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Wearing Wigs at the Airport

Posted on September 25 2019

If you’re worried that a trip to the airport with a wig is scary or too much hassle, don't worry. Use the tips below to help you navigate security and feel comfortable traveling with your wigs.


Traveling With Wigs

Wearing the right wig at the airport can make air travel that much easier. A good wig for travel is one that keeps you cool and comfortable. Also, so feel obligated to travel with your most expensive human hair wig. A standard synthetic fiber style is your best option air travel.

If you would still like to bring your human hair wig on your trip, pack it! We recommend the ResQ bag by Amy Gibson. This kit is the best way to travel with multiple wigs. Also, if you choose to put your wigs in your carry-on bag, be sure to pack them so it’s easy to remove them if asked to do so. 

Make sure to include your wig essentials in your luggage. We recommend carrying a wide tooth wig comb in your carry-on for any touchups. And, be sure to pack a wig stand to store your piece when you are not wearing it.


Wigs And Airport Security

The TSA security line can be scary if you are wearing wigs while traveling for the first time. You may need to mentally prepare yourself and your wig for the security check. TSA agents see numerous wigs a day, and they are trained to recognize hairpieces. 

When you reach security, you may choose to discreetly inform them that you are wearing a wig. If they request to check beneath your wig, you can request to hold your wig down while they look underneath it. If an agent does have to touch your hair, don’t be afraid to request they wear a fresh pair of gloves.

If for any reason you are asked to remove your wig, you are allowed to request a private room to do so. For this reason, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make it through security without missing your flight.


Airplanes and Wigs

Plane hair is real. Your wig just spent hours rubbing against the rough fabric of an airplane seat. So, by the time your plane touches down, your wig is probably looking a little disheveled.

When packing for your trip, you may want to include a carry-on sized detangling spray and a wide-tooth comb in your bag. After exiting the plane, excuse yourself to the bathroom and give your wig a quick touch up. For an even faster job, pack a mirror too and avoid the airport restroom altogether. You are now ready to take on the world in your new destination!


  • Loving Life: October 28, 2019

    On a related note— The only time I have ever removed my wig (see my previous comment about wearing wigs during childbirth, surgery, etc.) was during my first MRI… Because of the metal in my wig, the nurse asked me to remove my wig, but simply gave me several fabric shower-caps (to cover my bare scalp). FYI— I don’t recall removing it during later MRI’s (including a brain MRI).

  • Loving Life: October 28, 2019

    While the general recommendations were good (other than the fact that the writer really needs to proofread the article), I think the concerns about the TSA are silly. Why call attention to the fact that you are wearing a wig? Do deaf people remove their hearing aids? Are we expected to remove our contacts? Are the paralyzed expected to leave their wheelchairs? I have worn wigs for 20 years and have flown in and out of many airports….. Just go through the TSA line like everyone else; if the officers have concerns, they will most certainly pull you aside. Then, they will give you an opportunity to request an agent of the same sex and have your review/pat-down in a private room. I’ve only been called-out by the TSA once and that experience was most likely due to the lotion on my hands. I even declined the private pat-down since I was in a hurry. Once you’ve given birth, survived multiple bouts with cancer, and have been through multiple surgeries (all while wearing a wig), the TSA line is nothing…. And don’t forget, all of your fellow travelers are too busy with their own affairs to worry about you. During my “run-in” with the TSA, my traveling companion and I had a good laugh, especially after all of the photos were posted on FaceBook :-)….. Trust me, like doctors, college staff, teachers, counselors, etc.— These officers have SEEN/HEARD IT ALL. They simply want to keep you calm, do their jobs, and honestly DON’T CARE…. It’s all about perspective, folks……

  • Dee: October 23, 2019

    Thank you for all the helpful hints & suggestions!
    I have only flown short flights & never had a thought to some of the things that could happen! Thank you, again!

  • The Wig Experts: October 01, 2019

    Hi Joyce,

    We don’t recommend taking the metal out of the ear tabs because then the wig won’t fit securely. As for plastic replacement option, we don’t recommend those because they could break.

    Thanks for the comment!

    - The Wig Experts

  • The Wig Experts: October 01, 2019

    Hi CM,

    We don’t recommend wearing your nicest wig to the airport because of plane hair and the constant movement that you’ll be doing. But that’s just our suggestion! You can wear any wig that makes you feel comfortable!

    - The Wig Experts

  • Joyce R: October 01, 2019

    For an MRI at hospital, you have to take wig off because of the stays at side of head or above the ears, because they are metal.
    Is there anyway they can be replaced with plastic or something else?
    Thank you

  • Suzie: October 01, 2019

    I don’t wear my topper at the airport. After checking in, i go to the bathroom and slide on my topper. Makes life much easier.

  • JENIFER: October 01, 2019

    This is great information

  • Alice Masters: October 01, 2019

    I travel frequently for business, both domestically and internationally. My res-q bags are a lifesaver! Much more discrete than a zipper bag, although I’ve done that too. And always in carry on, never in checked. As for TSA searches, so far I’ve not had to remove a wig, but I find most TSA agents are really pretty good about cosmetic or prosthetic items. Don’t be afraid to own to your helper hair. And insist on a same gender agent if you need an additional search requiring a private screening area.

  • D.j. Speaks: October 01, 2019

    I have been flying a lot lately and these are all valid concerns. I was especially concerned that TSA might pull my wigs out of the suitcase they were packed in. When traveling I just turned my wigs inside out and put them in a plastic bag and it is worked fine. Having a wide-tooth comb on the plane and some spray is a good idea. I found the easiest thing for me is to wear a ponytail or hairpiece that way they don’t have to reach under anything and it’s cool and keeps a wig from rubbing against the back of the seat. I simply wear it up high and bring the ponytail around to the front so it’s not rubbing. It’s worked gfrien.Happy travels friends!

  • CM: October 01, 2019

    Do you recommend not wearing Remy hair for air travel because of “plane hair” or is there another reason? Also, I’m wondering whether the machines can detect a wig that doesn’t have metal clips or if the risk of detection is because a TSA agent might notice that you’re wearing a wig and therefore want to do a search. Do the new wave scanners or traditional x-ray scanners at airport security detect wigs that don’t have metal clips in them? Thank you.

  • Jean: October 01, 2019

    I have been wearing wigs for 35+ years. I have been around the world several times, through American TSA & that of Asian, European, Australian, etc. security & never been stopped by security for wearing a wig. That said, the suggestions here are right on to prepare you in the rare case it would happen.

  • Frances Bolt: October 01, 2019

    Years ago when I first started wearing wigs, the metal clips caused the alarms to go off. I had to go sit down in public view while the TSA agent felt through my hair until she saw that I had the metal clips holding the wig on. It was pretty embarrassing. Now I have no clips in my wigs. I use glue around the edges of my head and wear a little wig cap (the glue keeps it from slipping off). Then I use about a 1 1/2 inch strip of wig tape in front and one in back. That keeps my wigs on even in windy weather and there is no metal to set off alarms!

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