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annhjk
12-28-2008, 04:44 PM
Does anyone know if I can bring playdough on the airplane? It's not a liquid so I think it would be okay. But I don't want to plan on it being something to entertain DS3, then have to throw it away.

JenLanDisney
12-28-2008, 06:25 PM
I have brought it twice on an airplane last year. No problem.

BiancaBernard&Penny
12-28-2008, 06:56 PM
I hadn't thought of that idea or the possibility of it being treated as a liquid/gel. At any rate, I'd only be willing to take 2 or 3 of those 1 ounce sized tubs anyway... at 2 1/2, Penny isn't much of a colour connoisseur, anyway.

shellybaxter
12-28-2008, 07:50 PM
I would never take playdough on an airplane. I'm not a playdough hater, I love the stuff - I've taught preschool for twenty years, but even at school we play with it on the tile area, not the carpet. I can't imagine the mess (or even damage to carpets or other people's carry ons) it could make on a plane.

CarolA
12-28-2008, 08:30 PM
Does Playdough still smell? I seem to recall it having a fairly strong smell!

If it does the FA may ask you to close it up. Things that "smell" strongly (besides food) are frowned upon by most airlines. (You should see the FA descend on the poor unknowing lady who thinks she will do her nails on a flight for example!)

bz8bls
12-28-2008, 08:47 PM
Took some earlier this year for DGC and no one said anything.

Didn't think to ask:confused3

kato0627
12-28-2008, 08:50 PM
We used to take Model Magic on the plane. You can buy it from A.C Moore
for 2.00 or so per pack. It does not smell and is not the same consistency of play doh. It does not crumble so it is easy to play with.

bavaria
12-28-2008, 09:00 PM
I would never take playdough on an airplane. I'm not a playdough hater, I love the stuff - I've taught preschool for twenty years, but even at school we play with it on the tile area, not the carpet. I can't imagine the mess (or even damage to carpets or other people's carry ons) it could make on a plane.

One of our regular posters reported a permanent stain on a suit thanks to Playdough on an airplane.

I would not bring it due to the risk of it being considered a gel, the smell, and the mess.

One of our former posters used to suggest the old fashioned toy of pipe cleaners - cheap and entertaining.

Singinglizzie
12-28-2008, 09:40 PM
Believe it or not, some "Aspergers" kids have a strong reaction to the smell of playdough and it "sets" them off. This was one of the triggers for my kid when he was little but I always thought he was just over reacting until I learned otherwise. I would recommend a type that has no smell. If this helps any, I always bought a few new toys from the dollar stores to bring on the plane to help occupy my kids. Coloring books and crayons always worked for us too. Have fun on your trip.

jenndisney
12-28-2008, 09:46 PM
I for one hate the smell of play dough. On one leg of our flight in December, the FA had to ask a family to put theirs away (I was not the one who complained). The mom than pulled out markers and paper. Again, the smell was crazy and the FA asked them to put those away also. We then had to deal with three upset toddlers who could not understand why their toy was taken away. I say, just bring something that you know is not a risk.

Have a great trip.

Sleepy
12-28-2008, 11:38 PM
Does Playdough still smell? I seem to recall it having a fairly strong smell!

If it does the FA may ask you to close it up. Things that "smell" strongly (besides food) are frowned upon by most airlines. (You should see the FA descend on the poor unknowing lady who thinks she will do her nails on a flight for example!)

The smell of that stuff makes me nauseous.

Carriemel
12-29-2008, 07:33 AM
I, for one, am highly allergic to Play-doh. My throat closes off and I can't breathe if I'm anywhere near a tub of opened Play-doh. I know that I'd be kinda upset if someone in the enclosed tube of an airplane opened a tub of that stuff.

But Play-doh is considered a paste/gel and would be limited to the same liquids and gels allowances of 3.4 ounces per container and however many of those containers would fit into a quart-size ziploc bag.

Jaymie
12-29-2008, 10:41 AM
I've taken it a few times, never had a problem. But now I just stick to the DVD player and my DS is good for the whole trip.

yakarual
01-25-2009, 08:51 PM
Our playdough was confiscated by airport security about a year ago. We had specifically bought playdough to keep my son happy on the plane, it was brand-new and it was in 2-oz. containers. Airport security would not let us take it on the plane even in a quart-size bag. It never occured to me that it might be a problem. I am jealous of all the other people who replied to this post who said they had no problem!

DebbieB
01-25-2009, 09:16 PM
Plastic explosives are sometimes hidden in playdough like substances, which might be why security confiscated it.

I don't think it's appropriate to bring on a plane, the smell is bad plus the mess it could make if it's dropped on the floor or the seat and stepped on or sat on.

Andrea from PA
01-26-2009, 09:05 PM
I would be THAT passenger who requests you put it away.

The odor causes massive migraines for me.

Even if it is permitted on the plane, please consider that things with strong odors, esp in the close confines of a plane, can cause health reactions from others.

DVCBELLE
01-26-2009, 11:00 PM
OP - I looked on the TSA and it isn't a prohibited item so if you want to try the smaller tubes you should have no problem -

I wouldn't worry about it other reactions to you bringing it - if your child cries through the whole trip it will irritate others, if your child has playdough and is content they will complain about the smell - I have even had people tell me if my child is chatty it will irritate them - you just can't please everyone so do what is right for you.

I get migraines from perfumes, bath and body works spray, too much hand lotion but that certainly doesn't stop other people from wearing them. The sound of another person chewing gum annoys me to the point I want to scream but people still do it. I know I can't control what other people do.

JennSaint
01-27-2009, 04:43 AM
Does Playdough still smell? I seem to recall it having a fairly strong smell!

If it does the FA may ask you to close it up. Things that "smell" strongly (besides food) are frowned upon by most airlines. (You should see the FA descend on the poor unknowing lady who thinks she will do her nails on a flight for example!)

Yes playdough still has the awful smell. I would suggest looking for a recipe and make your own. I was a preschool teacher for 6 years and we made our own playdough and it didn't have a smell. But I would say all playdough can make a mess especially on a carpet.

bavaria
01-27-2009, 04:44 AM
One of our very regular posters here reported that she sat in playdough on an airplane and it permanently stained/ruined her suit. Bringing things like this show a lack of respect for your fellow travellers especially since we have seen several different reactions here explaining why it is not airplane-friendly.

There are many other toys you can bring, such as pipe cleaners or window clings, which keep children occupied. It doesn't need to be playdough.

goofy4tink
01-27-2009, 04:54 AM
Okay...before this starts going down the tube, so to speak, let's look at it logically.
If you know that there could, and probably will be, those on your plane that will be negatively impacted by the smell of something, why risk bringing it? To the poster who said you would probably be okay and smelling play-doh is better than listening to kids cry for a flight....if the stuff isn't brough onboard in the first place, no crying will occur.
There are plenty of less objectionable things you can bring with you. I like the smell of Play-doh, but my dh gets physically nauseated when he smells it.....used to love playing with it, now have to moosh it around when he isn't there!!!
Just try to be sensitive to other travelers. Leave the heavy colognes, sardine sandwiches, play-doh all at home. One person's idea of a lovely smell could very well be someone else's nightmare.

bavaria
01-27-2009, 05:32 AM
Hmm... didn't realise that I repeated myself on this thread! :lmao:

Seriously, though, there are lots of things which may pass security but which are really not friendly on board an airplane. That includes playdough, DVD players without earphones, smelly things, toys which make loud noises, etc.

Air travel is already stressful for most people; why bring something which will just increase that stress level, either for you if it is taken away or you are told to put it away, or for others around you?

Today I watched two kids play for an entire two hours on a flight with a Ratatouille cling toy which the airline handed out. The DVD player was completely ignored.

Disney8704
01-27-2009, 11:44 AM
Not sure about if it allowed or not. You could always just contact your airport and ask to be on the safe side. With that said, I have read other replies, and think it could turn out to be a disaster if you brought it. Someone could not like the smell, the stuff is messy. My 3 yr old nephew plays with that stuff all the time over here at my house, and I always make sure to put his play dough mat down and have him use that to keep his play dough on it. So if you do decide to bring it make sure you bring a small play dough mat that he can put on the tray table. If not play dough how about some coloring books and crayons? Or a couple little cars to play with?

friendofgusgus
01-27-2009, 02:05 PM
Play-dough also contains wheat, which is a known allergen. Leaving Play-Dough residue on a tray table or seat arm could be hazardous to the next person who sits there if he or she has a wheat allergy. :guilty:

crashbb
01-27-2009, 02:14 PM
Play-dough also contains wheat, which is a known allergen. Leaving Play-Dough residue on a tray table or seat arm could be hazardous to the next person who sits there if he or she has a wheat allergy. :guilty:

But they serve sandwiches and other wheat products on flights and there is no restriction on bringing wheat products on the plane (as opposed to the occasion request for a peanut free flight). If you are going to use that as an argument for no Play-Dough, you'd have to ban sandwiches etc. as well. These foods leave crumbs which can easily get squished into trays/seats/seat arms.

And I have a gluten intolerance (celiac is not a gluten allergy) so I am affected by contamination, so I am not making light of the issue.

friendofgusgus
01-27-2009, 02:27 PM
But they serve sandwiches and other wheat products on flights and there is no restriction on bringing wheat products on the plane (as opposed to the occasion request for a peanut free flight). If you are going to use that as an argument for no Play-Dough, you'd have to ban sandwiches etc. as well. These foods leave crumbs which can easily get squished into trays/seats/seat arms.

And I have a gluten intolerance (celiac is not a gluten allergy) so I am affected by contamination, so I am not making light of the issue.

I agree - and I know that there is no way to ban the "big 8" on airplanes (we have a kid with severe food allergies) but I just think it's another reason not to bring stuff on there if you don't have to. Luckily, we do not have airborne issues - just heavy contact and ingestion - but I always feel for those that do.

I figure - if it's avoidable, why not avoid it? :)

bravos66
01-27-2009, 02:47 PM
We had our play dough confiscated a couple of years ago, we were told it was a disallowed substance by the TSA. I would bring some sticker books, coloring books or a box of band aids. It takes a while to unwrap the band aids, and then they can stick them on their arms, etc. Have a great trip!!!

jenseib
01-27-2009, 03:43 PM
OP - I looked on the TSA and it isn't a prohibited item so if you want to try the smaller tubes you should have no problem -

I wouldn't worry about it other reactions to you bringing it - if your child cries through the whole trip it will irritate others, if your child has playdough and is content they will complain about the smell - I have even had people tell me if my child is chatty it will irritate them - you just can't please everyone so do what is right for you.

I get migraines from perfumes, bath and body works spray, too much hand lotion but that certainly doesn't stop other people from wearing them. The sound of another person chewing gum annoys me to the point I want to scream but people still do it. I know I can't control what other people do.


I agree with others who responded. If it's not brought, they won;t miss it and will be happy with other toys. Playdough does smell and is messy. I have some that is in my carpet permanantly after I even used a mat and swept right after use. So no need to do that to a plane. Bring a DVD palyer with headphones and other quiet games. I like the bandaid idea. boxes go fast at our house if not hidden as DD thinks she has a boo boo everywhere! LOL! Not sure how old your child/ren is/are, but we jsut bought our 4YO a leafrog leapster with a few games. She loves this thing, and I plan to bring it along this year on the plane. I am even going to buy her a new game as a surprise for the trip for something new. So if you don't have one of those, maybe look into that. I think they are for age 3or 4 and up.

BellaBaby
01-27-2009, 04:22 PM
Last year when flying out of Denver, we were stopped at security and my kids backpacks were looked into because they had tape gum (which comes in a round hard plastic case). The TSA officer said he thought it was play doh, which is not allowed. He let the tape gum go. (I guess it showed up on the xray). We have flown many times before with it, without incident. I was just surprised, as I have never thought to fly with play doh.

Just my experience....

mom2meiko
01-27-2009, 05:36 PM
i agree with some of the other posters. playdough - while it is a long time favorite of children - can be messy and it smells (which is known to cause headaches for a lot of people in my family at least - i'm sure there are others as well.) if you can avoid bringing it and have a happy entertained child, i would recommend trying to avoid it. if you think it is an absolute must to surviving the flight try it and see how it goes. worst case scenario it is confiscated or the flight attendant asks you not to use it.

TaraPA
01-27-2009, 07:09 PM
OMG I thought it was just me that got sick from the smell of Play-Doh!! I hesitated even reading this thread because I thought "if I tell them the smell makes me gag they'll think I'm crazy." Looks like I'm with the majority for once! No to the Doh! No to the Doh!