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Offline lrepetsky

Flying with synthetic luricant
« on: September 12, 2016, 02:30:40 pm »
Can you fly synthetic lubricant such as Finish Line (2 0z) in checked luggage?  I am flying to Canada.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Flying with synthetic luricant
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2016, 02:55:07 pm »
It's not clear.

TSA prohibits flammable liquids in either checked or carry-on luggage.  (But they allow fueled cigarette lighters to be carried on!)   I don't know what the carrier liquid in Finish Line is, but it's volatile, so it might well be flammable.

OTOH, I've flown with aftershave or cologne, and my wife with perfume, and never had a problem.  If there's a small bottle wrapped up in a ziplock bag and packed with toothpaste and deodorant, there's a good chance TSA won't notice it on X-rays and won't give you any guff about it.  Just be ready to toss it if TSA or Customs doesn't like it.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Flying with synthetic luricant
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2016, 10:34:34 pm »
Can you fly synthetic lubricant such as Finish Line (2 0z) in checked luggage?  I am flying to Canada.
Technically, probably not. But I do it all the time.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Flying with synthetic luricant
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 07:09:11 am »
If there's a small bottle wrapped up in a ziplock bag and packed with toothpaste and deodorant, there's a good chance TSA won't notice it on X-rays and won't give you any guff about it.  Just be ready to toss it if TSA or Customs doesn't like it.
Do as Pat suggests and keep the bottle 2 ounces or less and you are unlikely to have a problem. It has worked for me.

On the other hand it is usually pretty easy to hit a bike shop in the first few days of a tour.  Barring that a hardware store or gun shop will probably have Boeshield T-9 or a walmart will have some suitable lube.

Offline Walter

Re: Flying with synthetic luricant
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2016, 03:27:35 pm »
typically (consumer) libricants are not considered flammable or corrosive; unless they are an aerosol which makes them a flammable compressed liquid.

I pulled the MSDS and with a flashpoint of 120F it is considered flammable hazmat in air transport. the only exemption would be the quantity packaged in consumer products such as a small bottle of T-9. quite a few hazmat consumer products are exempt for practical reasons.
personally I do not see a real problem here; package it in a ziplock or whatever.
walter