Can I Bring Cough Drops On A Plane? 2024

Cough drops are lozenges of medicated tablets that you may want to take while on your journey, or to relieve a sore throat during your flight.

But are cough drops and syrup allowed on planes?

You can bring cough drops on a plane in both your carry-on and checked bags. Cough drops are solid tablets so you don’t need to remove them from your bag at the security checkpoint.

Keep reading to know more about traveling with cough drops and syrup in both domestic and international flights.

Let’s  dive right in.

Can I Bring Cough Drops On a Plane?

Can You Take Cough Drops Through The Security Checkpoint?

The TSA didn’t specifically mention cough drops on their website.

If you search on their website you won’t find anything but you will find similar items like gums or some types of medications.

But as long as you bring a reasonable quantity you can take cough drops or throat lozenges in your carry on and you won’t face issues at the security checkpoint.

I checked social media to find some answers.

Amanda wanted to bring a bag of cough drops in her personal bag.

The TSA replied “that cough drops are allowed through the security checkpoint”.

Dan wonders if he can bring hand sanitizer and a few cough drops in a clear sandwich bag.

They replied cough drops are allowed in carry-on bags while hand sanitizer that’s 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less is also permitted.

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Can You Bring Cough Syrup On a Plane?

Liquid items need to follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule when packed in carry-on baggage: ” 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less for each container placed in a quart sized bag”.

But medical necessary liquids more than 3.4 ounces are exempted from this rule when transported in carry-on bags. 

Meaning you can bring large containers for personal use without any restrictions.

Ensure that you let the TSA officers know you have syrup with you and place it in a separate bin for X-ray screening. 

Mary wanted to bring this 5 fl / 148 ml cough syrup in her carry-on?

The TSA customer service replied that medically necessary liquids in excess of 3.4 ounces in carry-on bags are permitted and she needs to let the TSA officers know you have these items and place them in a separate bin for X-ray screening”.

Take Cough Drops In Checked Baggage 

You can bring cough drops in a checked bag. 

But if you think you will need them during your flight, it is better to always keep them accessible.

In fact the TSA and most airlines would prefer if passengers do not place any medical or necessary items in checked baggage.

It is not just that you will need them during the flight, but they are also prone to be damaged, or even lost.

So always pack any medications and cough drops in your carry-on.

Final Thoughts

Generally you can bring both cough drops and syrup in carry-on and checked baggage without any restrictions.

That means any medical necessary items are allowed on board the plane, even if they exceed the permitted amount.

If you bring a small container of cough drops or syrup in carry-on you don’t need to notify the security officer.

We hope this helps 

Happy travels 

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