Yesterday, I received the following question from a reader: “Question on water bottles: I’ve heard that one can freeze a bottle of water and then it is eligible to go through TSA. Is it true?” Benita

It’s a good question. Here’s my response:

Hi Benita,
You heard right! I wrote a tip about this in 2017, which you can read here.

But in short, according to the TSA website, “Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.”

GOOD TO KNOW: Believe it or not, you can always ask TSA your security-related questions on Twitter. They do a phenomenal job responding to questions during work hours.


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3 Comments On "Can You Bring Frozen Liquids Through Security?"
  1. Lori Fisher|

    I was traveling with my sister a couple of years ago and she had a frozen bottle of water in her carry on bag. The security line was so long that by the time we got to the check point her bottle had some condensation on it. They stopped her
    because of her melting bottle of water and an hour later finally let her through without the water. We almost missed our flight.

  2. Shindig|

    Had frozen solid ice packs surrounding some lobsters wrapped in newspaper and packed for carry on by a Massachusetts seafood market. Had the ice packs confiscated by TSA at BOS. Clueless?

  3. George Keller|

    I personally had a frozen bottle of water that was confiscated by TSA. After that experience I did try again.

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