Having unusual questions about packing before a flight is pretty normal. And these confusions are usually very specific. Questions such as can you bring cigarettes on a plane and even regarding lighting one on board are common. So, your concern about aerosol cans exploding in checked luggage isn’t a very weird one.
Apparently, there are multiple products that use aerosol cans. And if one of such cans decides to explode, it’s not going to be a pleasant trip anymore. So, let’s get deep into this matter on the probabilities of such cans getting exploded plus rulings about carrying these aerosols.
The Chances of Aerosol Cans Explosion in Checked Luggage.
Yes, it can explode inside your checked luggage, but that’s a very rare situation. In circumstances of a fire break out or similar mishap, such possibilities are more likely to be true. But it’s not something that spontaneously would happen. And so, there’s actually not much to worry about with carrying aerosol cans.
Usually, an aerosol can will explode when it’s not intact. Also using some sort of sharp object to pierce it will lead to an explosion. Too much pressure build-up inside can also be another reason. If it’s inside a very hot temperature spot, then such risks become more prominent.
The aircraft luggage’s are a very different case. These often have regulated temperature, and so, an aerosol properly packed inside the suitcase is supposed to be safe. Keep in mind, it’s not the same when you take a big one inside a plane. Because there are chances of a fire start.
As passengers carry laptops with batteries inside the plane. These are not allowed in checked luggage for a reason. If a laptop with batteries on comes in contact with an aerosol can, overheating it can cause pressure increase. And this may result in an explosion.
This is why you cannot pack batteries inside your checked luggage as aerosol cans may react dangerously. And this also means you are allowed to bring aerosol inside your checked luggage.
However, these cans have quite a few serious rules and regulations that you must know about and strictly follow. And that’s exactly what I’ll try to sum up in the next few segments, enjoy!
Certain Types of Aerosols Are Permitted While Some Are Not.
There are a few categories of aerosol products that you cannot bring inside the checked bag. While there are also permissible products that come inside such cans.
Aerosol Products That You Can Bring in Checked Bag.
You can pack body spray, hair spray, perfumes, shaving gel or foam, antiperspirant as well as a deodorant that comes in aerosol packaging. Dry shampoo, sun lotion as well as insecticides that come in aerosol bottles are also okay to bring. However, make sure there’s no hazardous material label on it. These ones will have a HAZMAT sign on the packaging. And you clearly cannot bring them.
The Aerosols You Can’t Bring in Checked Baggage.
A few aerosols that are very flammable can’t be inside your checked luggage. And these are cooking sprays, penetration products, any sort of paint as well as starch that come in a spray formula. Also, some consider tear gas, butane, propane, and compressed gas cylinders as aerosols, which is not strictly false. These are also banned inside checked luggage.
Keep In Mind the FAA Regulations.
Aerosol cans inside your checked baggage would need to maintain the FAA regulations. You can bring them in limited quantities, also only the allowed ones. All sorts of toiletry style or medicinal products are permissible to bring according to FAA.
Another good way to determine the allowance is considering if the aerosol product will touch your skin when using. If it does not then there’s a good chance of the product being rejected inside checked-in luggage.
Also, the product must have some sort of cap or lid. So that the nozzle or button does not spray when inside a luggage. If there’s no lid on it, the baggage handler will remove that aerosol product after discovering it.
Size Related Rules.
The size regulations are applicable for both international and domestic flights. And it definitely refers to the checked bag regulation when one is trying to bring aerosol cans.
When you are bringing any medicinal or toiletry aerosol inside your luggage, make sure it’s not more than 500ml. The total quantity of all aerosol products you bring should not exceed 2 liters.
And this is the permissible quantity for each person. So don’t confuse it for a per checked bag rule. For example, you can carry 4 cans of 500 ml aerosols products.
The smaller ones that are less than 3.4 ounces can go in your carry-on luggage. But anything more than that must be inside the checked luggage. This is also a strict rule you cannot help but follow.
When Packing the Aerosol Cans Inside Checked Baggage.
When packing the aerosol products, pay extra attention to its lid. Make sure it does not come off. As if the cap somehow manages or escapes its can, and gets inside your luggage, the bag handler may believe it’s a product that does not have a lid. And in such a case, the officer may simply toss that can away and you won’t be able to bring it along.
Another really important thing is releasing pressure. You by now have an idea about the whole explosion risk related to aerosol can. By simply spraying a little bit of product to release the pressure, you can reduce this risk.
Especially for the cans that are newly bought. As usual, these have some sort of gasses in the upper part. And by spraying a bit of content inside, you’ll be able to release a good amount of such gas.
To make sure the can does not leak or explode you should also prevent it from rattling around your luggage. Since there’s a chance of denting that can lead to piercing it. And that’s a good way to invite problems plus the mess inside your luggage is another disaster you’ll have to face. Make sure the cans are unable to move, pack them securely.
And finally, make sure there are no flammable items next to it. After reading all of the previous points, this tip is now a no-brainer. However, when one is in a rush, such details may get missed. But you don’t even by mistake want to pack any sort of flammable items such as lighter or matches close to your aerosol items.
Aerosol cans may explode in checked luggage only when you don’t pay enough attention to packing it properly and finding more about the safe ways to bring it inside your baggage.
Hopefully, now that’s not going to be the case. As I tried my best to keep this whole guide complete with the information you should be knowing when considering bringing aerosol cans inside your checked items. Have a Safe Flight!