Humor: Gels and liquids, the FAQs

Welcome to the updated list of frequently asked questions on airport security screening. We are confident that most travelers will find the answers they need by scrolling through this list.


If you need special assistance, refer to the section on Frequently Asked Questions about how to get help with frequently asked questions.

Q:Can I freeze my toothpaste and take in on the plane if I keep it in a sealed thermos?

A: Yes, but only for short flights and only if the thermos is rated R80 or above by the International Standards Institute. A thermos with this rating will keep most toothpastes frozen for the duration of a 75-minute flight.

Please make allowances for flight delays or your thermos may have to be jettisoned en route.

Q:What about Popsicles?

A: They must be consumed before the door of the aircraft is closed.

Q:Is the cream filling in a Hostess Twinkie considered a gel?

A: An Administrative Law Judge is expected to render a preliminary ruling on this issue shortly. Please check back frequently.

Q:What about jelly doughnuts?

A: We confiscate those.

Q:What kind of drops can I bring?

A: You can bring small quantities of eye drops, nose drops and ear drops, provided the containers are no more than four ounces, three ounces and two ounces, respectively, in any combination, and the total number of ounces is not a prime number.

Q:Do I have to remove my babys booties?

A: We dont know.


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