(Updated July 2023) “Can I bring a disposable razor in my carry on?” is one of the questions I am often asked by readers. It’s a valid question, disposable razors have blades, right? And sharp objects on planes are generally frowned upon. The reality is that it depends on the kind of razor you want to pack.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has rules about what you can take on a plane. You will always want to double-check their website if you have any doubts at all.
Of course, different types of razors, as well as other similar items, exist, and different rules also exist for each. It depends on the type of razor, whether it has exposed or removable blades, and I am sure other factors that I have not thought of. Since these rules are pretty important, let’s go straight to the source, aka: what does the TSA say?
TSA Rules for Disposable Razors
Rather than rewrite the rules for you, here is a screenshot of the TSA page. Note that the screenshot clearly states that “the final decision rests with the TSA officer”. So while you may read this and think your razor is fine, the TSA agent you encounter may think differently, and it’s their call.
Can I bring a disposable razor in my carry on?
With that, according to the TSA website, disposable razors are allowed on planes. And, you can also take the type where the head of the disposable razor has replaceable cartridges that you switch out. The recommendation is that, in either case, make sure to sheath/wrap the blade or disposable cartridge razors in a way that no one is hurt when reaching for something in the bag – you or the airport security agent!
Can I bring an eyebrow razor in my carry on?
Next, you may wonder about other types of razors. While the TSA does not address eyebrow razors on their What Can I Bring? page, a Twitter user asked this question on the @AskTSA account on Twitter. TSA responded that eyebrow razors are allowed. Remember, the final decision rests with the TSA officers.
Thanks for the photo! Regular disposable eyebrow razors are allowed in carry-on bags. Pls note that the final decision rests with checkpoint supervisors on whether an item is allowed through the screening checkpoint.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) August 9, 2021
Can I bring a safety razor in my carry on?
Safety razors are NOT allowed in hand luggage although you can bring them if you check your luggage. That said, if you bring the safety razor without the blade you can bring it in the cabin as well. So if you wanted to bring your razor and buy replacement cartridges or blades at your destination, that is an option.
Can I bring a straight razor in my cabin baggage?
No, you cannot. While the TSA does not answer this question exactly, they do answer one about Razor-Type Blades. This includes box cutters and razor blades not in a cartridge. A straight razor may provide an excellent shave, but it’s basically a knife, so if you must bring it, check your bags. If you don’t, for obvious reasons TSA will very likely confiscate your straight razor at the first security checkpoint you go through.
Can I bring an electric razor in my carry-on baggage?
You may carry on electric razors, and you may bring electric razors in checked luggage. If you are traveling outside the United States, remember that different countries have different voltages. Depending on your final destination, you will want to make sure you are able to charge your electric shaver at your destination.
Can I bring a shaving cream in my carry-on luggage?
Of course, if you are bringing a razor then you very well need shaving cream too, right? This TSA rule would logically apply to shaving cream or shaving gel that is aerosol. The size of the container must comply with the 3:1:1 Rule. Specifically, anything that qualifies as a liquid must fit in your liquids bag and be less than 3.4 oz.
Can I bring shaving soap on the plane?
The TSA guidelines do not have a position on this product specifically. However, @AskTSA on Twitter did state that if it is a bar of soap, then yes. However, if it is a paste or a cream that is spreadable, then it qualifies as one of your liquid items and must be in the plastic bag with the rest of them.
Good question, Barry. As long as it’s a solid bar of soap, it’s good to go. If it’s a paste or is spreadable, it must follow our liquids rule of 3.4 oz or less in carry-on bag.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) January 25, 2018
Shaving Supplies You CAN Carry On Your Flight
Finally, here are some items that you are allowed to carry on your flight. And yes, ultimately, and most importantly, the final determination is up to the TSA agent of course!:
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Frequent Asked Questions
Can you bring a gillette razor on an airplane?
Gillette has many razors that are allowable on a plane. It is more about the type of razor than the brand. Disposable razors, including the type that has replacement blades, and electric razors can go in carry on luggage. However, anything that has an exposed blade that is easy to access or remove must go in your checked bag. Read the post above, or check the What Can I Bring page of the TSA Website for full details.
Can you pack shaving razors in checked luggage?
This depends on the type of shaving razor in question. Disposable razors, including the type that has replacement heads, and electric razors can go in carry on luggage. Anything that has an exposed blade that is easy to access or remove is a dangerous object and needs to go in your checked baggage. Read the post above, or check the What Can I Bring page of the TSA Website for full details.
Can I bring a women’s razor in a carry-on?
This depends on the type of razor the woman uses. Disposable razors, including the type that has replacement heads, and electric razors can go in carry on luggage. Anything that has an exposed blade that is easy to access or remove must go in your checked bag. Read the post above, or check the What Can I Bring page of the TSA Website for full details.