Update: Unfortunately the TSA has clarified that sunscreen in larger quantities isn’t allowed through in carry-on bags through security checkpoints. From TSA:
“Our website incorrectly reported that sunscreen containers larger than 3.4 oz. were allowed in carry-on bags if medically necessary. That error has been corrected. Sunscreen in carry-on bags must be 3.4 oz. or less. Larger quantities should be placed in checked baggage.”
Article posted earlier today:
Redheads, this is major news. As of April 7, 2021, sunscreens are now on TSA’s medically-approved list of items and therefore allowed in your carry-on bag in full size. This change is thanks to the department of dermatology at Brown University, which challenged TSA on the 3.4-ounce liquid limit because sunscreen is needed to protect against skin cancer.
On the TSA’s website, SPF products are allowed along with other medical items like inhalers, contact solution, and medications. But there is one thing you need to remember — while this change means your full-size sunscreen will no longer be confiscated at security (and tossed out — the horror!), you will need to alert officials that you have it. At the checkpoint for inspection, all travel with full-size sunscreen must tell security officers.
This important change comes just ahead of Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May. Skin cancer aka melanoma is the most common form of cancer in the United State and according to the National Foundation For Cancer Research, “approximately 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day in the U.S.”
For redheads, this news is even more important because the MC1R gene causes red hair, freckling and an increased incidence of melanoma. Natural redheads are at a greater risk of melanoma –– even if they never go out in the sun. For anyone who doesn’t know, skin cancer is the most deadly form of skin cancer and essential for redheads. In an article published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, they wrote, “Estimates show that increasing sunscreen use by 5 percent per year over 10 years would lead to a 10 percent reduction in melanomas in the United States.”
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