Thursday, November 10, 2011

TSA approved skin care products? Marketing gimmick? Or better products for airplane travel?

Recently, I received an e-mail from a source requesting to submit the "best products that are TSA approved". (Transportation Security Administration) for their readers. Better products you can carry on to an airplane.

Belonging to all sorts of skin care associations, this was the first I heard of this. I googled the request and found no skin care products approved by the TSA. What I did find, are websites named around this ploy that their products were better because they are TSA approved. In fact, one website had it's name and product name related closely to air travel, with a picture of an airplane for their logo (I'm not one to name names). One product line claimed "our products will get you through security check quicker".

Giving benefit of doubt. I read the ingredients of the products and found none of them to have an edge for poor quality air in a plane. Nevertheless, the products were 3.4 ounces or less and non-aerosol.

I decided to contact the TSA directly and spoke to a helpful agent. I asked her if there were skin care products approved by the TSA for travel after explaining my confusion. Her answer to me was: "The TSA does not endorse, select or give any type of approval to skin care products. As long as the products are 3.4 ounces or less and non-aerosol in a clear bag-they are approved to carry on a plane at security check".

So, next time you are packing for a trip via airplane-you don't need to use a particular skin care line to get you through security check any quicker than your current favorite brand. Nor will a skin care line with a logo of an airplane on it get you points and extra smiles from an agent at security check out.

Happy, safe traveling!

By Sandy Alcide founder of Motion Medica skin care. A non-mainstream skin care line without the fluff.