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Prevent Nail Polish Remover Spills in Your Carry-On

Traveling With Nail Polish Remover: Bad Idea

A mysterious smell permeating throughout the cabin of a recent Australian flight caused the crew to make an emergency landing. The culprit? It was likely a leaky polish remover coming from a passenger's bag. While a few fell ill as a result of the fumes, luckily, all affected were treated and have made a full recovery.

Don't want to be the one responsible for your next flight to be diverted due to a stinky spill? Consider packing Avon's Nail Enamel Remover Wipes ($5) instead. Or pick up a small bottle at the drugstore when you reach your destination — it's cheap. Another option is simply to stop in a salon for a quick polish removal and touch-up service.

But if you must pack nail polish remover on your carry-on, first follow TSA's 3-1-1 policy. After twisting the cap tightly, tape to the bottle to secure. Then you're cleared for takeoff.

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
Nice. One time I made the driver of a car freak out when I put hand sanitizer on and the thought the cooling liquid was leaking.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Ladyseven, I did the same when I was a kid... except it took off the varnish on my mom's antique dresser. Oops.
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 5 years
Aren't you not even supposed to bring liquids (such as polish remover) on a carry on bag? I thought all liquids had to be under 3oz...or maybe this one was?
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
My most frustrating experience was with leaky sunscreen as I was unpacking at my honeymoon destination - as I was wiping it up, the sunscreen itself actually ate of my wedding-perfect mani (ouch!). Good idea, Ladyseven! Last vacation I went on, I packed any 'leakables' in a Ziploc, and then put that into a Tupperware container. I think I taped the bottles' lids on, too, come to think of it. If I were to bring any nail polish, I would also put each bottle into it's own Ziploc first, so as not to wreck any of the other things in the baggie (been there and done that, too!).
summer210 summer210 5 years
If you do need to bring remover or polish, is there any good way to pack it? It would be nice if there was a special case designed to protect the bottles and keep them from spilling.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I had this Vanilla Daisy doll when I was little from the Peppermint Rose doll collection. It came with a tiny bottle of vanilla fragrance. I decided to put it in my carry-on baggy when I was about 5 and it leaked all over everything. Half of the airplane passengers were on the verge of gagging from this cheap vanilla smell. My dad was so mad at me haha So I learned my lesson when I was very young to ensure that anything with the possibility of leaking is sealed tight in a Ziploc bag!
Ladyseven Ladyseven 5 years
Buy it there- most CVS type places have little bottles for a dollar or so. And be careful with nail polish too! I ruined a silk bag, half my jewelry and makeup when when I was 15 with a bottle of paint-thinner scented red nail polish. I figured it out in the airport, while switching bags on a connecting flight. Yeah. That SUCKED. If I bring polish now, it goes in a series of plastic bags, and usually some kind of hardcover whatever, to avoid contamination and disaster.
soapbox soapbox 5 years
I always travel with the wipes because they're cheap (50 cents per packet or $5 a box) and you don't need cotton balls. I think that if you're traveling, it's better to bring unopened bottles that have the safety seal.
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