Travelling by airplane these days is very different compared to 20 years ago. Before the terrorist attacks on September 11th, there was not much attention placed on security and items being brought on board an airplane. Since then however, airports around the world have tightened their security and implemented rules that would change air travel forever. More security measures such as additional screening and x-ray machines were implemented to catch people bringing prohibited items on board the airplane. Also, harsher restrictions on liquids being brought onboard were established to deter hazardous chemicals being used inappropriately.
These restrictions caused many changes to what travelers could and could not bring onto an airplane. Firstly, all liquids had to be in containers measuring less than 100ml. This meant any perfume, cologne, toothpaste, body lotion or cream had to be in bottles measuring 100ml or less. This caused a lot of problems for travelers at first because back then, not many perfume or cologne bottles were produced in that size or smaller. Lotions and shampoos that came in big bottles also had to be checked in.
Unsurprisingly, million of travelers were caught up in the confusion when the rules were first implemented. As a consequence, many bottles of perfume, cologne, water bottles, lotions and toothpaste had to be discarded at airport security checkpoints around the world before people eventually understood the rules more. The queue at checkpoints also became longer as guards had to explain to travelers and they had to separate any liquids and gels to be inspected separately. This caused more stress and agitation to travelers and security guards especially in the months just after the regulations were implemented.
The manufacturers and companies behind popular products also had to change their packaging due to this. Perfume bottles in sizes below 100ml were more widely produced to target the traveler market so that they can be brought in hand carry bags. Sales of smaller sized perfume bottles also increased significantly at duty free shops in the airport as more people chose smaller sizes over the bigger ones, especially if they want to use it on their travels. Do check out these perfumes which are essentially the miniature versions of the best perfumes for women. Toothpaste, hand creams, shampoo and body lotions were also manufactured in smaller sizes to pass through security checks at airports.
As travelers become more wary of the new regulations and understand them a little more, they have begun to purchase smaller travel sized bottles offered by numerous pharmacies and travel shops. These allow travelers to fill these bottles with whatever they require to be carried on board with them. However, these bottles should not be filled with perfume as they are usually made from plastic, which may react with the perfume and alter the scent. This kept the sales of perfume in smaller sizes strong because travelers had little option but to purchase them in their glass bottles. To this day, rules on air travel are constantly changing to ensure travelers and airplanes are safe. This causes companies to keep up to date to ensure their products are still relevant and compliant.