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Old Dec 5, 06, 8:09 am   #1
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Does the TSA really care whether my deodorant stick is dry?

I'm going to be traveling for the first time with a deodorant stick on Friday. It looks like the typical deodorant case that can hold either dry deodorant or a gel? How do they know? Do they care?

I'm NOT using a plastic bag for the thing. Anyone have any trauma over dry deodorant sticks not in the baggie?
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Old Dec 5, 06, 8:17 am   #2
 
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I had my baggie with a bunch of liquids in my backpack the other day (forgot to take it out). Didn't seem to make a difference
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There is no way to know if it will be a problem or not. It seems like enforcement of the rules depends on the mood of the TSO. I have had an empty water bottle taken by one, but no problems on other flights.
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Old Dec 5, 06, 8:41 am   #4
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A 6oz. can of shaving gel in carry-on has passed through many an airport where it's technically prohibited. The container looks large enough to hold 12 ozs and, from the outside, seems 2/3 metal and 1/3 plastic with the container full of shaving gel.

A 2 to 4 oz. "stick" of "clear" gel deodrant has not yet been "singled out" from the plastic baggie by security screeners anywhere -- even when they've looked at the bag rather closely.
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I had a dispute at BOS about my gelstick. I maintained it was "one piece" not the gloppy kind og gel. He maintained solid deodorant is powdery/flaky and that mine was a giant piece of gel material.

Could it be that the front line people are just really tired of arguing over these things?
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Could it be that the front line people are just really tired of arguing over these things?
THEY started it!!!
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THEY started it!!!
To be fair .... they are stuck with enforcing it. This asinine policy was "started" by a bunch of bureaucrats who, as always, don't have to live with the results.

I'm not excusing the many screeners who get off on nitpicking in pointing that out.
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I'm going to be traveling for the first time with a deodorant stick on Friday. It looks like the typical deodorant case that can hold either dry deodorant or a gel? How do they know? Do they care?

I'm NOT using a plastic bag for the thing. Anyone have any trauma over dry deodorant sticks not in the baggie?
because it could be C4 instead of right gaurd !!!!!
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I have a travel size stick of deodorant that I do NOT put in my plastic baggie. It is the solid kind. I have been through many security screenings with it NOT in the bag, many of them slower airports where I am the only one in the queue so it's not like they were "too busy" to determine solid vs gel.
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Old Dec 5, 06, 12:04 pm   #10
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I have a travel size stick of deodorant that I do NOT put in my plastic baggie. It is the solid kind. I have been through many security screenings with it NOT in the bag, many of them slower airports where I am the only one in the queue so it's not like they were "too busy" to determine solid vs gel.
Thank GOODNESS we're all okay. Citizen, you could be causing a world of harm with that deodorant.
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I'm going to be traveling for the first time with a deodorant stick on Friday. It looks like the typical deodorant case that can hold either dry deodorant or a gel? How do they know? Do they care?

I'm NOT using a plastic bag for the thing. Anyone have any trauma over dry deodorant sticks not in the baggie?
Who cares what the TSA thinks! We just care that you're WEARING deodorant.

They'll prob. just lump it in with gel and tell you you can't bring it. Easier on them to do it that way.
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To be fair .... they are stuck with enforcing it. This asinine policy was "started" by a bunch of bureaucrats who, as always, don't have to live with the results.

I'm not excusing the many screeners who get off on nitpicking in pointing that out.
And while they are enforcing the rules they also make up their own. There was a thread here a while ago about a woman who got her rock crystal deodorant confiscated. The screener made up the rule that all deodorants were forbidden. That screener didn't care about liquids or gels or solids, he just took the easy way out.
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