Am I able to take 4 packs of bath soap in carry on luggage.
Yes, why wouldn’t you be? They are solids.
In principle: yes you can.
Some soaps contain glycerin, they did trigger a security alert. This was especially the case with homemade glycerin soap bars.
Modern equipment should make the difference between a soap bar and other material. Still, some years back there was a ban on soap bars in some airports of less developed countries.
<<"Yes, why wouldn’t you be? They are solids. ">>
True. Although there's always one... I travel with a block of hard shaving soap to save carrying too many liquids... On one occasion at Heathrow my bag was pulled and the agent convinced herself that it arguably had a "creamy consistency" and should be in my liquids bag - despite me rapping it against the table to demonstrate just how "creamy" it wasn't. After a supervisor ruling and a swab test I was allowed to keep it.
The other umpteen times it's not been questioned, I guess the vast majority of agents know the difference between something that's completely solid and something that's, well, a cream.
Had a similar experience at LCY when the security agent had issues with a solid deodorant stick. She said it looked like it could have been a liquid. I took the cap off and showed her it wasn't a cream jr a paste. There wasn't room in my liquids bag and I didn't have time to continue to argue, so abandoned it.
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I had to undergo extra screening at LHR last year because of a solid shampoo block in my carry-on bag. Advise you put the soap in your liquids bag to avoid such a delay, which was quite long. Must say LHR has been the only security screening that triggered that alert but now to be safe I put it in the liquids bag.
An additional question related to this: Should I avoid wearing any makeup or lotion containing glycerine or glyceryl to avoid delays in airport security? Is it OK to have them in my checked luggage?
How do you folks even think these questions up?
How do these folks get though life on a daily basis ?