TSA Now Lets You Bring Full-Size Sunscreens in Carry-On Bags
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has guidelines for what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage when flying. One of the well known limitation is the 3.4-ounce liquid limit. But now the TSA has made a change that will finally let you bring your full-size sunscreen in your carry-on bag.
As of April 7, sunscreens are now on TSA’s medically-approved list of items. SPF products are listed next to other medical items like inhalers, contact solution, and medications.
These items are permitted in larger amounts on carry-ons as long as you “declare them to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection,” according to the administration. When you get to the checkpoint, remove them from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You are not required to place your liquid medication in a plastic zip-top bag. If a liquid, gel, or aerosol declared as medically necessary alarms, then it may require additional screening and may not be allowed.
The reason for the change is the department of dermatology at Brown University, which challenged TSA on the 3.4-ounce liquid limit because sunscreen is needed to protect against skin cancer.
Julia A. Siegel, MD, dermatology resident physician at Brown, and Tiffany J. Libby, director of Mohs micrographic and dermatologic Surgery at Brown, lead the effort for the TSA rule change to help promote sun protection and raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer. In an article published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, they wrote “increasing sunscreen use by 5% per year over 10 years would lead to a 10% reduction in melanomas in the United States.” Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer.
“The average adult requires 1.4 ounce of sunscreen per application, and reapplication is recommended every two hours,” Dr. Siegel told POPSUGAR.