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How Can I Transport Aerosol Cans On-board?  
User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 395 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12547 times:

I am flying a long-haul (across the pond) and intra-Europe flight in 1 week. I need to take with me an aerosol can (it's a medication). I don't need immediate access to it. Is it ok to put it in checked luggage, or will there be a pressure problem?


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30404 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12533 times:

It shouldn't be a problem...

It should be considered the same as hairspray or aerosol deoderant.

both where allowed.

User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12523 times:

But will it blow up if I put it in my checked luggage in the cargo hold?


User currently offlineClewatcher From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12516 times:

My mom was concerned about taking a couple cans of propane for camping, she got them on the plane in the cargo, no problems, aerosol cans shouldnt be a problem .

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12504 times:

If they don't ask...don't tell.
I take deodorant, hairspray, ect with me all the time...never had a problem.

Propane? Are you crazy?!?!?!?!?

User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12497 times:

Small amounts of personal items such as hair spray, deodorant etc are ok. Might be a good idea if you bring your certification for medical need along just incase any questions arise......


PROPANE???????? Is your mother NUTS????????? That is just not allowed!!!!

User currently offlineAS_GSC From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12484 times:

There are very strict dangerous goods regulations enforced by the FAA (if you are leaving the US) indicating what can't be transported in the cabin and the baggage hold. Your airline should be well informed with the regulations as there are fines imposed against the airlines for allowing the transport of dangerous goods.

A fine could be imposed against the person traveling if they are found with the restricted articles. As a rule of thumb, check with your airline.


User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12465 times:

Even though hairspray cans with an aerosol propellant are allowed on airplanes, but be careful. I know of a couple of cabin fires where the spray can was activated and it ignited. On one, the can was in a women's carry-on; she pushed the bag under the seat in front of her with her feet; that activated the can. I don't know what the ignition source was, but the torch burn through the floor panel and into the air distribution duct below and the crew got an overheat indication. Only after landing was the results of the fire found.
Flammables like propane and lighter fluid, among other things, are never allowed on an airplane. Peopel will carry the strangest things on an airplane (or at least try)

User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1181 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12436 times:

I would check with the airline... but within the United States it (your medicine) appears to fall into one of the items which are exempt from the hazmat regs... you should be able to transport your aerosol medicine without any problems as long as you're not bringing lots of it... (see below), you might have problems outside the US... also for customs purposes bring a copy of the prescription so that the customs/agriculture inspectors don't hassle you:

175.10 Exceptions
(4) The following hazardous materials when carried by a passenger or crewmember for personal use in conformance with the following conditions:
(i) non-radioactive medicinal and toilet articles (including aerosols) may be carried in checked or carry-on baggage;
(ii) one self-defense spray (see 171.8 of this subchapter), not exceeding 118ml (4 fluid ounces) by volume, that incorporates a positive means to prevent accidental discharge may be carried in checked baggage only;
(iii) other aerosols in Division 2.2 with no subsidiary risk may be carried in checked baggage only; and
(iv) the aggregate quantity of hazardous materials carried by the person may not exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) by mass or 2 liters (68 fluid ounce) by volume and the capacity of each container may not exceed 0.5kg (18 ounces by mass) or 470ml (18 fluid ounces) by volume.

As for propane (hazard class 2.1 item), it's forbidden aboard any aircraft carrying passengers, although there is an exception.

Woodreau / KMVL

Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12426 times:


I reiterate: Is your mother NUTS!!!!!??

Small amounts of personal use products are allowed by FAA regulations. We were told in our training at Vanguard and AirTran that up to 16 fl ounces were permitted for personal use products. Lighter fluid and the like are not permitted EVER on an airplane.

As stated before, check with the airline, because they may have their own more stringent requirements, which you must follow to fly on them.

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