Taking a few minutes to prepare may help to prevent some real hassles at security
or even the frustration of having some personal property confiscated. Most countries
now prohibit or strictly limit the size of containers with liquids, gels, aerosols,
and pastes that you can take in your carry-on luggage. Empty containers that could
contain liquids are usually prohibited as well.
Examples of liquids and gels included in these security measures are:
- Hair gel
- Hair spray
- Other items of similar consistency
You ll go smoothly through the security checkpoints in most countries if you follow
these guidelines for your carry-on baggage.
- Do not pack or carry any empty containers.
- Limit all liquids, gels, aerosols, and pastes to a maximum container size of
- Place all such items in a quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag
- Remove your quart-size bag from your carry-on and place in the provided bin as you
approach the checkpoint.
In some airports it is possible to purchase these type of items and take them on
board the aircraft once you ve cleared security. However, if your continuing travel
takes you through additional checkpoints where they re prohibited, they could be
Special provisions are usually made for necessary items such as medications and
baby formula. For specific guidelines, visit the additional resources below for
links to the appropriate government agency.