your carry on face paint kit?
by Gary Cole
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It is a common thread on the list, particularly before face paint conventions on what is or is not allowed to be brought aboard the plane/jet. I thought I'd add this faq a summary as well as a good section of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) listing that can be found in total at www.tsa.gov . The reality is the TSA rules change from time to time so you need to check the government site for up to date guidelines. To make it even more frustrating you might be able to breeze through security on one day and get a lot of hassle the next. I travel more than most and I routinely carry on my paint kit. The most important thing for me is to remember to pack my glitter gels into the required one quart zip lock bag. All liquids and gels must be properly labeled and be under 3 ounces each. If you recant them into another container with no label then expect them to be taken away. Most of us use cake paints of some brand. I was told by one TSA officer that if they can press their finger into the cake (like on black or white on a warmer day) and leave a finger print then it is considered a liquid. With this definition all would have to fit inside the one quart size zip lock allowed. I've had them question me with over one hundred 18ml paints but in the end they let me through. This is the frustrating part as if your particular officer is having a bad day then you could receive grief that you would not normally get. In the end my suggestion is to pack your liquids into the checked bags and remember the bottom line is those TSA officers are really there to protect us all. I also advise you to be as courteous as possible. Getting testy with one of them generally will work against you. Then again, on the other hand, you should not have to take grief off of them either. Know the rules and go from there. I travel with one of those temperpedic neck pillows since I have a bad neck and I got grief over that in my carry on. The first comment I allowed to simply go in one ear and out the next. When pressed again I simply said "the last I heard pillows were not on the banned list." I got a dirty look but they let me board, pillow and all.
It all can get frustrating because it is easier to kill someone by stabbing them with your fine round brush than with that glitter gel container but hey, I do not make the rules. This leads me to the other items. Artists brushes are allowed and that might be a good thing. On the long flight from Dallas to London good old American Airlines opted to have my checked suitcase upside down and it ruined quite a few of my sable brushes. Nine hours plus is a long time upside down with pressure. For checked luggage it is best to store your brushes in a roll up bag of some sort.
Avoid liquids like spirit gum or aerosols as these are banned. Anything on the banned list should be avoided in your carry on and when in doubt look at the long list below.
When possible I would put most of what you take on a trip in the checked baggage. The more you carry on, the longer it will take you as well as others in line to clear security. In some airports like Orlando, Chicago and London these security lines can be quite long. Also those flying internationally need to understand the rules for carry on can change. The UK has slightly different rules for carried on luggage than the USA. In a recent trip to Scotland I carried on my backpack (that carries my laptops and other business essentials) and two small boxes. All were allowed from my flight from Dallas to London. When I changed carriers to go from London to Scotland I found out only my back pack and ONE box was allowed and it was too late to check the other box. I was forced to dump one in the trash or somehow make it all fit into one box. I had a very stuffed back pack on the second flight.
Well that should be enough to get you safely on board the jet. If you need more details or you are having problems sleeping at night you can check all of the TSA comments below. So put your seats upright, turn off all electronics and see if you can get away with painting the child sitting next to you on the flight. We want to see photos when you do.
all of the following came directly from www.tsa.gov which is the official site for the TSA.....
Permitted and Prohibited Items
On Tuesday, September 26, 2006, TSA adjusted the ban on liquids, gels, and aerosols.
Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.
The following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols carried through security checkpoints.
There are exceptions for baby formula, breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Please keep in mind that these rules were developed after extensive research and understanding of current threats. They are intended to help air travelers bring essential toiletries and other liquids, gels and aerosols for short trips. If you need larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols such as toothpaste or shampoo, please place them in your luggage and check them with your airline.
To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3 ounces of the following liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary (all exceptions must be presented to the security officer in front of the checkpoint):
You are allowed reasonable amounts over 3 ounces of the items above in your carry-on baggage, but you will need to perform the following:
We have also taken steps to ensure the security of the boarding areas after you pass through our security checkpoints. Therefore, any liquid, gel or aerosol, such as coffee or soda, purchased in the secure area beyond the security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane. Please note that if you have a layover and are re-screened at your connecting airport the current rules (see above) for carry-ons apply. For more details, get the 3-1-1 for carry-ons.
A printable version of the prohibited items listing is available. Prohibited Items List (PDF 164 KB)
To effectively communicate important security information, we translated these changes into a variety of languages. Security Information In Other Languages
You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items as such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids.
We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by being prepared before you arrive. We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines. Please pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked baggage even if you do not normally check a bag.
In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols numerous other potentially dangerous items are not permitted in carry-on baggage. We strongly encourage travelers to read more about previously prohibited items to avoid complications during screening.
To help you understand and navigate the new security measures, please click one of the links below.
It is unlikely that additional changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in the near future.
This security regimen applies to all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports. Travelers should, however, check with transportation security authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.
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|Aerosol spray bottles and cans||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Deodorants made of gel or aerosol||Yes -3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Eye drops - You are allowed to carry a 3 oz. or smaller container of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. There is no restriction on the amount you may carry, but containers greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.||Yes||Yes|
|Eyeglass Repair Tools - including screwdrivers.||Yes||Yes|
|Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics - Gel-filled bras may be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.||Yes||Yes|
|Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Hair Straightener or Detangler||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Knitting and Crochet Needles||Yes||Yes|
|Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives.||No||Yes|
|Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid foundations||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid sanitizers||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid soaps||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Liquid mascara||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Make up removers or facial cleansers||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Mouthwash||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Nail polish and removers||Yes -3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag. For more details see read our information on liquid medications||Yes||Yes|
|Personal lubricants - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.||Yes||Yes|
|Safety Razors - including disposable razors.||Yes||Yes|
|Saline solution - You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., of eye drops in a clear, one-quart plastic bag. Volumes greater than 3 oz. must be declared to the Security Officer and cannot be carried in your clear, one-quart bag.||Yes||Yes|
|Scissors - plastic or metal with blunt tips.||Yes||Yes|
|Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length.||Yes||Yes|
|Shampoos and conditioners||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Toothpaste||Yes - 3 oz. or smaller container||Yes|
|Toy Transformer Robots||Yes||Yes|
|Toy Weapons - if not realistic replicas.||Yes||Yes|
|Umbrellas- allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.||Yes||Yes|
|Walking Canes - allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.||Yes||Yes|
|NOTE: Some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. The FAA regulates hazardous materials. This information is summarized at www.faa.gov.|
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