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TSA creams, liquids, gels 3-1-1 bag?

I haven't flown in a very long time and certainly not since the TSA set new standards for carryons. When the say that all liquids, creams, gels, have to in a one quart size bag, what category do mascara, lipstick, chapstick etc. fall under? Can those go separately in a purse/backpack or do those fall under the same limitation and have to go in the 3-1-1 bag?

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5258 posts


According to the website, mascara (as well as other liquids or gels) needs to go in the 3-1-1 quart sized plastic bag.

Posted by
362 posts

I carry my Chapstick outside my 3-1-1 bag, and so far nobody has pitched it out. But be advised that when in doubt, cram it into that 3-1-1 bag before you go through security.

Posted by
2768 posts

Chapstick and lipstick (not liquid gloss but the tube kind) shouldn't need to be in the 3-1-1 bag. I think the rule of thumb is if you can squeeze or pour it out of its container then it goes, but if it's more solid then it can be out. So the gooey chapstick in the squeeze tube would be in the bag, same for liquid lipstick or gloss tubes, but the typical type wouldn't. I keep all my makeup in its own bag, not the 3-1-1 and never been questioned on it - I do have mascara but no other liquid products, just lipstick, cream blush, and pencils and powders.

Of course you could always run into a picky TSA agent - these things aren't too consistent - but by what I've been told and experienced chapstick and lipstick won't raise any flags.

Posted by
4574 posts

And if it matters, gel deoderant goes in, harder, white 'solid' goes out.

Posted by
2712 posts

Liquids and gels in the bag. But, keep in mind if you are traveling overseas TSA rules don't apply. If anything, we found the UK to be stricter, such as insisting my tiny bottle of prescription eye drops go in the bag.

Posted by
28 posts

Thanks everyone!
I guess better safe than sorry or hold up the line huh?
I guess I'm gonna have a lot of "stuff" to cram in that little bag LOL, and hope my checked bag doesn't get lost.

Posted by
1625 posts

If your checking a bag you can put any size liquid you want in there. The 3-1-1 bag is only for the items you are packing in your carry on bag so need to cram anything. I don't even worry about a 3-1-1 bag when I check in.