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Security question - an electric toothbrush.

We will soon fly within the USA. My wife hopes to take an electric toothbrush. Has anyone had any problems doing this? Thanks.

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George, I usually travel with a somewhat "basic" Electric Travel Toothbrush in my carry-on, and so far no one has ever questioned it. In the past, I've also packed along a SoniCare in my checked luggage (which I believe uses NiCad batteries), and again no problems at all. I don't usually take it to Europe, as it's an older model and the Charger is strictly 115 VAC. I'd rather avoid having to take a Voltage Converter just for one device. Happy travels!

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It shouldn't be a problem. Be aware that the TSA does recommend that any device with a lithium battery be placed in your carry-on bags. Though rare, these batteries are known to spontaneously catch on fire. It's easier put out a fire in the passenger cabin, as opposed to the baggage hold.

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3580 posts

My Braun electric toothbrush uses 2 AA batteries. I've traveled with it many times with no problems at security. The batteries last a long time.

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So, a related question. I am not planning to take along toiletries, including toothbrush. It's not because I like to stink, it's because I figure there will be 4 of us, in Europe for a month. Why haul along all that stuff when I'm guessing they sell shampoo and toothbrushes in Europe?

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"I'm guessing they sell shampoo and toothbrushes in Europe?" Actually, many are surprised to know that they do not sell toothbrushes or shampoo in Europe. Well, shampoo maybe, but not toothbrushes.

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You know, actually there's no toothpaste here or anywhere else in Europe. The one exception is Switzerland which, while on the continent of Europe is not within the EU or the Euro Zone. I take regular trips there and bring back boxes of the stuff which I buy at the Swiss supermarket, Migros. Really, I do.

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I can't recall the topic precisely, but I clearly remember a post about security screening awhile back with a link to an x-ray photo of someone's carry-on luggage...I'll be darned if you can't carry on a lot of different kinds of battery-operated devices with no problem whatsoever! Some of these will apparently improve one's vacation immensely. Anyone remember that one? Back to the question: You shouldn't have any issue with carrying on something like a battery-operated or electric hair trimmer, curling iron, or toothbrush. Nigel: No toothpaste in England? That explains a lot. :)

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George, the main thing is to MAKE SURE the charger is dual-voltage; not all are (even the 'big brands'). OR, depending on the brand, etc., you may be able to leave the charger at home because you get enough brushings in between charging. You'll have to experiment. On my last trip through security, the TSA was really interested in my electronic facial cleaner (just like an electronic toothbrush for the face - kinda). Actually, just the charger base. VERY interested. Frankly, I suspect they were bored, and were just practicing and looking busy...Hey, I had time...I was going to tell him approximately how many of those very cleaners had probably gone through without them noticing them, but just let it drop ;-) Bottom line is, they're 'legal'.

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Eileen, they are flying WITHIN the US. I think the voltage will be OK.

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No toilet paper or deodorant either ;-)

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10344 posts

I must say that the European Community not having toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and toilet paper, well, it's most unfortunate. But we could forgive all that. But not having peanut butter, well, that's just unacceptable.

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Melody, "I got it. Bring tooth-stuff. :)" Good decision! I've found that the "tooth stuff" is extremely useful even during travel. I usually pack along a few of the foam "Toothettes" that Hospitals use along with the usual "tooth stuff". Helps to "freshen up" during the trip.

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Just make sure it won't easily get turned on in your baggage. I still remember when my father was hauled away by security guards in Lyon airport to open his bag for them because his electric shaver had turned itself on when the case dropped off the conveyer.

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Sorry George - I DID read your post, but AGAIN my post didn't make it the same way I wrote it...and I missed the omission in my proofreading. It should have read: "George, the main thing when traveling overseas is to MAKE SURE the charger is dual-voltage". Several of us are having trouble with getting our words AS WRITTEN to post onto the threads...Entire paragraphs are missing from my posts ARRRRRGGHHHH!

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Thanks to everyone for your kind responses. I've tried to answer questions on this forum for quite some time but I don't believe that I've ever asked a question. I am surprised by the number of responses and also the good humor that you've shared. I shall soon get my DW off to sunny Florida WITH her electric toothbrush. George.

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Melody, I hope you didn't take them seriously about No tooth stuff! They have everything we have here! I buy my toiletries there. I just bring a few small ones to hold me over, so I can shower upon arrival.

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Tami, What does that word you used, is it "s-h-o-w-e-r", mean. I think I once heard of this. What is it?

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That's it. I'm taking away all your travel and posting licenses.

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Nigel, you don't need a shower; you have a Bath. I crack myself up.