Can you take straighteners in hand luggage?

ELECTRICAL DEVICES are just as much a part of everyday life as morning coffee and a trip abroad.

One thing that many, especially in humid climates, cannot do without is their hair straighteners, and they often take them with them on vacation.

Hair straighteners are a must for many foreign travelers


Hair straighteners are a must for many foreign travelersPhoto credit: Getty

Can you take hair straighteners in hand luggage?

When you’re packing for a vacation, you should pack things that will help you feel comfortable.

Everyone knows hair straighteners can make your hair silky and straight, but you can also use it to curl your hair!

There are two different types of hair straighteners – some run on gas, some run on the mains.

Regular hair straighteners have cords that plug into the power supply.

Cordless hair straighteners often use flammable gases such as butane.

The good news is that both types of hair straighteners are allowed in the cabin with the rest of your carry-on baggage.

Although less common, gas cartridge straighteners are allowed as long as the safety covers are always in place and the device cannot be accidentally turned on.

Can I take a hair dryer in my hand luggage?

Most everyday electronic items can be carried in carry-on baggage.

These days hotels usually have hair dryers in every room, but what if you don’t want to rely on them for your locks?

Luckily, hair dryers are also allowed in carry-on luggage, so you don’t have to wait for your friends and family to finish using them.

Make sure you bring an adapter for the country you are visiting so you can plug it in and style yourself.

In addition to hair dryers and hair straighteners, you can also take e-cigarettes, electric razors and a travel iron with you.

Mobile phones, tablets, laptops and MP3 players are also allowed on board.

What are you not allowed to take with you in your hand luggage?

For security reasons, you are not allowed to take many items in your hand luggage.

Depending on the item, you may need to check with your specific airline as they sometimes have different requirements.

When it comes to sports equipment, it depends on what you want to take with you.

You cannot take cricket bats, golf clubs or darts in your carry-on baggage.

But gear like tennis racquets, fishing rods, and billiard cues are fine to carry, but remember to check size and bag restrictions before you travel.

Personal hygiene items such as tweezers, disposable razors, knitting needles, nail files, and small scissors are allowed.

Most medications like tablets and capsules are fine, along with liquid medications like inhalers and cooling gel packs.

However, for items like hypodermic syringes, you need to bring some evidence like a prescription or a note from your doctor to be sure.

The following items are not allowed in hand luggage:

  • Oxidizing agents and organic peroxides such as bleach
  • Body repair kits
  • Biological hazards such as infected blood
  • Tools such as pliers, hammers, crowbars and screwdrivers
  • Paint, paint thinner and turpentine
  • Self-defense equipment such as mace
  • Poisons or toxic substances such as rat poison
  • walking sticks
  • Liquids greater than 100ml (except for medical use, dietary needs or baby food)

Some items are prohibited in your carry-on baggage, but you may be allowed to check them in checked baggage.

Aerosols containing non-flammable and non-toxic gases – You can put them in your checked baggage as long as they do not exceed 2kg or 2L.

Firearms are permitted as long as they are used for sporting purposes and are unloaded and securely packaged.

It is best to check the website or your airline before you travel.

Other items that you cannot take in your carry-on at all but can go in the hold are:

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  • Fireworks and pyrotechnics such as flares
  • Knives or scissors or corkscrews with a blade length of more than 6 cm
  • smoking canister
  • Plastic explosives (including black powder and primers)
  • torches
  • hand grenade
  • explosive caps
  • Igniters and Igniters
  • dynamite
  • gunpowder
  • lighters
  • Imitation explosive devices (also includes replica or model weapons)
  • Mines, grenades and other explosive military supplies
  • smoke cartridges

It is important to check with your airline before you travel, as if you are carrying prohibited items you may risk having your goods confiscated at security. Can you take straighteners in hand luggage?

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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