How many 3 ounce bottles are we allowed?

Old May 26th, 2007, 05:23 AM
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How many 3 ounce bottles are we allowed?

I am having problems getting the right answer to this question. I've heard it's only one bag per traveler but then I read that there is not a limit to the amount of liquids, and gels as long as it in the 3ounce bottle and is stored in the quart size bag. Anyone know differently?
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Old May 26th, 2007, 05:34 AM
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One 8" x8" bag can contain as many items as can comfortably fit. It must be fastened closed. No single item can be more than 100ml.




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Official rules are located at http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm
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Old May 26th, 2007, 05:35 AM
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Nope - as long as the 3 oz bottles fit in the bag, it's my understanding you can have all you want - I leave on Tuesday for a 3 week tour and my baggie is crammed full w/3 oz bottles. Flew w/the same crammed baggie on a domestic flight this year and didn't have a problem. Good luck w/your trip.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 05:54 AM
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The guidance from TSA could not have been more clear from the beginning:

Store carry on liquid or gels in less than 3 ounce containers in a 1 quart, clear plastic zip-top holding bag. The bag limits the volume. One bag/pp.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 06:03 AM
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And remember, that the limitations on liquids only applies to carry ons. Liquid quantity is unlimited in checked baggage.

I can't possibly survive with just a carry on to Europe since the carry on size limitation is much smaller than on domestic flights. I'll pack most liquids in my checked baggage and not deal with carry on liquids that are non-essential during flight.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 06:14 AM
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Just returned from an International flight on Monday and was on a flight to Florida 3 weeks ago. Yes, you can have one bag only and as many items as can fit in that bag. I think my wife broke a record on the # of items she got in her one bag.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 06:25 AM
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Whoever told you only one bottle per bag definitely should not be trusted for any information whatsoever. That doesn't even make sense on the surface, what would be the purpose of the bag (quart size, no less), if you were only allowed to put one 3 oz. bottle in it.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 12:23 PM
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Thanks to all of you who provided me some useful info! I have to vent a minute and say I still don't understand why people will respond to posts if they aren't going to address the question? When anxious-ridden travelers are preparing for trips they aren't looking for criticism like a few fodotrites feel entitled to provide!
Whew....done with that rant. Thanks again.
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I'm not real sure about multiple 3-oz. bottles of the same thing, but I "collect" hotel shampoo and will frequently go thru security with 4 or 5 small bottles which together would equal much more than three oz. I also have two or three sample size tubes of toothpaste. Everything fits comfortably in the bag (called a "Kippie.") I travel almost every week somewhere within the US and almost exclusively with carry-on only.
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Giggles -- thanks for the rant. I join you full heartedly. On another post I was asking for some help and instead received criticism of my parenting skills from several people. My suggestion to these Fodorites is that they contact their PCP's to up the dosage on their sedatives.... LOL.... (You're right -- I feel a lot better now)
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Given this is the Europe forum remember that the above only applies to flights FROM the US
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One thing I've discovered is that it's actually easier to keep toiletries and cosmetics in a quart-size plastic bag...it's nice to simply toss the bag on the bathroom sink counter; you can see what you need at a glance. I don't even bother with a regular cosmetics bag any more.
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100ml=3.3 ounces. So 3.3 oz are allowed? Some of my toiletries are 3.3 oz.
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For those of you who did not go to the TSA site I listed earlier which explains all of this quite clearly, here is what they say:

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Prescription medications, baby formula and milk (when traveling with an infant or toddler) are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

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