Can You Bring A Snow Globe On A Plane?

Last Updated on April 11, 2023

Key Takeaways

  • The TSA liquids rule applies to snow globes containing liquid
  • Small snow globes containing less than 3.4 oz (100 ml) of liquid can be brought in carry-on luggage.
  • If packed in hand luggage snow globes must be packed in your one quart-sized bag.
  • Larger snow globes can be packed in checked luggage without restriction.

TSA Snow Globe Rules

The Transportation Security Administration’s security procedures limit how much liquid passengers can bring on to planes.

Snow Globes usually contain liquid so the TSA liquids rule applies.

Here’s what the TSA says on their website:

Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces of liquid (approximately tennis ball size) can be packed in your carry-on bag ONLY if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit into your one quart-sized, resealable plastic bag. Each passenger can only bring one quart-sized bag with 3.4 oz or smaller containers. Larger snow globes must be packed in checked baggage.


How To Measure The Amount Of Liquid In Your Snow Globe

It’s probably best just to compare what 100 ml or 3.4 oz looks like and eyeball it.

If you wanted to measure how much liquid is in your snow globe more accurately you could use the displaced liquid method.

  • Fill a bowl or container to the brim with water
  • Put your snow globe in the container
  • Water will overflow
  • Use a measuring jug to calculate the volume of the displaced water

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