Can You Bring Dental Floss On A Plane?

Last Updated on May 5, 2021

So you want to travel with some floss and are wondering if it’s safe to pack.

Let’s take a look at the rules.

TSA Dental Floss Rules

The Transportation Security Administration are the team that run the airport security checkpoint. If anyone was going to stop you taking dental floss on a plane it would be those guys.

I checked their website but couldn’t find any mention of dental floss.

Thankfully, a little while back Willie asked the TSA about this on Twitter.

The TSA answered. “Yes, dental floss is allowed in carry-on bags”.

So yes. You can pack dental floss in either carry-on luggage or checked luggage. The TSA don’t have a problem with it.

Keep in mind that the TSA officer who screens your luggage always has the final say about what is allowed through the security checkpoint. However since floss isn’t prohibited then you shouldn’t have any problems.

Still Unsure? Ask The TSA

You can write to the TSA on Twitter, show them a photo of the item you are unsure about, and they’ll get back to you quickly with an answer.

Sara asked about packing dental floss picks in her carry-on.

The TSA told her that “dental floss picks are good to go in carry-on bags”.

Chris asked “Can I bring these plastic toothpicks with my carry on?” and the TSA said that plastic toothpicks are allowed in carry-on luggage.

But it’s not only plastic toothpicks. You can pack titanium toothpicks in hand luggage as well.

Even though these items are a bit sharp their small size means that the TSA doesn’t consider them to be dangerous.

With these little dental tools it comes down to the size.

Ricardo asked about packing a dental tool kit in carry on.

The TSA replied that “dental tools that are 7 inches or less and aren’t sharp are allowed in carry-on bags. Larger items must be packed in checked bags”.

Final Thoughts

Yes, you can bring dental floss onto planes. You can also bring toothpicks, floss picks, and other small dental instruments that are under 7 inches in length.

Just remember that toothpaste is limited to containers 3.4 ounces or less.

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