Is lip balm or lip gloss allowed in hand luggage on board an airplane? The answer is yes, and according to TSA rules, it doesn’t have to be in a separate baggie. Tube lipstick is also not considered as liquid when it comes to air travel.
After a 2006 bomb plot discovery, all liquid, gel or aerosol items must be in containers no larger than 3.4 oz or 100ml and fit into a one quart or one litre clear, closed and resealable plastic bag, about 20 cm x 20 cm. I’ve dubbed this the security baggie and it usually must pass though the screening machine separately from your other carry-on luggage.
Though nail polish is obviously a liquid, it can be carried onboard, subject to limitations. But lip gloss and lip balm seem to be exempt from TSA regulations.
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