Can You Take Glue On a Plane? TSA 2024

There are different forms of glue liquid, solid, flammable and non flammable.

But what are the rules when traveling with them and can you bring glue on a plane?

Here is the short answer.

You can take glue on a plane in both carry-on and checked baggage if it is not flammable, even though large containers of glue will need to follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule when transported in carry-on baggage.

In this post I will cover everything you need to know about taking glue on planes in both carry on and checked baggage. 

Let’s dive right in.

Take Glue Through The Security Checkpoint

Most types of glue are flammable, especially super glue.

And even though the TSA does not have any rules about super glue on its websites.

Only non-flammable glue is permitted through the TSA security checkpoint.

Here is how to know if the glue you wanted to take is flammable or not.

Some super glues and other household glues are not flammable and would be allowed in baggage. To see if they are flammable, check the product label or the manufacturer’s material safety data sheet (MSDS). When checking the MSDS, a “flash point” at or below 140° F (60° C) indicates it is a flammable liquid and may not be carried in airline baggage.

Source : FAA

I checked Twitter for more clarification.

Christy wanted to bring her 0.14 oz of super glue in carry-on baggage.

And The TSA customer service replied that non flammable super glue is permitted in carry-on baggage but it needs to follow The TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule.

If you are not familiar with The 3-1-1 TSA liquid rule it means you can only take containers of 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less in carry-on baggage, and they need to be placed inside a quart size bag.

Important: Please note that even if an item is allowed the security agent at the airport has the final say to decide whether it is permitted or not on board the airplane.

Take Glue In Checked Baggage

You can also take super glue in checked baggage if it is not flammable, but you don’t need to worry about the liquid aspect, even when traveling with large containers.

Matthew wanted to bring acrylic water based paints, clippers, a hobby knife and a small tube of mode glue in checked baggage.

They replied that super glue is highly flammable and isn’t allowed on flights, non flammable oil paint & acrylics are also allowed in a checked bag.

Ensure that you neatly pack your glue inside your bag to avoid any leaks inside your bag.

Glue stick is good to go in both carry-on and checked baggage.

take small glue stick on a plane

Final Thoughts

The TSA and most airlines do restrict super glue that is flammable in both carry on and checked baggage.

If you are traveling with non flammable glue you only need to worry about the size of the containers, which need to abide by to TSA liquid rule mentioned above.

Make sure that you place your glue in your checked bag if it is more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml.

Happy travels.

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