Butane curling irons - allowed on aircraft?

Sep 7th, 2010, 03:07 PM
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Butane curling irons - allowed on aircraft?

I read conflicting information about whether or not I can take my butane curling iron with me on an airplane. This is such an incredibly handy tool to have with me on international trips as it eliminates the need for a converter - which run too hot anyway and fry my hair. I have read that it is permissible in either carry-on or checked baggage as long as the protective cover is in place, but that extra cartridges are not allowed. I have also read where these items are not allowed at all. The TSA website doesn't explain in detail the policy for this type of appliance. Does anyone have the answer to this question?

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Sep 7th, 2010, 05:46 PM
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see my post on your other thread -- they are not allowed in UK airports. TSA is only applicable for flights leaving US airports.
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Sep 9th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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not allowed as far as I know because of the butane canisters. check with TSA but I've seen picutre with a X thru it....Too bad because I used them for years when traveling so I didn't have to worry about plugs, current converters, etc. BUT now most curling irons are interchangeable for the different currents and an adapter is all you need.
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Sep 9th, 2010, 11:47 AM
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"not allowed as far as I know because of the butane canisters."

They ARE allowed by TSA in checked an carry (separated and w/ the safety cap on). Though TSA isn't really clear on that, there are some TSA directives that do allow them, but no additional tanks. That doesn't mean a specific TSA agent won't confiscate them.

But that really isn't the issue -- the OP may be starting from a US (TSA) airport, but she is traveling through at least 2 different European airports (info from her other thread) - where butane in not allowed.

What TSA allows has NO bearing on European/UK authorities/rules.

(anyway - do you REALLY want to take incendiary/explosive items on an airplane?)
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Sep 10th, 2010, 11:53 PM
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I have flown into and out of Heathrow twice in the past two years with my butane curling iron in my checked luggage and encountered no problems with doing so.
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Sep 20th, 2010, 07:58 PM
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Why not go to Target or Walmart and buy for $19.99 the travel curler set by Remington that has a dual voltage system? You just bring an adapter plug and you are good to go. I use it everyweek for work overseas and it never overheats and takes up very little space in your suitcase(less than 5 inches).
Butane is very dangerous to take on an airplane so please leave it at home!
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