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Can you bring a disposable razor in carry-on luggage?

Updated July 19, 2017

As a precaution, air passengers are required to comply with baggage rules prohibiting potentially dangerous items on board planes. Passengers often wonder if disposable razors are allowed in carry-on luggage.

Significance

Disposable, or safety, razors are permitted in carry-on luggage because the blades are enclosed in the plastic holder. Straight razors use loose blades, which could be used as weapons: therefore they are prohibited.

Safety

When packing items that are sharp, wrap or sheath appropriately to protect yourself, baggage handlers, and security personnel from injury.

Who Determines What is Prohibited?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides passenger and baggage screening for all airports. The TSA maintains the list of potentially dangerous items that are prohibited in carry-on luggage on commercial airlines.

Exceptions

Keep in mind that transportation security officers (TSOs) reserve the right to deem permitted items dangerous and not allow them through the security checkpoint.

International Flights

Disposable razors are allowed in carry-on baggage on flights originating in the United States. If you are travelling from another country, be sure to check its specific guidelines on prohibited items.

Considerations

Always check with your airline for new or changed restrictions before packing your baggage.

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Sarah Mastrian has been writing and editing since 2003. In addition to writing for a variety of lifestyle and travel websites, Mastrian has an extensive background in developing marketing and public relations materials, and editing non-fiction books. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, and Master of Education in sport management and marketing from the University of Minnesota.