There may be many items that you want to travel with that are made of glass, so you might be wondering if you can bring them all with you or if there are any restrictions.
In short, you will mostly be okay when bringing glass items on a plane in both your checked bags and carry on bags.
However, there are some important things to know, so you don’t get caught out when going through airport security.
Table of Contents
- 1 Bringing Glass on a Plane
- 2 What About a Bottle of Wine or Spirits?
- 3 You Can Bring Bottles of Perfume and Cologne Too
- 4 Can You Bring Empty Glass Bottles, Jars and Cups on a Plane?
- 5 Other Glass Items You Can Bring on a Plane
- 6 Glass Items You Can’t Take on a Plane
- 7 How to Safely Pack Glass When Flying
- 8 Glass Won’t Explode on a Plane
Bringing Glass on a Plane
The TSA state that you can bring glass on a plane, but “the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint”.
This is quite general, though, so, in a moment, we’ll take a look at some of the more popular items made of glass that you might want to bring on a plane.
It doesn’t matter who you are flying with.
All airlines, whether it be American Airlines, United, Southwest, JetBlue or any other, all follow TSA regulations when it comes to bringing glass on a plane.
Domestic vs. International Flights
While the TSA does not have authority in other countries, you will find that civil aviation authorities are closely aligned when it comes to bringing glass items on a plane.
So the glass items stated in this article that you can and can’t travel with should apply globally.
What About a Bottle of Wine or Spirits?
If you want to pack a bottle of wine or spirits in your checked bags with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol, you are limited to 5 liters (1.3 gallons), and they must be in unopened retail packaging.
Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags.
See Also: Can You Bring Alcohol on a Plane?
You Can Bring Bottles of Perfume and Cologne Too
You can bring a bottle of perfume that is made of glass on a plane in your carry on bags, as long as the bottle is less than or equal to 3.4 oz/100 ml.
If the bottle of perfume is packed in your checked bags, it must not exceed 500 ml (17 fluid ounces).
If you want to bring a bottle of cologne on a plane, the same rules apply as for perfume.
In other words, the bottle of cologne should be less than or equal to 3.4 oz/100 ml if packed in your carry on bag, and must not exceed 500 ml (17 fluid ounces) if packed in your checked bags.
Can You Bring Empty Glass Bottles, Jars and Cups on a Plane?
If you want to bring an empty glass bottle or jar on a plane, you will have no problems doing so in either your carry on bags or checked bags.
Glass cups in either your carry on bags or checked bags are also fine.
Related: Can You Bring Shooters on a Plane?
Other Glass Items You Can Bring on a Plane
Here are some other popular glass items that you can bring on a plane in either your carry on bags or checked bags:
- Glass vases
- Glass vials
- Shot glasses and other drinking vessels
- Glass picture frames
- Glass mirrors
- Glass nail files
- Glass ornaments
- Glass paperweights (depending on weight and size)
- Magnifying glass
Glass Items You Can’t Take on a Plane
There are very few glass items that can’t be taken on a plane:
- Glass containers that contain more than 3.4 oz/100ml in your carry on bags
- Glass snow globes that contain more than 3.4 oz/100ml and/or don’t fit in a one quart-sized, resealable plastic bag
- Glass items with sharp edges
That really is it!
How to Safely Pack Glass When Flying
Protecting glass items, so they arrive safely at your destination when traveling, isn’t too complicated as long as you use some common sense.
Generally, you should:
- Wrap the item in bubble wrap
- Wrap the item in soft layers of clothing like socks, underwear and T-shirts
- Do not pack the material around the item too densely
Glass Won’t Explode on a Plane
Due to the change in air pressure, you might be wondering if glass will explode on a plane.
Thankfully, glass will not explode on a plane.
The worst that can happen is finding your glass item broken if not packed properly due to the fragility of glass.
Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.
Honored as one of "30 Under 30" by TTG Media (the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper), a "Tour Operator Travel Guru" and "Legend Award" winner, Ella is also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel, a Member of the Association of Women Travel Executives, has completed over 250 travel modules, and hosts travel-focused segments on national radio shows where she provides insights on travel regulations and destinations.
Ella has visited over 40 countries (with 10 more planned this year).