Contact Lens Care Solutions at the Airport…What do I do?

4th April, 2010 - Posted by Dr. S. Barry Eiden - No Comments

Tighter security measures implemented at airport security check points since 9/11 have had implications on people bringing their contact lens solutions on board. Great confusion exists regarding what you can and can not bring on board. In fact, recently a number of reports have surfaced that indicate discrepancies from airport to airport regarding the implementation of the security measures. Contact lens wearers realize that they must be able to carry solutions on board to use while flying (including eye drops, rinsing solutions, and storage solutions).


In an effort to clear up the actual Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules regarding contact lens solutions and eye care products, we have summarized the current policy below. Please read the rules carefully before you go on your next flight.
Here are the rules you need to know:
1. Contact lens care solutions are allowable by the TSA as they are used for medical or cosmetic reasons (e.g., eye drops, saline, etc).
2. If the care solution is larger than 3.4 ounces in size (or is not in a contained, zip-top plastic bag), it must be declared to a TSA agent.  However, it can still be brought on board as a carry on, even if it is larger than 3.4 ounces in size, as long as it is declared.
3. These rules apply to all contact lens care solutions, regardless of composition (including hydrogen peroxide-based care solutions).

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