Carrying an electric razor while traveling can be handy if you like to have a clean shave regularly. But, what about when you are traveling by air? Are electric razors allowed on a plane?
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the U.S.A. decides what you can or can’t carry on a plan depending on whether the thing can be a threat in any way. The regulations are set for all of our safety.
There are different rules for different types of razors. As far as electric razors are concerned, you are allowed to carry them on both checked luggage and carry-on bags.
The blades of an electric razor are not large or sharp enough to be considered as a threat to the TSA. So, they are not concerned with it.
However, you should keep in mind that the rules discussed in this article are only for U.S. airports. Whenever you are traveling to another country, you need to study the rules and regulations of their airports. Understandably, the regulations will vary from country to country.
Some Pro Tips for Carrying an Electric Razor on Plane
Though you can freely bring your electric razor on a plane, we have some tips for you. Keeping a few things in mind will absolutely make sure that you face no hassle in the airport or the plane for your electric razor.
You are allowed to carry batteries for your electric razor on a plane on carry-on and checked luggage. You just need to be careful about a few things.
If you are keeping the batteries inside the razor and bringing the razor on a carry-on bag, we would suggest removing the batteries first. On a turbulent flight, your razor might just get started because of the movement. So, it is safer to remove the batteries so as not to cause any alarm.
Some of the electric razors have an auto-lock function to make sure it does not start when you are not using it. You can lock your razor as well if your razor has that option.
You need to also check if you are carrying lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries. Because they are not allowed in checked luggage. You MUST carry them on your carry-one luggage.
Packing an Electric Razor
While packing an electric razor, you should keep two things in mind. Firstly, make sure that the razor can’t harm any luggage-handler or inspector in any way. Secondly, you need to ensure that the razor does not get damaged.
Though electric razors don’t have sharp enough blades to injure someone, it is still wise to cover the razor or put it in a toiletry bag. If the blades are removable, you can remove them as well to be extra careful.
Covering the razor or putting it in a toiletry bag will also make sure that there is no damage to your electric razor.
Should I Bring It on Carry-on or Checked Luggage?
Though it is completely your choice how you want to carry your electric razor on a plane, there are a few things you can consider.
It is not uncommon for the airport staff to lose your checked luggage. It might take some time to get it back. So, if you will definitely need the electric razor or you have a very expensive one, then you should bring it in your carry-on bag.
We have already mentioned the rule about lithium batteries. So, if you are not sure whether the batteries have lithium or not, just put them on your carry-on luggage.
If you are carrying a charger for your electric razor and it has a cord, then keep the charger in the checked luggage. Although it is highly unlikely for the cord to be thought of as a weapon, it does not hurt being extra careful.
What about Other Shaving Instruments?
Your question, ‘Can I bring an electric razor on a plane?’ has already been answered. Now, let’s take a quick look at some other shaving instruments.
Safety razors with the blade are allowed on checked luggage. However, if you want to carry your safety razor on a carry-on bag, then you must remove the blade. The blade needs to go on checked luggage. The length and sharpness of the blade make it enough of a threat that can’t be carried on carry-on luggage.
The rules are the same for straight razors as well. You can’t bring a straight razor on your carry-on luggage unless the blade is removed. With the blade, a straight razor is only allowed in checked luggage.
Disposable razors are allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage. It does not matter which type you are carrying. There are the ones that can be disposed of entirely and there are ones with the cartridges. Both types are allowed.
Shaving Liquids and Gels
If you want to carry shaving lotion or cream, you must follow TSA’s regulations for liquids and gels. These must be carried in bottles of 3.4 ounces or less. The liquid bottles then need to be put in a see-through plastic zipped bag. This bag must be put in the bin to go through the X-ray machine for the screening process.
You now know everything you need to know about bringing an electric razor on a plane. Our tips and suggestions will help you to have a hassle-free journey.
We must also remind you that an inspector still has the right to investigate your electric razor. Do not worry if you have followed all the rules. It is just a standard procedure to ensure our safety.
Remember that their decision is the final decision. So, do not argue with them and follow their suggestions if there is an issue.