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The Three Ounce Rule on Airlines

Do You Follow the 3-Ounce Rule?

With the three-ounce rule in effect for all air travelers, a mini-industry has sprung up in travel-sized bottles for all your toiletries, creams, and beauty goodies. But not everyone is so keen on the rules, especially since many airlines are now charging for checked baggage, meaning that people feel forced to carry everything in their on-board luggage.

Recently, quite a few people I know have sneaked larger items past security, despite knowing better and having misgivings. While the fact that they even got through is worrying, I'm also wondering whether more people are going to violate the three-ounce rule hoping to bring gifts and other items through. What about you? Is the three-ounce rule inviolate, or the kind of thing you don't mind breaking once in a while?

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I've never really thought about sneaking something on. Then again I've only been on a plane once since they did this and it was right after. I had makeup in my bag on accident and they threw it out on me.
attorneymarina attorneymarina 7 years
I tend to ignore the rule and just see what happens. I'm in Europe right now (Spain) and I have found them to be really lax. Also, the rule is ridiculous. If there was really a problem with liquids, we wouldn't be able to bring any. If it was really a risk to have anything above 3 oz, then they would be more vigilant.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I'd rather follow the rule instead of losing my precious products :) Once when I flew back from London I forgot I packed a big bottle of lotion I bought at Boots in my carry-on and had to toss it out. Luckily it wasn't something like my perfume. Just this weekend my sister thinking she was unstoppable had to get rid of her hairspray on her carry-on. It sucks but it is what it is.
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
yeah, who is getting this stuff through? once i had a 16 oz. bottle of water that i wasn't aware of (it was in my purse from earlier that day) and i was practically stripped searched! the rule is dumb, b/c i figure if someone wants to do something they'll find a way to do it. so we should be allowed our full size shampoos and to keep our shoes on all the way through (thanks stupid guy in france).
Dipstix311 Dipstix311 7 years
I always thought it was a 1 ounce rule, but maybe that was only for carry-ons only. I always follow their rules though, the whole flying thing is stressful enough, i don't need an added security check :( .
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I usually try to abide by the rules only because it's enough of a pain to go through security. I will admit that there have been a couple of times that I have forgotten stuff in my purse or book bag and they have made it through. Both times they were pretty dangerous things (one was mace and the other was lighter fluid) I noticed the lighter fluid and turned it in before getting on the flight. The mace I didn't notice till I got home which means two airports let me through with it. That was kind of a scary thought.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 7 years
it sucks but yeah. i fly a lot, having a long distance boyfriend and going to school 2000+ miles away from where my family is; so ive memorized the tsa rules up and down. i follow the rules but every once in awhile i forget to store a tube of lipgloss in the plastic baggie but ive been let through. im pretty sure the tsa realizes a teenage girl will likely have a million tubes of lipgloss and just want to go see her boyfriend/family and not blow something up, yknow? but its easy enough to follow, even though its annoying.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Yes, but only because I'm afraid of getting things taken away. The rule itself is ridiculous. I could maybe understand it if you were allowed a reasonable number of 3-oz bottles, but there's just no damn point in limiting it to one quart sized plastic bag. I mean, if 3-oz is safe, why can't I take as many as I please? Ridiculous ridiculous ridiculous.
moonlissa moonlissa 7 years
I have to carryon for the first time Monday...I'm fretting about how to fit everything I need in a quart sized baggy! I am too much of a ninny to break the rules!
lostmascara lostmascara 7 years
I've always gone by the rule, even though I think it's pretty pointless.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
How is anyone sneaking stuff passed? I always get checked! I've tried to sneak small juice boxes on but was caught right away. It's more annoying to be pulled to the side and have them go through your entire bag once they spot anything over 3 oz. I just pack everything in my checked luggage. But yea I agree the restrictions are a little stupid now, if someone wanted to blow up a plane they'd find a new way.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
When are they going to repeal these stupid restrictions on liquids? Come on...
Dubn8tr Dubn8tr 7 years
Yep! And the only reason is b/c they confiscated my brand new Vaseline hand cream. I was so upset. I've seen some really nice items sitting in the basket right outside of security. I do make good use of my plastic baggie (I've gotten thru w/a gallon-sized one instead of a pint).
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
No, because I would hate to have my stuff thrown away. Traveling is stressful enough as is without having to worry about sneaking something pass the 3 oz rule.
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 7 years
While a ridiculous rule, far be it from me to be put through the hassle, stress and embarrassment of being "caught" breaking the rules.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 7 years
I've got it down to a science! I travel on the regular with lots of makeup, but I'm very good about making sure all the liquids and creams and glosses go into my checked bags or into the clear plastic bags. Other types of makeup - solid lipsticks, powders, pencils, etc. don't have to follow the 3oz/plastic bag rule.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i don't try to intentionally violate it but i do keep my makeup bag in my carryon and no one has ever said anything so i'm not sure if my makeup exceeds 3oz or not...i normally check anything larger...i just wouldn't want to have to throw something out and then not have it for the whole vacation
mek123 mek123 7 years
I follow the 3 oz rule but a couple of times I have forgotten the stuff in my purse and security hasn't found it.
beauticious beauticious 7 years
even though it can be really harmful to passengers, as long as it's safe i find no problem in taking a risk now and then. just not with anything expensive or neccessary!
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