We business traveling fools know that any mouthwash, toothpaste, lip stick, hair gel, or a host of other potential liquid like substances must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. In addition, all liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. As business travelers, we know the drill for our carry-on bags. I have even gone so far as to shave off my goatee (they are a little dated), and stay out of the sun for fear that I might fit some TSA profile. So, I can now make it though the security check without breaking a sweat. I am all for safer sky’s.
However, are you sure you know what can and cannot go into your checked baggage? Have you ever wondered what happens to our checked baggage? Have you ever noticed when you open your luggage at your hotel, it looks a little disheveled?
Of course, my luck would have it that the day I skipped the trip to the dry cleaner, I got a short notice call to travel to West Texas. Not a problem, I realized I would have some time to iron in my room. I mean what hotel can say they are a business hotel and not have an iron and board? I decided to throw in a can of spray starch in my luggage just to make my ironing date a little easier.
Well, I made it all the way to
It turns out, according to the letter I received from the Federal Aviation Administration, some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. By the way, the letter went on to say that they have dropped my case (oh good, I never knew I had a case). If you want to get the skinny on what hazardous materials the FAA regulates check out this link www.faa.gov – or just make it to the cleaners on time.