TSA Approved Razor Rules (Disposable, Electric, Etc.) [2021] - UponArriving (2023)

There are a lot of common items that people ask about when it comes to TSA rules. I’ve seen a lot of questions related to things like food, alcohol, deodorant, and a lot of other commonly used products. Another common product often asked about is: razors.

In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about the TSA rules for razors. I’ll break down the different types of razors you might be concerned with (disposable, electric, etc.) and give you some good options for TSA-approved razors.

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What are the TSA rules for razors?

TSA will allow you to bring certain types of razors through airport security but others will be prohibited. Disposable razors and electric razors are generally allowed but other types of razors may be prohibited. Keep reading below to find out more details.

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Disposable razors (TSA approved)

If you use disposable razors, you are in luck because you will be allowed to bring your disposable razors through TSA airport security and onto the plane as a carry-on. This includes the two different types of disposable razors.

The first is the type of razor that you throw away entirely (there is no razor blade cartridge). These can be very economical and you can find a dozen of these for under $20. (Personally, I don’t like using these cheaper razors but that’s just me, everyone’s face, legs, body, etc. is different.)

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The other type of disposable razor utilizes a cartridge so you only throw away the cartridge but you keep the handle and simply add a new cartridge — usually after about a hand full of shaves depending on how coarse your hair is. These are my favorite types of razors and I’ve been loyal to the Gillette Fusion5 Proglide (for men’s shaving) for a very long time. Gillette also makes quality women’s razors.

All of these disposable razors are allowed by TSA. The thinking, I believe, is that it’s difficult and/or time consuming to remove the blades from the razor and the blades are generally small so they don’t pose that much of a threat.

So if you’re bring along disposable razors, you can pack them in a carry-on or checked luggage.

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Electric razors (TSA approved)

You might be a little bit more fancy and go with an electric razor when you shave. If that is the case then you are also in luck because you are allowed to bring electric razors through TSA security and onto the plane.

Electric razors come in a few different forms, but generally these are those razors that can be used on wet or dry skin and come with those funny looking heads. Because these are electronics and sometimes look odd, the TSA agents may want to take a closer look at your electric razors sometimes but it shouldn’t be an issue.

So you can bring electric razors on as a carry-on item or in your checked luggage — it is all up to you. By the way, hair clippers/beard trimmers are also allowed as carry-ons.

Safety razors (NOT TSA approved)

Safety razors are those razors that are sort of in between straight edge razors and disposable. Many people swear that these are better than disposable razors although that probably comes down to the type of skin and the coarseness of your hair.

Anyway, these razors are great because they can use high quality razors and also it can be cheap to replace the razor blades, allowing you to take advantage of some serious long-term savings compared to disposable razors. You can find some quality safety razors online for under $20 though high-quality safety razors can be much more expensive.

However, these are not TSA approved. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with open comb, closed comb, etc., if you have a safety razor, you can only bring the handle and not the razor with you through as a carry-on. Instead, the razors must be checked in your checked baggage.

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Straight edge razors (NOT TSA approved)

You probably won’t be surprised to find out that straight edge razors are not allowed through TSA security. Straight edge razors are those old-school grooming razors that you can find many barbers using. They are long and some people find them pretty terrifying when positioned close to their face or throat.

These obviously pose more of a threat to flight attendants and passengers and so understandably you cannot bring straight edge razors onto a plane. Instead, the razors must be stored in your checked baggage, though you can bring the handle on if they don’t contain a razor.

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What about shaving cream?

You might also be curious about the rules for bringing shaving cream through airport security. Shaving cream will be treated like a liquid and therefore subject to the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule. This just means that any container of shaving cream must be no larger than 3.4 ounces and must be placed in a clear zip lock bag no larger than a quart to bring it as a carry-on. If you have a large container of shaving cream, then you will need to put that in your checked luggage.

What about other sharp objects?

You might be wondering about other sharp objects like knives. You are allowed to pack certain types of knives and pocket knives in your checked baggage but these cannot be brought on as carry-ons. The only types of knives that are allowed as carry-ons or plastic or round pleated butter knives.

It’s good to remember the rule of thumb that you are generally prohibited from traveling with any sharp objects in your carry-on baggage.

You can actually get hit with a pretty hefty fine if you are caught with certain band objects that fall in the category below:

Axes and hatchets; bows and/or arrows; ice axes and ice picks; knives with blades that open automatically (such as switchblades); knives with blades that open via gravity (such as butterfly knives); any double-edge knives or daggers; meat cleavers; sabers; swords; and machetes throwing stars

TSA Razor Rules FAQ

Can you bring disposable razors on a plane?

Yes, you are allowed to bring disposable razors through TSA airport security and onto a plane.

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Can you bring electric razors on a plane?

Yes, you can bring electric razors on a plane. In addition, you can also bring hair clippers and beard trimmers.

Can you bring a safety razor on a plane?

Safety razors are not TSA approved so you cannot bring them on a plane.

Can you bring a straight edge razor on a plane?

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Straight edge razors are not TSA approved and are not allowed on a plane.

Can I bring shaving cream on the plane?

Shaving cream is treated like a liquid and is subject to the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule.This just means that any container of shaving cream must be no larger than 3.4 ounces and must be placed in a clear zip lock bag no larger than a quart to bring it as a carry-on.

Final word

TSA is pretty lenient whenever it comes to shaving razors. They allow you to bring disposable razors and also electric razors onboard so you should have plenty of options for staying on top of your shaving regime when traveling (no excuses for looking scraggly on the road)!

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FAQs

Can you take a electric shaver on a plane 2021? ›

You can carry a corded electric shaver without an internal power source (batteries/battery pack) in both your hand luggage and checked baggage. Be sure to properly protect the parts that are susceptible to damage.

Does TSA allow disposable razors in carry-on? ›

Disposable Razors: Disposable razors come in two types. The kind that is completely disposable (handle and all), or the kind where you replace them with cartridges. These are permissible in carry-on luggage with the blade and replacement cartridges.

Can you bring a razor on a plane 2022? ›

Yes, luckily you can take disposable razors on a plane in your carry on luggage. You should still make sure these are covered so you don't accidentally cut yourself when reaching into your bag. What is this? Disposable razors are also allowed in checked luggage.

How many disposable razors can I take on a plane? ›

Disposable razors, replacement blades, and electric razors can go in either your carry-on or checked baggage; if you have a safety or straight razor, you can pack it in your carry-on — but you must remove the blades first and pack them in one of your checked bags.

Do electric razors have lithium batteries? ›

There are three main kinds of batteries in electric razors. These are lithium ion (Li-Ion), nickel cadmium (Ni-CD) and nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH).

What do you have to take out of your bag at airport security? ›

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Can I take a Gillette razor in my hand luggage? ›

There are no restrictions on electric shavers and razors, so you are fine to pack these in your carry on hand luggage.

Do you still have to put liquids in plastic bags 2022? ›

Do you still have to put liquids in plastic bags in 2022? Yes, the rule about the bags is still a thing, but the TSA actually doesn't specify whether that bag needs to be clear. Still, a clear plastic bag will certainly make things easier for your TSA agent and help you get through security faster.

Can I take tweezers on a plane? ›

Yes, tweezers and razors are allowed on planes, in your cabin bag. So are scissors, as long as the edges are less than 4 inches long (10 cm). Straight razor blades, however, are not allowed in the carry-on. They must be packed in your checked bag instead, or left at home.

Does makeup count as a liquid TSA? ›

You might think that your makeup products, such as concealer or foundation, don't fall into the “liquid” category by TSA standards—but you'd be wrong. According to the TSA, concealer, foundation, and even liquid eyeliner falls into the same category as other liquid toiletries, like shampoo and conditioner.

Can I take deodorant on a plane? ›

Stick deodorant is fine in any size. Well, almost any size… Powders and crystals are good to go as well. Spray, Gel, Liquid, Cream, Pastes, and Roll-On deodorants need to be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces and placed in a clear quart-sized baggie.

How do you wrap a razor for travel? ›

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Do razors go in liquid bag? ›

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What is a safety razor vs disposable? ›

Safety razors are more environmentally friendly than cartridge or disposable models. This is because they don't harbour plastics. Instead, their handles are often made of metals that last a lifetime (if you look after them) and the double-edged blades they use are made solely from sharpened metals, usually steel.

What kind of batteries are in electric razors? ›

Most razors use either Nickel-Cadmium(NiCD) or Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). And very few use Lithium Ion. NiCD batteries last the shortest amount of time and need to be recharged often (but you get more charge cycles).

Can you bring an electric trimmer on a plane? ›

Yes, you can bring electric razors on a plane as a carry-on. In addition, you can also bring hair clippers and beard trimmers.

Can lithium ion batteries be taken on a plane? ›

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Can you take electric shaver in hand luggage? ›

Check with your airline before you travel if you're not sure about what you can take as hand luggage.
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Electronic devices and electrical items.
Allowed in hand luggageAllowed in hold luggage
Hairdryer or straightenersYesYes
Travel ironYesYes
Electric shaverYesYes
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Can I take a Philips one blade on a plane? ›

Yes, the Norelco OneBlade can be brought on an Airplane in either carry on or checked baggage.

Can I bring electric trimmer on plane? ›

Yes, you can bring electric razors on a plane as a carry-on. In addition, you can also bring hair clippers and beard trimmers.

Can electric shavers go in hand luggage Ryanair? ›

Any razor if the blade is in a plastic cartridge that is disposable, or if the whole plastic razor is disposable, is allowed in carry-ons. There is a confusion using the term safety razor.

What razors can you take in hand luggage? ›

Gillette razors and other safety razors that are mounted within a plastic head are usually allowed within hand luggage. Double-edged blades of any kind are banned from being taken on board flights, and that includes razor blades.

How many electronic devices can I bring on a plane? ›

We allow up to 2 of each device and 2 spare batteries intended for personal use only, with restrictions: Approved devices and batteries are safely packaged in carry-on only. Bags and boxes carrying more than the allotted amount for personal use will not be accepted.

What do you have to take out of your bag at airport security? ›

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Can I bring tweezers on a plane? ›

Yes, tweezers and razors are allowed on planes, in your cabin bag. So are scissors, as long as the edges are less than 4 inches long (10 cm). Straight razor blades, however, are not allowed in the carry-on. They must be packed in your checked bag instead, or left at home.

Can you take tweezers in hand luggage? ›

You can bring tweezers into the cabin, and scissors with rounded ends and blades less than 6cm long. Razor blades are only allowed in the cabin if they're set in plastic. Knives with a blade not exceeding 6cm can be taken on board. Other sharp objects are not allowed in the cabin.

Can I have a phone charger in my hand luggage? ›

Do not pack you portable charger (power pack) in hold luggage: Taking your portable phone charger (power pack) on a plane is fine, but just remember to pack it in your hand luggage. Do not put them in your hold luggage as this is not permitted and could result in your luggage not being loaded.

Can I take a Gillette razor in my hand luggage? ›

There are no restrictions on electric shavers and razors, so you are fine to pack these in your carry on hand luggage.

Can you bring nail clippers through TSA? ›

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Can I take deodorant on a plane? ›

Stick deodorant is fine in any size. Well, almost any size… Powders and crystals are good to go as well. Spray, Gel, Liquid, Cream, Pastes, and Roll-On deodorants need to be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces and placed in a clear quart-sized baggie.

Can deodorant go in hand luggage? ›

Can I take deodorant or aerosols in hand luggage? Aerosols and roll on deodorants are classed as liquids, so any containers larger than 100ml will need to go in your luggage in the hold. Containers smaller than 100ml are accepted if in a clear plastic bag.

Can you take nail clippers in hand luggage? ›

Personal items such as small scissors, spoons, disposable razors, nail clippers and files, tweezers and knitting needles are allowed. As are glass items – however you might want to check they are well protected before packing them up.

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