Travel Size Hand Sanitizer: Why the TSA Changed Carry-On Rules

Travel Size Hand Sanitizer: Why the TSA Changed Carry-On Rules

Many of us remember where we were when we first heard the term “coronavirus.” Coronavirus technically refers to an entire group of RNA viruses that include the common cold, influenza, and even some strands of hepatitis to more lethal diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In no time COVID-19 became a global pandemic and the rest is history.

It’s been a huge learning curve, navigating life through a pandemic, keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe, all while attempting to maintain some sliver of normalcy. Even when we do return to a more normal daily routine, it’s likely some of the hygiene and social distancing practices we’ve grown accustomed to are here to stay. 

With travel bans, shelter in place orders, mask mandates, and virtually everything virtual, we’ve all had to rise to the occasion (maybe sometimes “hide” from it) and do life a little differently. Curbside pickup and streamlined home delivery are perhaps some of the easier changes. Remembering to always wear a mask in public places requires more of a concerted effort but has proven to be one of the surest ways to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We’re all trying to do our best to stay safe and healthy, and that applies to some new travel rules, too.

What Is Hand Sanitizer?

Early to mid-pandemic, sanitizer was like liquid gold; impossible to find, marked up to unbelievable prices and sometimes filled with ingredients that were dangerous and ineffective.  

So what is hand sanitizer and how does it help keep us safe?  

Hand sanitizer is a mixture-, usually available as a spray, liquid or gel-, that kills bacteria and germs on hands and surfaces without the use of water. The purpose of a hand sanitizer fluid is to remove bacteria from your hands when soap and water are not available, and also to keep hands free of germs between washes.  

CDC guidelines state that hand sanitizer needs at least 60% of isopropyl or ethyl alcohol to effectively eliminate germs and bacteria from hands. 

Hand sanitizer should be:

  • Effective. A formula that contains at least 60% isopropyl alcohol can kill 99.9% of viruses, germs and spores, the safest choice when soap and water are not available.
  • Convenient. Don’t have room in your purse or pocket for a hand washing station? Portable-size hand sanitizer is a safe and easy way to keep your hands and high-touch surfaces (think phones, keys, credit cards) virtually germ-free when you’re on the go. 
  • Safe. It’s important to check the ingredient label and make sure your hand sanitizer contains isopropyl or ethyl alcohol as the main ingredient. Some alcohols (like wood alcohol, also called methanol) are toxic and unsafe to use in hand sanitizer.
  • Great for travel. Traveling exposes us to all kinds of germs and places us in compromising positions for practicing good hygiene (we’re looking at you, airplane lavatory). Hand sanitizer can help, but can it pass the TSA test?  

Why Did the TSA Change Carry-On Rules?

Since September 11, 2001, the rules of airplane travel have changed drastically. We’ve become accustomed to squishing our liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes into tiny 3.4 ounce-sized containers to fit inside our carry-on luggage. While 3.4 ounces is a great amount for something like eye drops, we were basically out of luck for other liquids that we use in larger quantities, including hand sanitizers.  

When COVID-19 became a global crisis, the TSA responded by changing the carry-on liquids rule for hand sanitizer from 3.4 ounces to a whopping 12 ounces in early March. This means that you can now carry a larger bottle of hand sanitizer with you in your carry-on luggage.  

As welcoming as this change is to the TSA guidelines, it has the potential to come with some additional screening time. Any liquid larger than 3.4 ounces is subject to additional screening, so it is highly likely travelers will experience longer security screenings if traveling with full-sized sanitizer bottles.   

Having a good supply of hand sanitizer available on your flight is a great way to stay safe while traveling. In fact, some hand sanitizer sprays (like ours) are safe and effective in sanitizing surfaces like tray tables, seat back video monitors and arm rests, making them a great travel companion.  

Ok, let’s talk about airplane tap water. Airlines claim that their water is safe to drink, but studies have shown that the locations of these water tanks on aircrafts are actually breeding grounds for bacteria. Many flight crew employees won’t even wash their hands with the water in an airplane bathroom.  

Since it will be almost impossible for you to unlearn this information, opting for a hand sanitizer spray or gel is a safe and effective alternative to airplane lavatory water.

Where Can I Buy Hand Sanitizer?

If you’ve had trouble finding hand sanitizer, you aren’t alone. Online sales of hand sanitizer skyrocketed by 170% at the onset of the pandemic in the United States.  

As traditional manufacturers struggled to keep up with demand, other businesses (like alcoholic beverage distilleries) began producing hand sanitizers. As a result, ineffective and improperly made sanitizers popped up on the market. 

Sanitizer.com is on a mission to change the hand sanitizing game by delivering reliable, effective, affordable, and safe hand sanitizing right to your front door.  

Sanitizer.com started as a means of overcoming product hoarding and price gouging at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has now evolved into a company that delivers some of the highest-quality, and best selling hand sanitizer products available.   

Our hand sanitizer is:

  • Reliable. We don’t believe in hoarding, that’s why we offer a convenient monthly subscription that gives you the perfect amount of hand sanitizer you need each and every month. It’s a win-win. 
  • Affordable. Price gouging is unethical, especially when it comes to products that can help keep us and our communities safe. Our hand sanitizers are affordable -- it’s that simple.
  • Safe. We keep our ingredients list simple and clean, which is why our specific brand formula consists of 80% isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin (to keep hands soft), and purified water.  

Upcoming travel? No worries, we’ve got you covered. We get you through security faster with our two-ounce hand sanitizer sprays. Let us help make your travel a little safer and worrisome.



Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html

https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/2020/hand-sanitizer-sales-spike-in-the-us-amid-coronavirus-outbreak--reports-npd-group/

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/hand-sanitizers