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Old 10-05-2017, 06:40 PM
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Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

First, if this post/question is in the wrong forum, mods please feel free to move it.

Now, let's say you are going to take a painting workshop in a distant location and you're going to get there on an airplane.

Obviously, paint tubes and paper and anything like a folding easel would go in the checked suitcase due to size, space, liquids restrictions in the cabin.

But what about paintbrushes?

If you have a small zippered flat case with brushes in it, can you take it in your carry on luggage or do you also have to put that in your checked bag?

Please respond ONLY if you have actually done this. I appreciate everyone's ideas and hypotheticals, but right now I'm only looking for personal real life experiences. Doesn't necessarily have to be travel to a workshop, but travel on a plane with an actual brush case with actual full size brushes, vs. just a waterbrush or small fold up travel brush.

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Old 10-05-2017, 08:09 PM
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

I haven't flown in years, so please excuse my reply, but the TSA says watercolor (and artist, and paint) brushes are okay -
http://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=a
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:33 PM
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

No need to apologize! What an awesome website! Flying experience doesn't have to be recent.

And yes, according to them, both generic paintbrushes and watercolor brushes are permitted in carry on . Yay. As are solid dry watercolor paints (but I think I knew that).

That list is fascinating! I have bookmarked this website.

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Old 10-05-2017, 08:41 PM
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

I live in Australia and US customs may be different but I have taken 2-3 brushes, Cotman pocket box, mechanical pencil and a small w/c pad in a clear, easy to see zip-lock bag onto flights. I take it out at customs and present it with my other take on items for inspection, they find it pretty harmless.
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:23 PM
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

I had flown to Arizona (domestic flight) before with a small watercolor kit, ie. one of those 12 half-pan metal tins with M. Graham paints in the pan and three filled waterbrushes. I think the limit for carry-on luggage is a quart-sized bag of 4-oz travel-sized fluids; but in any case, they were in my personal bag and security just waved it through. The flight attendants were very much entertained when I was painting in-flight, haha!
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

I have taken my sketching kit on flights several times with no problem.

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Old 10-06-2017, 07:24 AM
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

I just flew with my brushes with me in the cabin, as well as watercolor pencils (which are much sharper), paint in half-pan form, palette, empty water bottle and collapsible water cup, and paper. I have my art things in a small rolling suitcase that fits under the seat in front of me. My 'purse' is a backpack with camera, hair brush, toothbrush, spare undies (because my suitcase was once lost), and iPad, and usually a book.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:29 AM
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

I have carried on a whole travel sketch kit including brushes, water brushes, handmade sketchbook of paper, pans, DS watercolor sticks and even 5ml tubes of paint in zip lock with toiletries. No one has ever even noticed that there were tubes of paint in a bag with toothpaste tubes and travel shampoo!
Have gone through some major and small US airports with no issues.
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Re: Paintbrushes in carry on bag for flying

Excellent replies from everyone! Thanks. I feel more confident that I will be able to take my brushes in the carry on. :0)

Of course, if anyone's had any problems carrying on paint stuff, I'd love to hear about that as well. But hopefully not!
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