Whether it’s your legs, your chin, or other intimate areas we often need to shave while on a trip.
In other words, flying with a razor is necessary for anyone that likes to stay neat and tidy.
Yet razors are sharp and could be seen as dangerous…
So, can you take a razor in hand luggage?
Well, the answer depends on what type of razor you are thinking of taking.
Let’s have a look at the rules.
TSA Razor Rules
The transportation security administration is the organization that enforces what you can and can’t take in your carry on luggage. Here is a screengrab from their website:
Can You Take A Disposable Razor On A Plane?
You really can’t find a smaller, lighter, shaving device than your basic single blade disposable razor, which makes it the most convenient, reliable way to shave while you’re on the road (or plane, this case.)
The answer to the question of whether or not you can take disposable razors on a plane is a resounding yes, although this rule does come with one exception:
No safety razors!!!
Disposable razors can be purchased in just about any part of the world, or here on Amazon.com.
You can also use razors with disposable head cartridges likes these:
Whereas on the other hand, most safety razors look a little something like this:
Disposable razors with detachable, disposable heads are okay, but safety razors with interchangeable blades are not okay for carry-on bags because, according to the TSA website, they are not safe since “the blades are so easy to take out.”
Remember the TSA exists to stop weapons or flammables getting on to planes. A blade from a safety razor is a serious weapon whereas a blade from a disposable razor is really just a flimsy piece of metal that wouldn’t cut anything.
If you must have the pristine shave that a safety razor affords, you can carry the blades in checked luggage.
Can You Take An Electric Razor On A Plane?
According to USA Today, electric razors are definitely permissible for your carry-on. As far as the batteries to power your handy dandy electric razor; thankfully, those are also acceptable to keep in your carry-on luggage.
One of our main premises here at TravelingLight.com is we that like to pack light and electric razors can be bulky, so to cut down on toting around some heavy apparatus in your bag, you can try these on for size:
For something simple and compact check out the Panasonic ES3831K.
Maybe carrying around the additional charger or batteries for an electric razor is worth the investment for you–which is fine and works well within TSA’s rules.
Whatever you decide to carry, electric razors are an excellent way to go for their lack of sharpened edges and accessibility.
Can You Take A Straight Razor On A Plane?
Okay Sweeney Todd… cmon… be serious now… a straight razor???
Unfortunately for those infatuated with the precision that comes with using a straight razor, these particular items are strictly prohibited, as they fall under the rule of “Don’t carry sharp objects onto an airplane.”
Although it is generally understood that it is under that particular agent’s authority as to whether or not an item breaks the rules, rest assured, this one is definitely on the books as being contraband and almost certainly will be confiscated.
If you are flying carry on only and want to have a straight razor at your destination then consider shipping it to your hotel or wherever you are staying.
Alternatively, if you want to take a knife or a sharp razor on a plane then you’ll need to check it in your luggage!
What About Shaving Gel Or Foam?
I thought you would never ask…
Aerosol products and other liquid items have been deemed safe to travel by the Department of Homeland Security and by virtue, the TSA.
However, most of you are hopefully aware of the 3.4 oz rule, which basically means; try to buy travel-size items and other items of this ilk to avoid being harassed, questioned, or searched by your best friend, airport security.
An example of a good size of shaving gel to travel with would be this product:
Everybody has their own preferences when it comes to the products they use for a good shave, and if none of these fit your inclinations, you may also want to try shaving cream bars.
Bars work great because there is no limit to how many you can carry on a flight, so if you are going to be away for a long time, this could just a good move for you.
And you get to feel all manly by using one of those little shaving brushes too they even make travel shaving brushes!
The Word On The Tweet
I checked Twitter to see what people were saying about flying with razors to see if there was any interesting information.
Jonathon was getting the green light from @AskTSA about his shaving razor with disposable cartridges:
And I discovered that an eyebrow razor like Karina wanted pack is not allowed in hand luggage.
And yes you can bring a pill cutter on a plane. The tiny razor inside doesn’t worry the TSA.
Don’t Forget To Pack Your Razor
I have had a countless number of times in my life where I’ve had to ask myself, “Can I take this in my carry on?” And also close in number are the times I’ve had to chuck something out once I realized that it indeed did not pass the necessary qualifications.
This article should help save you some time and money when it comes to packing those pesky razors around with you on your next trip.
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