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Blades are in their original pack. All toiletries are in a separate small bag. That's inside my luggage

Is this ok? I live nomadically so it's not like I have a home I can leave it behind and I don't want to deal with buying a new blade every time I need to shave. So I'll just keep carrying this with me. If they take it, oh well. If they take it again, oh well, again. ... Good idea?

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    Does this answer your question? Can I bring a pack of razor blades on a plane?
    – shoover
    Jun 24 at 19:10
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    Safety razors blades can be purchased in many convenience or department stores like CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, etc and they are usually very cheap (<$5). It would probably be easier for you to avoid the hassle and just buy them at the destination.
    – Jessica
    Jun 24 at 22:20
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    I get around this when I travel by simply not shaving while I'm abroad
    – Aaron F
    Jun 24 at 23:33
  • I travel the globe perpetually with Gillette 5 bladers all the time in checked and at times in onboard luggage... Never questioned once!
    – Mark Ward
    Jun 27 at 7:57

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Attempt at a more generic answer:

  1. You can always check online at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all In this example just put in "razor" in the search box and it will tell you exactly what the rules are. In this case "blades" are NOT allowed
  2. While this website only covers US rules, I have never seen any significant discrepancy between US and other countries, so this is good starting point for international travel as well
  3. Be prepared for inconsistencies. I've had security officers remove items that were clearly allowed. I also got through with items that were clearly not allowed. Just go with flow and don't argue (it won't help). Just let them toss the item and buy a new one (unless it's something valuable).
  4. Every check point has somewhat different rules: what has to come out of bag, liquids, shoes, belt, jackets, etc. Just look around and see what other people are doing and who gets yelled at.
  5. If you travel with somewhat unusual items, you can choose to take them out proactively. In my case this has been Rubik's Cubes (no idea why) and a measurement microphone (which is a longish metal object).
  6. Be prepared for inconsistencies: I have been yelled for not taking stuff out and I have been yelled at for taking stuff out. Just ignore it.
  7. Occasionally you may find the label "SSSS" on your boarding pass. Congratulations: you have won the lottery for "Secondary Security Screening Selection", i.e. you will be pulled out for a separate manual screening. Head to security a bit earlier and make sure you carry-on is squeaky clean.
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    The point Just Don't Argue is an incredibly important point!
    – Fattie
    Jun 24 at 15:43
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    If their action is clearly against the regulations, what's the harm in asking for a supervisor who can double-check the decision? Sure, I'd lose some time, but I'd hate to throw away something that can still be used.
    – helm
    Jun 24 at 16:31
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    @helm The harm is that even if you're doing things by the book, the TSA has wide latitude to make your travel experience unpleasant
    – BThompson
    Jun 24 at 19:44
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    @BThompson It can still save you from losing an item that may be quite expensive (sometimes more than the the ticket). Sometimes the other option is just to go home and don't fly. Arguing may be worth it if it has the potential to save the trip. Jun 25 at 8:48
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    @VladimirFГероямслава fortunately, when you do the actual cost/benefit analysis, you know how expensive the item is. If they're going to trash your $5 explicitly-allowed disposable razor, it is probably better not to ask for a supervisor. If the item really is worth hundreds of dollars, by all means, persist.
    – phoog
    Jun 26 at 20:14
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TSA explicitly prohibits it. If you want, you have to use a disposable razor in which blades cannot be removed easily.

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    TSA prohibits safety razors and straight razors, however, disposable razors are "permissible in carry-on luggage with the blade and replacement cartridges." Electric shavers are fine, too.
    – Jason
    Jun 24 at 14:20
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    Maybe worth pointing out that "disposable razors" includes those high quality types with a non-disposable handle and (relatively expensive) disposable blade cartridges, not just the crappy all-in-one disposable type. Jun 24 at 14:27
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    @SpehroPefhany that is very worth pointing out. Thanks! In my vernacular, “disposable razor” is only the plastic all in one kind that you (at least used to) be able to get like 5 for a dollar and you can get for free at say mid level and up hotels in the US. Good to know TSA includes allows the other kind.
    – Damila
    Jun 25 at 0:51

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