Poppers as in amyl/isobutyl nitrate. Officially used as video head cleaner and nail polish remover and room deodorizers. Unofficial use as a sex aid. Can I bring them with me while traveling? Will TSA confiscate them? The bottle is absolutely tiny. Just 10 mL worth.

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    Checked-in or hand luggage?
    – user40521
    Jun 12, 2018 at 8:02
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    Given poppers is quite volatile, I wonder if it's flammable? If so, it would be prohibited for this reason. If not, it probably enters the liquids, gels and aerosols regime, i.e. it should be in ≤ 100 ml containers, and all such containers should fit in a 1 l bag if in carry-on, no limit in checked baggage. Also, I'm not sure the legal status of poppers in the US. If it's illegal, it can probably be seized for that reason (though I have no idea if TSA can/will do that). You can ask TSA via the links provided on this page.
    – jcaron
    Jun 12, 2018 at 9:14
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    Yes please consider if popper is legal in the country you land, before any other thought. Jun 12, 2018 at 11:52
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    @jcaron flammable liquids are excepted from prohibition if they are ["medicinal [or] toilet articles."](law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/175.10#a) Apparently, though, the substances in question here cannot be sold legally for human consumption without a prescription, so they would not be allowed. If it's labeled as nail polish remover, it might pass muster.
    – phoog
    Jun 12, 2018 at 14:34

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Legally, no.

Under FAA regulations, liquids with a 'flash point' below 60 degrees C/140 degrees F are considered "flammable" and may not generally be carried on a standard passenger aircraft.

Isobutyl nitrite has a flash point of around -23 degrees C/-10 degrees F, which places it not just in the "flammable" range, but well into the "highly flammable" range.

Thus transporting "Poppers" on a plane, in either carry-on or checked luggage, is illegal.

In many parts of the world Isopropyl nitrite is used for "Poppers" instead of Isobutyl nitrite (due to the latter being determined to be a carcinogen). Isopropyl nitrite has a higher flash point, however it is still classified as a flammable liquid, and whilst it is legal to transport it on a commercial aircraft (up to 1 liter per aircraft), it requires proper documentation and approval, so would still generally not be allowed in the form you are considering.


Specific to your reference and tag to the TSA, thus travel within the United States, here's the Transportation Security Administration view:

Party Poppers
Carry On Bags: No
Checked Bags: No
For more prohibited items, please go to the 'What Can I Bring?' page.

The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

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    Maybe something got lost in translation but unless the TSA have a wierd sense of humour, they aren't the same thing at all.
    – richardb
    Jun 23, 2018 at 14:35
  • If you're referring to the 'final decision' (and the TSA is not known for its humour), it's the standard disclaimer on all posted info: basically, don't argue with the TSA inspector you encounter.
    – Giorgio
    Jun 23, 2018 at 15:16
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_popper / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppers (drugs references, possibly NSFW).
    – richardb
    Jun 23, 2018 at 16:07
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    @Giorgio, party poppers are completely unrelated to the poppers in the question.
    – jcaron
    Jun 23, 2018 at 16:36
  • OP isn't asking about party poppers, totally different. Aug 7, 2021 at 18:03

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