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    Default Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Moving internationally and looking at options for shipping/moving my entire fragrance collection (~50 bottles 1.0-3.4 oz, total weight 45 lbs). I've read that checked baggage is fine, but in what amounts? Seems like 5+ liters of alcohol should be a no-go if the USPS won't put any mL on a plane for safety reasons.

    So, I contacted both the airline and TSA directly. Here is what I was told: Personal care items, such as cologne and hairspray (and other semi-hazardous materials, including nail polish remover and rubbing alcohol), are allowed in checked baggage without prior approval, as long as there are less than 18 ounces in a single container and less than 70 ounces total, so about 20 3.4 ounce bottles of alchohol based fragrance should be OK. Also seems inline with what I read on various carrier's baggage restriction web pages.

    Good to know. 2 liters is fine. Go figure.

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Although I have never had problems checking very large amounts of fragrances during my travels, this is very informative. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    The whole thing about sending alcohol on airplanes is silly (IMO) I guess less than 18 ounces is a good rule but why can't we send bottles of perfume in the mail? Especially little samples that are carefully packed? Makes no sense whatever. I think it's an excuse to charge a big fee.

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    Thanks for the info. I never worried with checked baggage. Of course, I never got anywhere close to 2 l perfume ...

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Good thing I usually travel with around 4 bottles on checked baggage. Now samples....that's another story.

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    I was so worried about my decants I put them all in a Baggie on the trip out. On the way back I forgot but it didn't matter.

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Very informative! Thanks for that!
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    So I can only grab four 500ml Bees of Misouko Extrait to bring home when I hit Paris this summer? Sheesh . . . I'm going to Phuket instead then.
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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    The whole thing about sending alcohol on airplanes is silly (IMO) I guess less than 18 ounces is a good rule but why can't we send bottles of perfume in the mail? Especially little samples that are carefully packed? Makes no sense whatever. I think it's an excuse to charge a big fee.
    Commercial flights and general packages use the same planes- commercial flights. So no matter if you are a passenger on the flight or shipping a fragrance on the same flight the risk is the same. At altitude, the negative pressure in the hold will accelerate any leakage of the bottles. If enough alcohol leaks out and catches a spark, then you have a fire in the hold which is a really bad thing. The likelihood of it happening is fairly low, but the consequence could be tragic.

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    I wonder how many Chanel 5's have been the cause of a major air disaster....
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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Casts_by_fly View Post
    Commercial flights and general packages use the same planes- commercial flights. So no matter if you are a passenger on the flight or shipping a fragrance on the same flight the risk is the same. At altitude, the negative pressure in the hold will accelerate any leakage of the bottles. If enough alcohol leaks out and catches a spark, then you have a fire in the hold which is a really bad thing. The likelihood of it happening is fairly low, but the consequence could be tragic.

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    There's deodorant and hairspray galore on a passenger flight. They serve alcohol on the planes and people used to smoke everywhere on the plane only quitting recently due to health concerns and air quality issues. It just seems low risk at best.

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    In that case one must also consider Shalimar, and Acqua di Gio.

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    I wonder how many Chanel 5's have been the cause of a major air disaster....

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    There's deodorant and hairspray galore on a passenger flight. They serve alcohol on the planes and people used to smoke everywhere on the plane only quitting recently due to health concerns and air quality issues. It just seems low risk at best.
    Deodorant isn't typically flamable and aerosols are restricted goods as well.

    I agree it is low risk, but a risk easily avoided.

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Wondering how they decide on the magic total figure of 70 ounces or 18 ounces per container. Seems rather arbitrary to me. I kinda blame the shoe bomber for all this bullcrap.

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Update: successfully made it abroad with 22 bottles of 1.7 or 3.4 oz colognes plus 100s of decants/samples of various sizes but mostly 10 ml or less, all in checked luggage. All were double bagged in zip-lock type bags. None leaked. This is about 1/3 my collection and the rest is coming by boat (hopefully no customs headaches there).

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by bmn View Post
    Update: successfully made it abroad with 22 bottles of 1.7 or 3.4 oz colognes plus 100s of decants/samples of various sizes but mostly 10 ml or less, all in checked luggage. All were double bagged in zip-lock type bags. None leaked. This is about 1/3 my collection and the rest is coming by boat (hopefully no customs headaches there).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmn View Post
    Update: successfully made it abroad with 22 bottles of 1.7 or 3.4 oz colognes plus 100s of decants/samples of various sizes but mostly 10 ml or less, all in checked luggage. All were double bagged in zip-lock type bags. None leaked. This is about 1/3 my collection and the rest is coming by boat (hopefully no customs headaches there).

    phew, very good, i might be doing a similar trip next year and only have around 9,10 bottles to worry about

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by tr88 View Post
    phew, very good, i might be doing a similar trip next year and only have around 9,10 bottles to worry about
    Should not be a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmn View Post
    Should not be a problem


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmn View Post
    Moving internationally and looking at options for shipping/moving my entire fragrance collection (~50 bottles 1.0-3.4 oz, total weight 45 lbs). I've read that checked baggage is fine, but in what amounts? Seems like 5+ liters of alcohol should be a no-go if the USPS won't put any mL on a plane for safety reasons.

    So, I contacted both the airline and TSA directly. Here is what I was told: Personal care items, such as cologne and hairspray (and other semi-hazardous materials, including nail polish remover and rubbing alcohol), are allowed in checked baggage without prior approval, as long as there are less than 18 ounces in a single container and less than 70 ounces total, so about 20 3.4 ounce bottles of alchohol based fragrance should be OK. Also seems inline with what I read on various carrier's baggage restriction web pages.

    Good to know. 2 liters is fine. Go figure.
    Good stuff!

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    I will be facing the same situation soon. Taking at least 25 bottles and some decant in 2 bags. Are these limits per person or per bag?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    The whole thing about sending alcohol on airplanes is silly (IMO) I guess less than 18 ounces is a good rule but why can't we send bottles of perfume in the mail? Especially little samples that are carefully packed? Makes no sense whatever. I think it's an excuse to charge a big fee.
    Sending 1 bottle 50ml by courrier by air. 1. You need to apply for a DANGEOUS GOODS certificate €90.00 . It's DG that means special packing by a certified packing company add €50.00 - now the courrier cost. Because it's DG it has to go into a special place inside the plane that why courrier companies triple the tariff. Example Europe - HK €80.00. So you have the retail cost of your 50ml then add another €220 on top of that.
    Alternative - declare as comestics and put in the post €16.00 euro. Whole system is a joke!

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    Default Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    The whole thing about sending alcohol on airplanes is silly (IMO) I guess less than 18 ounces is a good rule but why can't we send bottles of perfume in the mail? Especially little samples that are carefully packed? Makes no sense whatever. I think it's an excuse to charge a big fee.
    Tell that to the British postal system who won't let us ship any perfumes outside the country for "safety reasons". It makes trade between us and other countries almost impossible as what about returns? We can of course fly it to anywhere ourselves on a commercial plane. Utter madness.

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