Travelling with Aerosols, Dressing and Toiletry Items

Information on travelling with items including hair curlers

The following information is taken from the current edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Passengers must contact their airline in advance to gain approval when planning to travel with certain types of items as indicated below. 

Please note that current UK aviation security regulations forbid the carriage of liquids (including aerosols and gels) in hand baggage through the passenger security point in containers larger than 100ml.  Larger containers may be placed in hold baggage or purchased after the security point, provided they comply with the dangerous goods limits in the links below.

Restrictions implemented by other countries in the interests of aviation security may further limit or forbid the carriage of some of the items listed in these pages.  Additionally, airlines and security screening agencies have the right to refuse the carriage of certain items.

The CAA's Dangerous Goods Office can be contacted at dgo@caa.co.uk.

Aerosols, Dressing and Toiletry Items

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas with no subsidiary risk (such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide), for sporting or home use

The total net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.

The total net quantity of medicines, toiletry articles and aerosols for sporting or home use must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L (e.g. four aerosol cans of 500 mL each) for each person.

No

Yes

No

 No

Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas

No more than one per person. The safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element.

Gas refills for such curlers must not be carried.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 No

Toiletry articles (including aerosols containing flammable gas)

The term ‘toiletry articles (including aerosols)’ is intended to include such items as hair sprays, perfumes and colognes.

Each single article must not exceed a total net quantity of 0.5 kg or 0.5 L. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.

The total net quantity of medicines, toiletry articles and aerosols for sporting or home use must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L (e.g. four aerosol cans of 500 mL each) for each person.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 No