Whether you’re going on that much-awaited vacation or a business trip, you want to look your best. And you may want to keep your cosmetic tools like tweezers with you.
For safety reasons, you can’t always bring your everyday items on a plane. And you have doubts about the innocuous tweezer.
Just like you, many travelers have difficulties finding a definitive answer to this question: Can you bring tweezers on a plane?
So, can you bring tweezers on a plane?
According to TSA, the answer is YES.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was established in 2001 to protect and secure the nation’s transportation systems. They are the authority when it comes to such questions.
So yes, you can carry tweezers on a plane. They are allowed on both carry-on luggage and checked luggage. It is important to note this rule covers tweezers used for cosmetic purposes.
Are all types of tweezers allowed in your carry on?
Tweezers that are 7 inches or less are allowed in carry-on bags.
Oversized tweezers above 7 inches are permitted—but in checked bags. If you’re wondering what kind of tweezers can be that long, the answer is tweezers used for cooking or fishing.
If you are unsure about your type of tweezer, you can post a quick tweet to get clarifications from TSA, like this:
However, remember that the final decision of whether an item will be allowed on the plane or not remains with the airport security officers.
If you’re carrying tweezers, you might also be looking for the answers to other frequently asked questions, such as:
Can you bring nail clippers on a plane?
Yes, carrying a nail clipper on a plane is allowed for domestic travel within the US. You can also bring nail clippers when departing from any of the airports in the United States.
Nail clippers are allowed on a plane in both carry-on bags and checked bags as per TSA guidelines.
TSA has also answered the question on Twitter to clear any doubts that you might have.
However, some airlines may prevent nail clippers onboard as per their discretion, so you might want to call the airline and check with them before packing nail clippers.
The final decision of whether any item is allowed onboard always lies with the airplane crew and airport security.
When carrying such objects, be mindful of the safety of the baggage handlers and airport security inspectors. Properly sheath and secure sharp objects to safeguard them from injuries.
Can you bring your manicure set on the plane?
Yes, the manicure set is allowed on a plane. TSA hasn’t imposed any restrictions on the everyday manicure items such as:
- Cuticle cutter
- Toenail nippers
- Nail filer
- Specialized clippers
- Manicure metal items
- Nail polish*
- Nail polish remover*
*As long as it complies with the 3.4oz rule on bringing liquid on a plane
However, TSA has restricted scissors to be bought on board, especially if its blade is longer than 4 inches. It can afflict severe injuries and is a cause of concern for airport security, so avoid packing those in your hand luggage.
Can you bring razors on the plane?
Disposable razors are allowed on a plane as per the TSA guidelines. It can be carried on checked bags and hand luggage.
Concerning razors, there are several things you need to keep in mind, such as follows:
- Razors with disposable cartridges are ALLOWED on a plane.
- Carrying safety razors where the sharp blades can be taken out is NOT ALLOWED.
- Straight razors are STRICTLY PROHIBITED on an aircraft as they can be used as a weapon and pose a security threat.
- Electric shavers are ALLOWED on a plane in both hand luggage and checked bags.
- Individual razor blades are NOT ALLOWED.
Need more details? TSA has an informative blog dedicated to razors to help you out.
It should clarify any doubts regarding tweezers, nail clippers, razors, and other manicure items people like to carry when traveling.
Don’t worry if you still have doubts. Ask TSA is active on Twitter to answer any questions you may have. Reach out to their dedicated Twitter handle meant to answer travelers’ questions at @AskTSA.
When in doubt about whether something can be allowed on a plane or not, ask yourself if the item in question can be used as a weapon. If yes, then it potentially won’t be allowed on the plane. Pack such items in checked bags or, even better, leave them at home.
But when it comes to cosmetic tweezers, rest assured: you can bring tweezers on a plane with you.