Can You Bring Floss On A Plane? 2024

Flossing is an important part to mainatin a healthy oral hygiene.

And whether you want to bring dental floss with plastic or nylon or wood toothpicks it is important to know what to expect at the security checkpoint.

Here is the short answer:

You can bring your favorite dental floss in both carry-on and checked baggage and the TSA or any airport security in the world won’t have any issues with it.

Today I will go in more details about traveling with floss and any similar items in both domestic and international flights.

Let’s dive right in.


What Are The TSA Floss Rules?

The TSA didn’t specifically mention floss picks on its website.
But obviously there is nothing dangerous about bringing any types of dental floss including toothpicks along with your toothbrush and toothpaste through the security checkpoint.

I checked social media to find more answers.

Louis asked the TSA customer service about taking his floss picks on carry-on baggage.

The TSA replied that floss picks are allowed in carry-on baggage without any issues.


Even these metal dental gum stimulators are allowed in carry-on baggage according to the TSA.


Just to mention the TSA always emphasize that the final decision whether an item is allowed or not rests with the security officer at the security checkpoint, so if you are traveling with a large sharp dental floss that can be used to harm someone it won’t be allowed on board.

The size of the toothpick or dental floss matters, but toothpicks and pointed sharp objects in general are fine as long as they are small.


Can You Bring Floss In Checked Baggage?

If you want to bring a large amount of dental floss with you, then taking it in checked baggage is the right thing to do.

This means you will speed up your screening process and save yourself the headache and the questions of the security agents.

If you place metal toothpicks inside your checked bag ensure that it is well sheathed and securely wrapped to prevent any possible injury for luggage inspectors and handlers.


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Can You Bring Toothpicks On a Plane?

Small toothpicks made of wood, plastic, bamboo, metal, bone or any other substances are allowed on planes without any issues even though these items are a bit sharp.

Cassidy asked the TSA ” can I carry these reusable titanium toothpicks in my carry-on” and the TSA said toothpicks are allowed in carry-on bags.

It is because of their small size that the TSA does allow them on board the airplane.

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Take Dental Floss On International Flights

Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, the same regulations apply.

The same rules apply on flights to or from Canada, Australia, Mexico, the UK, Europe or any other destination, you will be fine to bring dental floss and toothpicks in both your carry on and checked bags.

Final Thoughts 

In short, dental floss and  toothpicks of all types are allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Other metal dental tools with sharp heads more than 7 inches need to be transported in checked baggage.

Whenever you decide to take any sharp item in checked baggage ensure that they are packed and wrapped neatly to avoid any injuries for the luggage inspectors and handlers.

We hope this post is helping you before you go to the airport.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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