TSA permits 12oz hand sanitisers in carry-on bags in response to Covid-19

By Luke Barras-hill |


Source: US Department of Homeland Security.

The Transport Security Administration (TSA) is allowing US airport passengers to travel with 12oz (355ml) liquid hand sanitiser bottles in their hand luggage.

In a notice on Twitter, the US Department of Homeland Security agency said the measures will apply ‘until further notice’.

Other liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGS) will continue to comply with the usual 3.40z (100ml) limits.

“TSA understands that Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is at the forefront on the minds of travellers, as health officials are encouraging that individuals wash their hands frequently,” read a note on its website.

“With that in mind, TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitiser containers up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.


The TSA announced the news on its Twitter feed. Source: Twitter/TSA.

“Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels and aerosols brought to a checkpoint continue to be allowed at the limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 millimetres carried in a one quart-size bag.”

Carry-on bags undergo standard security screening procedures, which includes the removal of laptops, LAGs (up to 3.4 ounces) and CPAP/BPAP equipment.

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