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What's a girl to do without her signature scent? If you've got an airline flight coming up, don't worry -- you'll be able to take your favorite fragrance with you. But make sure you follow Transport Security Administration (TSA) guidelines, or your perfume may end up confiscated at the security checkpoint.
Packing Perfume in Carry-On Luggage
You can bring your perfume in your carry-on luggage as long as the container is 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or smaller. Put your perfume with your other liquids -- like toothpaste and shampoo -- in a quart-size, zip-top clear plastic bag. You'll have to remove this bag from your luggage at the security checkpoint, so don't bury it at the bottom of your carry-on. If your perfume bottle is larger than 3.4 ounces, consider taking a sample-size bottle for your trip -- it'll be easier to pack and less to carry.
The Reasoning Behind TSA's Restrictions
Yeah, we know your perfume's not a threat to national security, but because X-ray screening can't distinguish between normal liquids and liquid explosives, the TSA only allows travelers to bring small amounts of liquids. If you have to bring larger amounts of essential liquids, like medicine or baby formula, you can declare these items to a security officer for special screening -- but you won't get this special treatment for your perfume.
Packing Perfume in Checked Luggage
There aren't any restrictions for liquids in your checked luggage, so you can bring your whole collection of fragrances, if you want. But make sure all bottles are sealed and glass bottles are properly padded, or your entire suitcase may be drenched in Chanel No. 5.
TSA officers may unpack and examine your checked or carry-on luggage, so try to pack neatly and don't over-pack. Don't gift-wrap perfume or other presents, since security officers may have to unwrap them. And make sure you check with your airline for weight restrictions (especially if you're having trouble lugging your bags out to your car), since overweight luggage may land you an extra charge.