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July 20, 2017

Does Eyeliner Count as a Liquid on a Plane?

If you use liquid or gel eyeliner, it will be considered as a liquid on a plane.

The list of items currently restricted in carry-on baggage includes hand and body lotion, roll-on or aerosol deodorant, liquid makeup foundation, shampoo and conditioner, lip balms, liquid soaps, shave cream and mascara. You can still pack most liquids in your checked luggage.

Liquid or Gel Eyeliner:

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

This restriction, in place since the summer of 2006, means that these items must be packed in a container no larger than 100 ml (3.4 oz) or smaller, which then must fit into a 1 litre, (1 quart) 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by 17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.) clear, closed and resealable baggie.

Some airports require the bag to be shown separately to screeners, while others allow them to be left in your carry-on bag.

Other Options for Eyeliner

A tube of eyeliner takes up very little room in your baggie. However, if space is limited, you might want to consider using pencil eyeliner instead.

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Happy travels!