Can You Take a Comb on a Plane? 

Many travelers often wonder whether they can keep up with their grooming routine while in the air. 

If you hop over to the TSA website, they don’t mention combs explicitly.

However, given the number of inquiries they receive about this, they’ve provided some clarity.

According to the TSA, you’re free to bring a comb in both your carry-on and checked luggage.

But, as with so many aspects of air travel, there are nuances to navigate. The world of air travel has its fair share of rules and restrictions.

While most combs glide through without a hitch, some could be red flags.

If your comb bears a resemblance to a weapon or has particularly sharp edges, it might catch the security team’s attention.

Staying informed about air travel regulations concerning combs ensures your journey remains turbulence-free — at least when it comes to grooming!

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Join us in this post as we untangle the specifics of flying with your comb, doling out useful tips and tackling those ever-lingering questions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Combs are typically welcome on planes, but there are a few rules to remember.
  • Got a metal comb? If it’s hefty or sports sharp teeth, it might need some extra screening. In that case, tossing it in your checked luggage is a smart move.
  • Being savvy about air travel rules and packing that comb just right will make your trip smoother. No hair out of place, and no travel hiccups either!

Can You Bring Pin Tail Combs on a Plane?

Absolutely, you can bring them onboard!

But here’s the catch: they belong in your checked baggage, not your carry-on.

Those pin tail combs, especially the ones sporting a metal pin, get a big “no-no” from TSA agents for carry-ons.


That long pin could potentially be used as a weapon.

And while we’re on the topic, combs with lengthy metal teeth also get the side-eye for the same reason.

So, if you’ve got one of these, play it safe and stow it in your checked luggage. Better safe than sorry, right?

International Travel 

Planning some international jet-setting?

A quick heads-up: always double-check the comb rules for the country you’re headed to.

From my online sleuthing, it seems no country outright bans hair combs from planes. But, (and it’s a notable ‘but’), a handful of places might give the side-eye to metal combs in your carry-on.

When in doubt? Pop it in your checked luggage.

To sidestep any potential travel hiccups, it’s smart to scout out the regulations of your destination beforehand.

Some countries, especially those a tad stricter about sharp metal items on board, might not be too keen on that metal comb in your overhead bin.

Your best bet? Check in with the embassy or consulate, or even take a quick detour to their official government site.

All in all, while combs are generally plane-friendly, it’s wise to stay in the know about the guidelines of both the TSA and your destination country.

Navigating Air Travel: Which Combs Can’t Go in Your Carry-On?

In the diverse world of combs, not all are created equal, especially when it comes to flying.

While many combs breeze through security, others might hit a snag. Let’s break it down:

  • Dangerous Doppelgangers: Combs that mimic menacing items, like a switchblade knife. Yeah, those aren’t going to fly—literally. They won’t make it past the checkpoint.
  • Heavy Metal (Combs): Those weighty metal combs with pointy handles? Best to pack them with your checked bags. They might get the side-eye in your carry-on.
  • Farm-Friendly Combs: Livestock combs, whether they’re shedding combs for cattle or stainless steel curry combs, need to hitch a ride in your checked baggage. TSA agents would rather they stay out of the main cabin.
  • Switchblade Combs: Considered a relative of weapons, these are a firm “no” for both carry-on and checked bags. Airlines play it safe, even if such combs are legal where you live.

On the flip side, everyday hair combs – think rat tail combs, hair picks, your standard comb, or pin tail combs without any sketchy attachments – are typically good to go.

They’re seen as harmless, ensuring you look fabulous even at 30,000 feet.

Jet-Setting with Your Hairbrush? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Thinking of bringing your trusty hairbrush on your flight? Well, you’re in luck!

Hairbrushes are generally welcome on planes. But, like many travel tidbits, there’s a little more to the story.

If your comb or brush has any sharp ends or if it’s metallic, like those snazzy rat tail combs, you might hit a snag with the TSA.

To stay on the safe side, opt for completely plastic ones when packing for your trip.

Your go-to personal care items, including hairbrushes, are good to go in both your carry-on and checked luggage.

Related: Can You Bring Nail Polish in a Carry-On?

But when it comes to hair care products – think shampoos, conditioners, gels, and sprays – remember the golden rule: containers should not exceed 3.4 ounces.


There’s a world of combs out there, each with its own quirks and characteristics, making it a unique companion for our hair journeys.

As we’ve unraveled, while most of these trusty tools are welcomed by the skies, there are a select few that might just face some turbulence at the security checkpoint.

In essence, while grooming on the go is an absolute essential for many, it’s vital to ensure our tools don’t disrupt our travel plans.

Whether you’re navigating domestic terminals or gearing up for an international adventure, the key lies in understanding the subtle nuances of comb-travel.

And remember, when in doubt, check it out – be it TSA guidelines, international regulations, or even reaching out to airlines directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you bring a hair pick on a plane?

Hair picks are a popular choice for many travelers. But where’s the best place to pack them?

Often, folks are advised to stow them in checked baggage.

However, according to the TSA, you’re in luck! Feel free to toss your hair pick into either your carry-on or checked bag. And guess what? You can even use it mid-flight.

Is a comb considered a sharp object by TSA?

While combs generally don’t make the TSA’s sharp-object list, there are exceptions.

If your comb sports notably sharp edges or eerily resembles a weapon, you might hit a snag at security.

Are there any restrictions on bringing personal grooming items on a plane?

Absolutely, there are a few pointers to remember when packing personal grooming items for a flight.

For starters, if you’re bringing liquids, gels, or aerosols, ensure they’re no larger than 3.4 ounces for your carry-on.

And those sharp little tools like razors and scissors?

Typically, they might face some restrictions in your carry-on unless they fit the TSA’s specific size and shape guidelines.

Before zipping up that suitcase, it’s a smart move to swing by the TSA website to get the lowdown on what’s cool to pack and what’s not. 

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Emily Maye
Emily, a seasoned world traveler and expat, has lived in Germany, Greece, and America, and now calls Scotland home. Despite her roots in Scotland, her solo journeys around the globe continue. Emily firmly believes that travel should be a joy-filled, hassle-free experience.