic devices.
  • The regulations for hand luggage (weight, dimensions) must not be violated by the hairdryer. Also, the hairdryer must not protrude from the carry-on baggage.
  • Find out about the local mains voltage at your destination. If the mains voltage at your destination is different than at home, you may need a travel adapter and possibly an additional voltage converter (travels to the US).

Hairdryer in carry-on: what the airlines have to say about it

British Airways: It is all fine by British Airways to carry a hairdryer in the carry-on bag. I contacted them through Facebook, and this is the answer I got from them.

Easyjet: A hairdryer may be carried in hand luggage. According to a request on Facebook, the easyJet staff has no problem with this.

Eurowings: As long as the dimensions of Eurowings are met (55 x 40 x 23), the transport of a hairdryer in hand luggage at Eurowings should not be a problem, says the lovely lady from Eurowings.

Flybe: The Airline is sympathetic towards hairdryers in carry-on bags. So you can pack your hairdryer and bring it onboard the aircraft. No problem.

Lufthansa: Hairdryers are allowed in both checked and hand baggage, Lufthansa said.

Ryanair: The lady in the Ryanair live chat said the following about hairdryers in Carry-On Baggage at Ryanair: “Yes, that’s possible.

But beware: As of 1 November 2018, there will be new baggage regulations at Ryanair. In general, passengers in the economy fare (cheapest airfare) will only be allowed to bring a small piece of hand luggage on board. Of course, there might be a shortage of space for the hairdryer.

You might ask yourself whether there are no universal or at least EU-wide regulations for such items that all airlines have to comply with? Surprisingly, the answer to that is NO. Now it is the case that there are recommendations by the IATA, the International Air Transport Association, and while most Airlines stick to the recommendations of the IATA, they are not binding after all.

Besides, airlines can, if necessary, raise the standard and lay down stricter rules than those envisaged by IATA. This ultimately leads to the fact that there are no uniform regulations in many matters relating to baggage regulations.

Are you allowed to use the hairdryer onboard?

Electronic devices such as curling irons and hair dryers must not be used during the flight. Reasons for this are:

The use of such devices represents an increased safety risk.
A hairdryer causes a lot of noise and thus impairs the travel experience of the passengers present.

Hairdryer in carry-on baggage on US travels

Let’s have a quick look at what applies to the hairdryer in your hand luggage when you travel to the USA. The responsible authority in the US for luggage questions is the TSA, the American Transport Security authority.

A glance at their “What can I bring” section will reveal the following when it comes to hair dryers in hand luggage:

Transport of Hairdryers | TSA

Carry-on bags: YES

Checked Bags: YES

Accordingly, the TSA also gives the green light for hair dryers. This applies to carry-on baggage as well as checked baggage. Can hairdryers also be transported in checked baggage in Europe (within the EU)?

Can hairdryers also be transported in checked baggage in Europe (EU)?

Transport in checked baggage is also permitted. However, it is not allowed to transport all electronic devices in checked baggage simply like that. For example, Powerbanks (which belong to the category of spare batteries) must always be transported in hand luggage.

Do you really need to bring your hairdryer?

Depending on which accommodation you are staying in during your trip, it makes no sense to even bring your hairdryer.

In most hotels, for example, hairdryers are standard equipment. So before you travel, it’s best to check your hotel reservation and description and see if the hairdryer may already be provided by the hotel.

In some cases, the hairdryer may not even be mentioned in the description of the accommodation, although it might still be included. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to briefly contact the accommodation (by phone or e-mail) to ask if a hair dryer is available.

We recommend the following hairdryer

If you are still looking for the perfect hair dryer for your journey, we might have something for you: the Beurer Style Pro HC25 UK Premium Travel Hair Dryer hair dryer with ionic function.

What makes the Beurer Style Pro HC25UK Premium Travel Hair Dryer stand apart from other hairdryers on the market?

The Beurer HC 25 has the following advantages, among others:

  • It is light and weighs just about 500 grams.
  • Thanks to the folding handle, the hairdryer can be reduced to a minimum size for travelling
  • The hairdryer comes with a voltage switch: 110/220-240V. So if you are travelling to the USA, for example, you don’t have to buy a voltage converter

What about hair straighteners in carry-on baggage?

Straightening irons may as well be carried in carry-on baggage.

According to EU regulations, hair straighteners used to straighten curly hair are not classified as prohibited or dangerous items in carry-ons.

Accordingly, there is no reason why they should not be carried in carry-ons. As a rule, the smoothing iron does not have to be shown separately at security screenings. However, the security staff might ask you to prove the functionality of your smoothing iron.

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After offering full refunds for passengers affected by the grounding of all aircraft in North America last week, suppliers have now reverted to their normal cancellation policies.

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If you want to cancel a vacation you have booked for next winter with a tour operator, it will cost you the deposit, usually $250. If you cancel less than 21 days before departure, you forfeit the entire cost of the package because tour operators pay for the air seats and hotel rooms at least two weeks out. Cruise lines have similar policies. The closer it is to the departure date, the more you lose.

Trip-cancellation insurance covers things such as medical emergencies and a death in the family, but not fear of travelling. Most insurance policies do not cover acts of war or terrorism (although RBC Travel Insurance, one of the largest in the industry, waived that policy last week for claims from Sept. 11 to 15).

You can try a charge-back on your credit card if you don’t receive what you pay for, but you can’t charge back if you fail to fulfill your part of a contract with a travel supplier because you’ve changed your mind.

Ontario does have an industry-financed compensation fund for travellers, but this does not kick in if you cancel because you are afraid of flying or fear a terrorist attack. The fund pays claims only when consumers have paid for travel services but did not receive them because of the failure of an Ontario-registered travel agency or tour operator.

Here is an update on the latest travel information:

Air Canada did have one piece of good news for travellers this week. Check-in times are much shorter for domestic flights and the Express Check-in kiosks have reopened. Minimum check-in times are now 30 minutes for Rapidair, one hour for other domestic flights, 90 minutes for U.S. flights and three hours for international destinations.

If you are travelling with an electronic ticket, bring your confirmation to the airport. In many cases, a printed e-ticket confirmation or paper ticket will be required to get through airport security.

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You will have to pack with more care. All sharp objects such as knives, scissors, metal nail files, even nail clippers should be in your checked luggage. Carry-on luggage is being limited by many airlines to one bag 20 by 40 by 55 centimetres.

Check with your airline on its policy with electric and electronic items. It can differ from airline to airline. Air France, for example, is asking passengers to “categorically refrain from carrying radios, cassette players, portable stereos, CD players, laptop computers, electronic games, calculators, electronic daytimers, alarm clocks, hair dryers, irons, cellphones, pagers, photo cameras, portable TVs, dictaphones, curling irons, musical instruments, electric toothbrushes and battery-operated toys.” Air Canada is recommending that all electronic devices (i.e. laptop, CD player and Walkman) should be packed as carry-on baggage. Passengers may not have in carry-on baggage any knives, “knife-like” objects or cutting instruments of any kind, including carpet knives, box cutters and other folding or retractable blades, straight razors or elongated scissors, regardless of size or material. Air Canada also recommends passengers leave electric devices at home (i.e. hair dryers, irons, and curling irons).

If you do bring them, they should be packed as checked baggage. Electronic items in hand baggage must be in working order. If they are not, some airlines remove them and will not make them available to the passenger for the length of the flight.

The Canadian Diabetes Association advises that passengers carrying insulin, syringes or other diabetes-related material must present a doctor’s letter describing the medications and medical devices in their possession at airport screening ports in Canada.

Most airlines have cut capacity by 20 to 25 per cent and Virgin Atlantic Airways has grounded five of its 747s and suspended some routes, including the new Toronto-London Gatwick service it launched in June.

The Consular Affairs Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade says that typically, U.S. officials have been willing to accept anything from a driver’s licence or birth certificate to a Canadian Tire credit card. Increasingly, however, Canadians are being required to show identification that includes a photo and proves their right to re-enter Canada.

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As part of beefed-up security, many airlines are now insisting that the name on the airline ticket must be identical to that on the passport.

A number of airlines have suspended their Internet-only weekend discount fares. Air Canada’s Web site said there are no Websaver fares this weekend and United Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways and TWA did the same. The sites are selling regular tickets.

Delta Air Lines said customers may make changes to their travel dates with no penalties, additional collection or administrative fees, provided tickets were purchased on or before Sept. 11 and reservations were originally confirmed for Sept. 11 to 25 travel, and passengers are rebooked in the same class of service, and new travel begins on or before March 31, 2002. (Return travel may take place on or after April 1, 2002.) Refunds are permitted for passengers travelling Sept. 11 to 18. Penalties and/or administrative fees will be waived. For refunds after Sept. 18, normal refund guidelines apply.

Air France said on Thursday that it was back to its regular schedule and the ticketing rules pertaining to travel conditions and restrictions should be respected.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have delayed the departure time of some ships this weekend by several hours to give passengers additional time to reach their ports.

Most suppliers have updated information on their Web sites so check there first if you need help. One of the most comprehensive Web sites for travel updates is U.S. Travel Bulletin Central, a portal on Sabre’s Virtually There Web site ( http://www.virtuallythere.com).

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It covers a variety of topics, including airlines returning to service, security changes, travel alerts and restrictions from governmental and other organizations as well as telephone numbers, policies and other information from car rental companies, cruise lines, tour operators and other suppliers.

Not sure what you can take in your hand luggage? Here’s our handy guide to help you work it out…


You can only take up to 100ml of each liquid, in a container of up to 100ml. So if you have 100ml in a container that is bigger than this, you probably won’t be able to take it (there are some exceptions).

All liquids must fit into a resealable clear plastic bag, roughly 20 x 20cm. You’re limited to one plastic bag per person.

One cigarette lighter is permitted in a separate plastic bag. You must keep this on your person. You cannot put lighters in your hold luggage.

The liquid restriction also applies to gels, creams and any semi-liquid foods like honey, jam or syrup.

You can take drinks with you but they need to be less than 100ml and fit into your plastic bag.

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Essential medical purposes and special dietary requirements

You can carry essential medicine and special dietary foods in bottles of more than 100ml as long as you have the supporting documentation from a medical professional. You should be able to take all essential medical equipment, such as tablets and hypodermic needles, but contact your airline if you need to take oxygen cylinders.

Contact lens solution is regarded as a liquid, so you can only take up to 100ml.

Baby food or baby milk

You can carry breast milk in containers up to two litres but no frozen breast milk. Each container will be screened at security, they may ask you to open the containers to screen the liquid. You can also take as much formula, cow’s milk, sterilised water for the baby, soya milk for babies and baby food as you need for the journey but the baby must be present.

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Duty free

Anything you buy from duty free at the airport after security is exempted if it’s sealed in a security bag and the receipt is sealed in the bag and visible. You can’t open it until you reach your destination.

Electronic items

Any electrical items need to have enough charge for you to turn them on. Lithium batteries must be carried in your hand luggage (this usually means your phone and your laptop).

There are some specific restrictions in place for flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. You have to put all phones, tablets, laptops, and e-readers in your hold luggage if they’re larger than 16 x 9.3 x 1.5cm. You also have to double check that keyboards, power supplies and external hard drives are no larger than those dimensions.

For all other flights, you’re allowed to take your mobile phone, laptop, tablet and e-reader in your hand luggage. You can also take hairdryers or straighteners, electric shavers, travel irons and e-cigarettes in your carry-on luggage.

You need to take these items out of your bag to go through the scanner on their own:

  • Laptop
  • E-reader
  • Tablet
  • MP3 player
  • CD player

You can keep your phone or a digital camera in your bag or jacket pocket.

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Prepare in advance
Before booking, check with your airline about travelling with a large musical instrument – you may have to book an extra seat for it on the plane.

Mobility aids, such as pushchairs, wheelchairs, walking frames and sticks, are usually allowed in the cabin (check with the airline if you have battery-powered aids) but will need to be screened first.

Other things you can take

You may be surprised to hear that all of the below are allowed in hand luggage:

  • Small scissors (blades no longer than 6cm)
  • Disposable razor (fixed cartridge razor blades)
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Tweezers
  • Knitting needles
  • Sewing needle
  • Safety matches (if you are not carrying a lighter)

Remember that most airlines don’t allow sharp objects or anything that could be used as a potential weapon. These could be taken from you at security.

For more information visit gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/personal-items
Additional reporting: Nathalie Bonney

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For many, hair straighteners but always be at hand but is that permitted on a flight? (Picture: Getty)

Packing hand luggage is a lot more stressful than it used to be.

Can you use bluetooth headphones on a plane?

Some sensible people like to ease the pain by travelling light.

Others couldn’t give a toss and just want to have their hair straighteners by their side 24/7.

But are you actually allowed to have your straighteners in your hand luggage? Let’s have a look.

When your several thousand feet up, do you really need your hair straighteners? (Picture: Getty)

While some items are not allowed in your bag, like sharp things and more than 100ml of liquids, you’re generally allowed to take most things on with you.

And the list of permitted items also (hurrah!) includes hair dryers and hair straighteners.

That’s as long as they’re powered by a plug and not batteries, of course. If you can turn them on mid-flight, it’s a no.

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To see a full list of banned items, compiled by British Airways, head here.

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Security advice

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Sharp and prohibited items

The following items are forbidden in hand baggage:

  • Toy or replica guns (including water pistols)
  • Catapults or slingshots
  • Razor blades
  • Sports bats, clubs or cues
  • Knives and scissors with a sharp or pointed blade longer than 6cm (scissors with blunt ends are permitted)
  • Tools
  • Darts
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless for medical reasons)
  • Items that could be used as a potential weapon

This is not an exhaustive list and if in doubt please check with your airline.

The following items are forbidden anywhere on the aircraft:

  • Party poppers
  • Acids
  • Poisons
  • Flammable liquids
  • Explosives
  • Matches or lighters (except on your person)
  • Bleach
  • Incapacitating sprays
  • Ignitable gas devices
  • Compressed gas
  • Compressed air

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Smoking materials

Cigarettes and other tobacco products are all allowed in hand baggage.

You can carry one lighter only on board the aircraft, which must be kept on your person throughout the flight. You will be asked to leave any additional lighters at the security point, so please make sure you only carry one on your trip.

Both lighters and e-cigarettes must be included within the liquid allowance and placed inside the one litre plastic bag for screening. Once the one litre bag has been screened, the lighter/e-cigarette must be removed from the plastic bag and carried on your person.

Please note the e-cigarettes are banned completely from hold luggage.

Matches and lighters are not allowed in hand or checked in baggage. You may take a single butane lighter or a box of safety matches on board the aircraft but only if carried on your person. Zippo lighters are also allowed as your one lighter.

Smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is not permitted inside the terminal building.

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Writing materials

Ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, gel pens and pencils are allowed, as are fountain pens with a single open cartridge in use, but any refills cannot exceed 100ml.
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Books, puzzles, games and stickers may be taken on board.

Hat boxes, sports equipment and wedding dresses all constitute an item of hand baggage. However, these must fit within the baggage size and weight restrictions. Please check with your airline if in doubt.

Some airlines only allow hoverboards in the hold. We advise you to check directly with your airline if you plan to travel with one.

You can bring musical instruments in addition to your hand baggage allowance.

Drones can be carried in your hand luggage as long as you meet the airlines size and weight restriction for hand luggage. You will need to notify the airline that you are carrying the batteries.

Portable electronic devices containing Lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh, can be taken in either hand or hold baggage. No more than two spare batteries may be carried in hand luggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.

Ashes can be taken in your hand luggage or hold baggage and they must be packed in a sealed outer box or case. In order to comply with regulations, please carry all necessary documentation, including a Certificate of Death issued by an authority from the country of departure. We do like to advise passengers in advance that ashes will need to screened along with any other items on the day. If you would like to do so, notify a security officer that ashes are present so that they’re aware.

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Hand luggage restrictions at UK airports

There are restrictions on what items you can take in your hand luggage and hold luggage when boarding a plane in the UK.

There are different rules if you’re taking goods to sell or temporarily abroad for business reasons, for example sales samples, professional equipment or musical instruments for a performance.

Airport security staff will not let anything through that they consider dangerous – even if it’s normally allowed in hand luggage.

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Hand luggage allowances

Check with your airline how many and what size bags you can take on the plane with you.

Check the rules for electronic items and devices you’re allowed to take on a flight before you travel – there are different rules depending on which country you are travelling to or from.

Taking liquids through security

There are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage. If possible, pack liquids in your hold baggage (luggage that you check in).

Liquids include:

  • all drinks, including water
  • liquid or semi-liquid foods, for example soup, jam, honey and syrups
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss
  • sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
  • pastes, including toothpaste
  • gels, including hair and shower gel
  • contact lens solution
  • any other solutions and items of similar consistency

If you do take liquids in your hand luggage:

  • containers must hold no more than 100ml
  • containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
  • contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
  • the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
  • you’re limited to 1 plastic bag per person
  • you must show the bag at the airport security point

Liquids in containers larger than 100ml generally cannot go through security even if the container is only part full. There are some exemptions.

You can take liquid containers larger than 100ml through security if they:

  • are for essential medical purposes
  • are for special dietary requirements
  • contain baby food or baby milk

You can also take liquids bought at an airport or on a plane (such as duty free) through security if:

  • the items are sealed inside a security bag when you buy them
  • the receipt for the items is sealed in the security bag and visible

You must not open the security bag until you reach your final destination. Airport staff may need to open the items to screen the liquid at the security point.

Liquid restrictions outside the EU

Countries outside the EU might have different rules on carrying liquids as a transit or transfer passenger. You should check these rules with the relevant airlines and airports before travelling.


You can only carry 1 lighter on board. You should put it inside a resealable plastic bag (like the ones used for liquids), which you must keep on you throughout the flight. You cannot:

  • put it in your hold luggage
  • put it in your hand luggage after screening

Food and powders

Food items and powders in your hand luggage can obstruct images on x-ray machines. Your bags may need to be checked again manually by security. You can put these items in your hold luggage to minimise delays.

How should I pack my hand baggage?

The rules for packing hand baggage

Want to save money traveling? Pack your hand baggage the right way! This is especially important if you’re taking a budget airline because they love charging extra fees to people who can’t pack. Here’s how you can pack right:

  • take a backpack instead of a suitcase – it’s more ‘flexible’, and you can put on a few extra pieces of clothing before the flight to make your bag smaller
  • take only what you absolutely can’t live without and buy some things after you arrive at your destination
  • put cosmetics (especially creams, shampoo, etc.) in small containers available at drug stores, and don’t forget about the limits on liquids
  • for ages, people have searched for the best technique to fold clothes – the answer is simple, just roll everything up and put your things as close together as possible
  • take things that need to be removed during the airport security check (cosmetics, laptops, etc.) on top of your bag
  • put your travel documents in an outer pocket

What size hand baggage can I take?

Each airline has its own rules about hand baggage amounts, sizes, and weight. There are also security restrictions every passenger has to follow.

55 x 40 x 20 cm

is the maximum size limit for most budget airlines

8 kg

is the maximum weight limit for most budget and traditional airlines

1 piece

is usually allowed on board the aircraft


  • Budget airlines don’t usually give babies a hand baggage allowance. Accessories, including baby food, are taken by the child’s guardians, who don’t get an extra hand baggage allowance,
  • Some traditional airlines offer extra weight and quantity to those flying business, premium, or first class,
  • If your hand baggage exceeds the limits, it can be taken as checked baggage, as long as it follows the relevant rules.

Ask your airline for detailed information about baggage allowances.

What to take in hand baggage?

The kind of things you should take on board are valuables, jewelry, documents, and money. Registered baggage can get damaged during the flight, so delicate things like cameras, computers, or items made of glass should also go in your hand luggage.

Can I put food or drink in my hand baggage?

When packing your hand baggage, don’t forget about restrictions on liquids that you can take on board. These include drinks, liquid foods, cosmetics, etc. Strict rules also apply to creams, gels, aerosols, shaving foams, toothpaste, and lotions. You are only allowed to transport liquids in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml. All containers have to fit in a see-through plastic bag no bigger than 1 litre in volume.

Exceptions to these restrictions apply to baby food and medicines necessary for the passenger during the duration of the flight.

There are no restrictions on transporting food within EU borders. You can take sandwiches, pastries, sweets, sausages, fruit and vegetables, and other products.

Many airlines (mostly traditional) allow one extra piece of baggage that counts as hand baggage. These are usually things like:

  • a laptop bag (with a charger and a mouse)
  • a camera (in a separate bag or in hand baggage)
  • another small electric device (telephone, mp3 player, portable game consoles)
  • umbrella
  • coat
  • reading material (but not your whole library)
  • handbag (whose content will be examined during the airport security check)


Budget airlines usually don’t let you take any extra baggage on board, so everything we mentioned above needs to fit in one piece of hand baggage.

What am I not allowed to take on board?

You are not allowed to take sharp objects like scissors, multi-tools, corkscrews, etc.

Where should I put hand baggage on the plane?

Hand baggage should be placed in an overhead bin which can be found above your seat.

  • Travel Documents: Your passport, a copy of your passport, travel visas, tickets, itineraries, travel vouchers and anything else related to your trip must stay with you at all times. Never pack travel documents in your checked baggage.
  • Prescriptions: Pack your prescription medications in their original containers, not in pill organizers. Place all prescription medications and any required over the counter medications in your carry-on bag. Never put prescription medications in your checked luggage.
  • Valuables: Your jewelry, cameras, laptops, cell phones, photographs, GPS units, first edition books and anything else worth a reasonable amount of money all belong in your carry-on bag. You will need to keep your bag within sight, too, as pilfering from carry-on luggage occasionally occurs.
  • Chargers: Cell phone, camera and laptop batteries eventually run out of power. Packing your chargers in your carry-on bag ensures that you will be able to charge all of your electronics as needed.
  • Extra Clothing: If the worst happens and your checked baggage is lost, you will be glad to have a change of clothes available. Pack, at a minimum, extra underwear and socks, but try for a complete second outfit. On the way home, you can use this space for souvenirs (assuming you have extra clothing waiting for you at home, of course).
  • Toiletries: If you are traveling by air, you will need to pack your liquid and gel toiletries in a one-quart plastic bag with a zipper closure. Container capacities must not exceed 100 milliliters (about three ounces). Toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, liquid makeup, mouthwash, hand sanitizer and any other liquids or gels must all fit into this plastic bag.
  • Eyeglasses: Keep your eyeglasses with you, either in your carry-on bag or in your purse or laptop case. If you are sensitive to bright sunlight, pack your sunglasses right next to your prescription eyeglasses. Never pack designer eyewear in your checked baggage.
  • Book, MP3 Player or e-Reader: You’ll want to keep busy during your trip. Bring books or music along to help the hours go by.
  • Food: If your flight will be long or if you have food allergies, pack your own food and skip the airport food court and airplane food.
  • Warmth Items: Air travelers will appreciate the warmth of a light jacket, scarf or small blanket during long flights. Cruise ship staterooms tend to be a bit chilly, too.
  • Disinfecting Wipes: Keep your tray table and armrests clean and prevent the transmission of germs by using disposable disinfectant wipes to clean plastic surfaces.
  • You’ll also want to be sure to keep in mind the restriction about what you can’t put in your carry on bag.

When it comes to carry-on baggage, there are many rules to follow. Lots of different items are either restricted or not allowed in carry-on baggage at all. Sometimes for obvious reasons, sometimes not. So what about umbrellas such as large stick umbrellas and smaller pocket umbrellas? Are they violating the regulations in any way or are you safe to bring them onboard the aircraft?

Are umbrellas allowed in hand luggage?

Most airlines allow umbrellas (stick umbrellas) & pocket umbrellas to be transported in hand luggage. Umbrellas of any kind usually fall into the category “accessories”.

Most airlines allow at least one such accessory to be carried in addition to a large piece of hand luggage, such as a trolley or a large bag or rucksack. In addition to that must airlines will also allow you to bring one so-called personal item, such as a handbag or a laptop bag.

To find out whether accessories can be taken on board in addition to a regular large piece of hand luggage, please refer to our epic list of hand luggage regulations for the most important airlines worldwide! Just have a look at the last column of the list. You will find allowed personal items & accessories as defined by the respective airline.

Which components of umbrellas cause problems?

If there are problems with umbrellas at the security checkpoint, it is usually because of the metal tip. If your umbrella has a sharp metal tip, there is a higher risk that it will be confiscated at the security checkpoint because your umbrella could be considered to be a dangerous object. In this case, try to make the metal tip harmless with a little tape or another tool to prevent your umbrella from being classified as a weapon because of the tip.

The size of the umbrella can also be a decisive factor. The rule of thumb is that smaller umbrellas such as a pocket umbrella or other foldable umbrellas have a better chance of passing the security check. So a tiny pocket umbrella should always be prefered over a big stick umbrella.

And please don’t forget that most of the airlines will allow you to bring one big hand luggage into the cabin as well as a personal item (handbag/laptop bag) AND an accessory. Umbrellas usually fall into the category of accessories. But for some Airlines this might not be the case, and that could mean that you could not bring the umbrella in addition to your carry-on bag and your personal item onboard the aircraft. In this case, you would probably need to stow the umbrella INSIDE of your regular hand luggage (or maybe in your personal item).

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Umbrellas in carry-on: What the different airlines say

Folding umbrellas can be transported in carry-on baggage. Most airlines count umbrellas as accessories, which can be transported in carry-on baggage in addition to your trolley or backpack.

Small foldable umbrellas are allowed on most airlines as “accessories” in addition to the regular carry-on baggage on board the aircraft.

These Airlines do indeed allow umbrellas as accessories (as stated on their website): China Airlines, Condor, Delta, easyJet, EVA Air, Jetstar, Peach Aviation, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Ryanair, Silkair, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, tigerair Australia, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin America (These results are easily obtained by filtering the list by “umbrella” in the search box at the top right. However, many more airlines are likely to tolerate umbrellas as accessories but they just don’t explicitly state umbrellas as such on their website.

With the airlines that we just mentioned at least, the transport of umbrellas should not cause any problems from the airline’s perspective. However, there may still be problems with the security check at the airport, because the security check personnel is provided by the airport and not by the airlines.

Umbrellas in carry-on: What the different airports say

Above we have already referred to our epic list which lists the hand luggage regulations (for Economy passengers) for the vast majority of airlines worldwide. And there, as already mentioned, in the last column you will find information about the personal belongings that may be brought on board (in addition to the regular hand luggage). Often you will also find the explicit indication “umbrellas”.

Now it can also be a good idea to have a look at what the airports themselves have to say about the permitted items on board (hand luggage) because ultimately it is the airport personnel who carry out the security checks and not the staff of the airlines. A small but subtle difference.

However, it might be the case that the security check personnel is okay with your umbrella, but the airline has a more restrictive policy regarding umbrellas. Accordingly, it is indeed always a good idea to consider the regulations of the airports as well as those of the airline with which you are travelling.

London Heathrow

Staff from London Heathrow airport is answering questions about their rules on Twitter. The question about umbrellas onboard has been asked a couple of times on their Twitter page and it seems that London Heathrow does not have anything against umbrellas onboard. However, it needs to be said that umbrellas are subject to security screening.

London Gatwick

I contacted London Gatwick airport about this matter and what they said is: “Please ask the airline that you are flying with about this issue”. This is annoying. Because when asking the airlines about it (allowed/forbidden items onboard), they often say “Please ask the airport staff about it”. In fact, tt truly is the security staff at the airport that can decide about these matters and not the airlines themselves, as the security stuff always has the last word on the matter. Anyway, it does not seem they have a problem with umbrellas in specific, as long as the regulations of the Airline you are flying with, are respected.

Dresden Airport

I contacted Dresden Airport via Facebook and they told me that umbrellas in hand luggage would be fine. You should therefore not have any problems with umbrellas, at least not at the security check. If your airline allows umbrellas as an additional accessory on board, this should not be a problem when departing from Dresden.

Frankfurt Airport FRA

My direct contact with the Federal Police Headquarters at Frankfurt Airport has shown that umbrellas may be carried in hand luggage without hesitation. Of course, you have to respect the allowed dimensions and the maximum weight of the respective airline.

Graz Airport

Just like at Vienna Airport, Graz Airport welcomes umbrellas and pocket umbrellas /folding umbrellas in hand luggage.

Hamburg Airport

The Hamburg Federal Police, which operates at Hamburg Airport, replied that for security reasons there was nothing to prevent umbrellas from being taken along. Umbrellas should therefore not be a problem at Hamburg Airport during security checks.

Vienna Airport

In an official PDF of Vienna Airport, the question of what may be taken on board is clearly stated: Umbrellas and toddlers allowed on board.

Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport also does not comment directly on the website about carrying umbrellas in hand luggage. But I contacted the airport personally and in the reply email to me, it said “umbrellas in your hand luggage”:

“Umbrellas and also toddlers may be carried in hand luggage or checked luggage. The regulations and their exceptions apply internationally and are implemented here in Zurich in the same way.”

So also in Zurich green light for umbrellas. Yay.

Umbrellas in carry-on: USA

The USA often has different rules and regulations in stock than EU countries when it comes to the question of what may or may not be carried in hand luggage. But America doesn’t leave you standing in the rain when it comes to umbrellas, because according to the TSA, the American transport security authority that is responsible for security regulations for hand luggage and luggage, umbrellas are allowed in the cabin of an aircraft. In this context, the TSA only points out that regulations regarding weight and size, as defined by the airline, must be complied with.

The umbrella and its story According to Wikipedia, the first written mention of an umbrella in Europe dates back to 800 AD. At that time the abbot Alcuin of Tours left an umbrella to the bishop Arno of Salzburg with the words “I send you a canopy to keep the rain away from your venerable head”.

Do you still need a good travel umbrella?

If you don’t have a travel umbrella yet or would like to buy a new one soon, then perhaps this umbrella could be interesting for you. This umbrella is very suitable for air travel as it fits easily into your hand luggage due to its compact dimensions (29,2 x 5 x 5 cm). Moreover, it offers some other great features which make it your ideal travel companion:

  • Auto open/close function allows for easy use. Only one hand needed.
  • Sturdy 9-RIB construction to withstand even powerful gusts without turning inside out
  • Waterproof, weatherproof and instantly dry
  • Lightweight: Only 399 grams

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Can I take scissors, tweezers or an umbrella in hand luggage?

While most everyday items such as scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers are allowed, there are other simple items that are prohibited. You definitely won’t be cracking open the wine on board as corkscrews are not allowed in hand luggage. Knives of all kinds over 6cm in length are also banned on board, so leave that pocket knife at home if you don’t want to lose it at airport security (this rule also applies to scissors). Surprisingly, lighters are frowned upon so we’d recommend picking one up when you arrive at your destination.

So what exactly can you take in your hand luggage?

Everyday items

Item Permitted on board?
Corkscrew No
Cutlery No
Knife (with sharp or fixed blade more than 6 cm) No
Folding blade knife No
Scissors with blades greater than 6 cm No
Razor Blades No
Cutter No
Nail Clipper Yes
Tweezers Yes
Knitting needles Yes
Lighter No
Safety Matches No (may be carried on the person)
Umbrella Yes
Cane Yes
Wheelchair Yes
Children’s stroller Yes
Liquid for contact lenses Yes
Printer cartridge No

Can I take my laptop on the plane flying from Ireland?

Currently, you are permitted to take your laptop and other electronic devices on all flights as hand luggage from Ireland to your final destination, if flying direct. The recent laptop ban caused some confusion, but at the moment carriers operating from previously affected countries (Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia) are no longer subject to relevant restrictions.

If you are carrying a power bank or rechargeable camera battery over 16cm, you may be asked to place this in your hand luggage at check-in. Lithium batteries should not be stored in the hold, and as such, you’ll have to put them into your hand luggage.


Item Permitted on board?
Laptop Yes
Tablet Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Hair dryer or straightener Yes
Camera and camera equipment Yes
Travel iron Yes
Electronic razor Yes

Can I take my medicine in my cabin bag?

Medicines, pills and tablets are usually allowed in your hand luggage as long as the containers they are in do not exceed 100ml. If you need to carry more medicine with you, you must notify the airline in advance. For oxygen or air for medical use, this will depend on your airline and it’s best to check directly with them before flying. EasyJet permits compressed air or oxygen cylinders with a medical certificate, so long as the length does not exceed 0.5 metres and the diameter 250 mm. Ryanair also allows different types of respiratory equipment (masks, respirators, ventilators continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP) so long as they comply with cabin baggage dimensions. If you’re taking liquid medicine such as a cough bottle, ensure it under 100ml or it will be taken off you at airport security.

Item Permitted on board?
Cooling gel pack Yes
Medical equipment Yes
Drugs and pills Yes
Syrups and other medicines in liquid form Yes
Hypodermic syringes Yes
Inhalers Yes
Bottles of oxygen Contact the airline directly
Scalpels No

Can I bring sandwiches, food or drinks in my carry on bag?

Food, such as a packed lunch, is permitted so taking some sandwiches or Tayto crisps on board should not be a problem. You can also take snacks such as fruit, nuts and sweets with you. Drinks are a different story, however, and you cannot take liquids over 100ml, which also applies to tinned fish, brined olives, soft cheese and jams. So leave grandma’s strawberry jam at home for the week! Whilst the liquids restrictions is still in place, parents can bring sterile water or milk for their baby, so long as it’s tested with security. If you want water for the plane, you just need to buy it after you go through security.

NOTE: If bringing food and snacks such as fruit on board, it is important to eat it or throw it out before landing in certain countries. Australia, for example, is extremely strict on what food items can be brought into the country and you can get landed with very big fines.

Vietnamese Pork Banh Mi Sandwich with Cilantro and carrot


Item Permitted on board?
Any drink (eg water, fruit juice, tea, coffee) No
Milk, powder, cow or soya Yes
Sterile water for baby Yes – in a bottle
Baby food Yes
Jam No
Syrup No
Honey No
Fresh cheese in liquid or malleable form (cheese, spreadable) No
Yogurt No
Soup No
Sauce No
Oil No
Vinegar No
Dried Fruit Yes
Nuts Yes

Can I bring my hockey stick, parachute or fishing rod in my hand luggage?

There is no hard and fast rule for all sports equipment, but most are not allowed on the plane. This includes tennis rackets, crampons, walking sticks and ice skates. If you have a large piece of equipment you wish to ship, make sure you call the airline before your flight to discuss the best way to transport it. Most large sports items must be checked in and then brought to the oversize luggage area for inspection, so if you’re heading on your holidays with just hand luggage, best to leave the hurley at home!

Sports equipment

Item Permitted on board?
Sports parachute Yes
Bats and rackets No
Golf clubs No
Darts game No
Hiking stick No
Ice skates No
Fishing rod, harpoon or rifle No
Firearms (including reproductions) No
Martial arts equipment No
Diving equipment No
Crossbows, arrows and arrows No
Fronds and catapults No
Crampons No
Javelins No
Ice axes and ice picks No
Swords No
Canoes and paddles No

Can I take work tools and equipment in my hand luggage?

Unfortunately, airline cabin luggage restrictions don’t favour carpenters or designers. If you have a hammer, nuts, bolts, screwdrivers or paint spray with you in your tool box, you will need to check all of it in, even if they’re small.


Item Permitted on board?
Blade or cutting tools larger than 6 cm (eg screwdriver) No
Drill and accessories No
Professional knives No
Cutting mats No
Saws (including portable electric saws) No
Hammer No
Machete No
Aerosol paint No
Turpentine and paint thinner No

What other items aren’t allowed in cabin luggage?

Can I bring camping equipment in hand luggage?

If you’re heading away camping and were hoping to bring your tent in your hand luggage, we have bad new for you. Tents will need to go in the hold during the flight, as the poles can be considered dangerous. If you’re considering bringing gas for the fire, think again, as it’s not permitted on board, and any of your camping snacks (tinned fish) need to fit the 100ml liquid limit.

Can I bring my photography equipment on board?

This normally just depends on the size of your equipment. If your cameras and tripods can all fit in a hand luggage bag that meets the airlines restrictions, you should have no problem bringing it on board the plane.

Can I bring my drone as hand luggage?

With the popularity of drones for both professional photographers and hobbyist, drone laws are still evolving. Currently you can bring your drone as hand luggage with you as long as it fits within basic cabin baggage dimensions. However, if you are transiting through certain airports, such as Budapest, you will be asked to check your drone in. Remember that drones are totally illegal in many countries, such as Morocco and Cuba, so don’t even think of bringing it to these places unless you want to lose your drone to security and potentially end of in jail!

Are candles and oils liquids, or solids?

If you are planning to bring some candles on holiday with you, or hope to pick some up to bring home as a gift, remember that candles count as liquids, as do solid oils (like coconut oil) which means they can’t be over 100ml.

Can I take hazardous materials in my hand luggage?

All hazardous materials, pointed or sharp objects and weapons (such as revolvers, firearms, pistols and rifles) are prohibited in your hand luggage. It is also the case for tear gas, compressed gas, cleaning products and fire extinguishers and other “chemicals and toxic substances”. That includes peroxide hair dye, so don’t bother planning a mid-holiday hair dressing session!

You should also note fireworks and gunpowder is banned in all forms, including the poppers that kids sometimes play with. The good news is that you can carry traditional Christmas crackers on your carry-on baggage if you fly with airlines like Aer Lingus – but do check the rules of your airline to avoid disappointment!

Read more about the Christmas gifts you can and can’t take on board in our detailed article.

*Information correct at the time of publication, however check website of the airline you will be flying with for specific details of their baggage and hand luggage policy.

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