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Aerosol Air Travel Tips

Preparing your luggage for air travel has become increasingly complicated, especially when it comes to toiletries. For many airlines, aerosols in particular are a cause for confusion because they contain flammable gases. Aerosols are completely safe. Just stick to some basic rules when taking them on a plane.


Here are some tips as to what can and cannot be carried in your hand luggage, and how to pack it.


Aerosols fall into the category of liquids and therefore cannot exceed 100 ml (maximum container capacity). Aerosols containing higher amounts must go in checked baggage, and it is advisable to make sure that the container is tightly closed and protected so that the button is not pressed during the flight.


There are exceptions, such as aerosols purchased at airport shops after going through the security checkpoint. Medicine in aerosol form can also be carried, along with its medical prescription.


Aerosols and other liquids carried in hand luggage must be placed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a total capacity of no more than one liter (approximately 20 x 20 cm). For example, a freezer slider-top bag can be used.


Only one bag is allowed per passenger, including children. The bag’s contents must fit comfortably, and the bag with its contents must close completely. Therefore, the number of products should be limited to the amount that will fit in the bag.


Removing this bag from your hand luggage and placing it into a tray or directly on the X-ray belt will facilitate and expedite the work of airport security staff.


Remember that the only types of aerosols permitted on a plane are toiletries and medicine. Other items such as paints or DIY products should not be transported.


Disclaimer: AEDA provides this information based on data gathered up until the date of publication. It should only be taken as informative advice. Please familiarize yourself with your company’s requirements before travelling, as they may vary in some respects. To learn more about this topic, please refer to the Spanish airports website: