Carry on liquids

Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 06:18 PM
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Carry on liquids

I know that TSA says liquids in your carry on luggage must be in containers not larger than 3 ounces, and must fit in a one quart plastic bag. Do the containers have to be the original ones? Can you fill a three ounce empty bottle with an allowed liquid and put it in your plastic bag in your carry on?
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Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 06:26 PM
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Yes, as long as the other bottle is 3 oz. or smaller.
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Old Oct 26th, 2007, 04:45 PM
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You can use any bottles. They even sell empty bottles for travelers.
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Old Oct 26th, 2007, 07:50 PM
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And don't fixate on "3 oz". For many products just 1 or 2 oz (or even less) is plenty for a week or two.
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Old Feb 1st, 2008, 05:44 PM
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Does anyone know how TSA considers small sample foil packets of items like sunscreen? I have some samples that are .07 oz -very small amounts. Do they have to be put into the 1 Quart ziplock bag or can they be stowed in the carry on bag as loose items? The reason I ask is that I want to carry on my bag and not check luggage, but need sunscreen and lotion, etc. for my very dry skin, but only so much will fit into my quart baggie. If I can stow the foil packets outside that baggie, it would help.
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Old Feb 1st, 2008, 06:22 PM
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the official rules? you have to put any liquid container in the quart bag.

unofficially - you may get away with few packets of sunscreen, (just don't quote me on that), BUT

the bigger question is - where are you going that you don't think you can purchase sunscreen once you get there?
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Old Feb 1st, 2008, 06:31 PM
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yes - you can buy sunscreen just about anywhere.

But if you just must take your own, that 1 qt baggie will hold a lot. You can likely squeeze in several of those packets along w/ everything else. It is amazing what will fit and the bag still zips . . . . .
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 01:18 AM
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My one-quart baggie is already stuffed. I have very sensitive skin and the dermatologist gave me samples of something I would prefer to use for sunscreen, and the brand is not likely to be available where I am going, if I can purchase sunscreen at all there. So I am looking for other options.

And yes, I am looking for more than what the TSA site offers, wondering about someone with actual experience with these small packets.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 03:04 AM
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Nobody can give you more. I have walked through security with a bottle of shampoo or liquid soap and nobody was wiser but I also forgot once that my cologne bottle was about 5 oz but only half full in a see through bottle but that didn't matter and when they saw it on the x-ray screen they gave me a choice. Leave it or ship it. I chose to ship it because it was very a very expensive bottle of cologne. The shipping was about $12. TSA has a little shipping station with envelopes right there. It's the luck of the draw, but nobody can tell you for sure. If TSA finds it and it wasn't in the bag, it's gone, or you're shipping it, no mercy.

In London, I just totaly forgot to take the quart bag out for inspection. Guess what? The only choice they gave me was to check in the carry on or lose the quart bag entirely just because I didn't declare it.

These little nazis don't use logic. The rules are rules.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 06:07 AM
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Thanks.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 10:07 AM
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I matters not one bit what we've experienced, nor what the TSA site says. It is up to the TSA screener you met that day.

But if those packets are that important - then find things already in the baggie to either downsize or eliminate. There is tooth powder that replaces toothpaste and doesn't have to be in the baggie. There is solid deodorant. Shampoo bars to replace liquid - and so on. If you need more room in the baggie, I'm sure there are way you can make it work.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 11:07 AM
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I had small foil packets of toothpaste that I carried. I took them loose and in a ziplock bag with no problem. The packets were maybe 4 inches long by an inch or less wide and very thin.

But all you need to do, wanderlust123, is put your lotion into the bag. Put the bag into the bin, the bin on the belt and thru the x-ray. After the xray separate the lotion from the baggie.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 11:28 AM
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This reminds me of my quarrel with the German security agent in Frankfurt, 2 years ago, who refused to allow me to pass thru a beautiful box of tiny liquor-filled chocolate bottles, made in Denmark, which I purchased at the ORD Duty-Free shop...

You couldn't even hear the liquid inside, but she took the box and was going to trash it... I told her I know at the end of the day she's gonna take it home. Her English was very limited, but she became nasty, and I simply refused to let her take it away.

It got bad enough for a local policeman to arrive. He was extremely polite, and suggested we open the box and divide the bottles among us 3 in the family, which we did, to her chagrin... I should have thought about it myself...
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 03:26 PM
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I know a lot depends on who is doing the screening. Some TSA folks are quite reasonable and some are not. But does anyone know if moistened towelettes in individual foil packages need to be placed in "the" zip lock baggie or can they be carried loose in the luggage? They make those for applying lotion, cleansing wipes, etc.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 03:50 PM
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You answered your own question -- it "depends on who is doing the screening"

But the official line from the TSA website: <<All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.>>

The Bold emphasis is from the website. "All" would seen to mean "all".
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 04:08 PM
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Does anyone know what stores sell the shampoo bars and toothpaste powder? I haven't seen toothpaste powder in years. I know you can buy this stuff online, but it's outrageously expensive. The liquid ban has been in place for quite a while, so you'd think by now more stores would sell them.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 04:15 PM
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Whole foods and other natural foods/health foods store tend to stock tooth powders more than regular shops do. Also some specialist travel/luggage shops sell it. But I've got my last two at Whole Foods.

Lots of places carry solid shampoo - drugstores, LUSH, health food stores, Body Shop, REI, etc, etc
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 04:58 PM
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I bought tooth powder at Whole Food right after the liquid ban. But that was before they allowed the "3oz inside the zip lock". Now, everybody can just bring their travel size toothpaste in the ziplock.

Do some of you really fill the zip-lock so full that you can't even find room to put in a travel-sized toothpaste?
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 05:41 PM
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"Do some of you really fill the zip-lock so full that you can't even find room to put in a travel-sized toothpaste?"

Nope, not me. Most anyone should be able to fit in everthing needed for a 2-4 week trip. But wanderlust123, who topped this old thread, apparently cannot squeeze in even a few packets of sun screen wipes. So I suggested she try to substitute things like tooth powder and solid shampoo to make room. And then Brian asked a follow up question.
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Old Feb 4th, 2008, 07:43 AM
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I went through security at LAX a few weeks ago and had 3 - 3 ounce containers filled with alcohol. It was labeled, shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion. They made the comment, thats a lot of liquids, but if it fits in the ziplock bag, it is ok.
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