UK & International Nail Polish Shipping Campaign- CODE RAINBOW

Clare Gray
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We the undersigned are standing together as a global voice in the international nail polish and nail art community to ask the International Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to review their flight restrictions on shipping nail polish out of the UK and to review the status of nail polish as a dangerous good.

We believe there are inconsistencies in the transport of nail polish globally and we feel this unfair to both potential international customers and a potential loss of income/ growth to small, successful independent nail polish brands based in the UK.

We would like the risks around nail polish to be reviewed as we feel that carefully packaged nail polish in small quantities although flammable (as with most matter when in contact with fire) it is not, on it's own an explosive substance.

We would like the CAA to conduct a full risk assessment and investigate risk management around the carrying of nail polish and a full and frank response to the following questions:

1. Has nail polish ever caused a fire/ smoke or a potential risk on an aircraft? What is the likelihood/ probability of this happening (and therefore being deemed a dangerous good) and being a high risk on a calculated risk matrix?

2. Why have our main UK postal carrier Royal Mail not been issued a license to carry nail polish, yet nail polish is shipped into the UK from larger commercial companies and available on the high street to buy in the UK? How do they get their products here?

3. By what method is nail polish shipped to Northern Ireland from UK (and arrives at the same time as mainland UK mail) yet restricted in the Republic of Ireland?

4.Why is it acceptable for nail polish to be packed in your personal luggage when flying on an aircraft in and out of the UK, yet not acceptable to pack safely in the cargo hold of an aircraft?

5. We would like the review to look into alternatives of carriage/ packaging/ issuing of licenses for e.g. a shared group license for UK independent nail polish makers to ship according to acceptable packing/ unit limit?

We understand the unacceptable risks around dangerous goods and potentially explosive items AND unacceptable risks to aircraft staff and the general public however we feel nail polish has been unfairly deemed as a dangerous good, especially if shipped in small quantities, packaged correctly and held in cargo holds correctly.

To conclude we would like a review to take place as soon as possible to allow independent brands and nail polish enthusiasts to ship nail polish safely outside of the UK.



  • Kayla Stephens
    Kayla Stephens United States
    Nov 02, 2017
    Nov 02, 2017
    No one should be denied the joy of nail polish!
  • Joanna Hartup
    Joanna Hartup United Kingdom, Birmingham
    Nov 02, 2017
    Nov 02, 2017
    A constant bane to have to deal with!
  • Paula Woodrum
    Paula Woodrum United States, Manassas
    Oct 29, 2017
    Oct 29, 2017
    As a retired fire marshal from the US whose specialty was the use, storage and handling of hazardous materials, I was in the fire service for over 31 years and a fire marshal for 20 of those years.

    I can certainly understand and appreciate concern with fire loading and propagation in aviation. However, if polishes are clearly marked, quantities limited and properly handled the risk is no higher than allowing alcohol-based personal care products, such as hairspray (which is under pressure and has a lower flash point), to be carried on commercial air carriers without regard to cumulative quantities amongst the passengers.

    There is risk with everything we do. It is crucial that we not overreact and ban something due to an isolated incident. The key is to assess risk and potential issues, then develop policy, education and emergency plans to minimize those risks. Nothing can be without any risk at all. Incidents can happen even when the aircraft is on the tarmac.

    Thank you for your consideration and opportunity to comment.
  • Jennifer Price
    Jennifer Price United States, London
    Oct 25, 2017
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    Oct 25, 2017
    I am so glad you are doing this I'm like everyone else I live in Ky. And you can't get the polish for one of two things I'm across seas so they won't ship it all together or they want to charge to much for shipping!! The hit the bottle stamping polish I could get it for 5$ a bottle if they shipped to the U.S. and if you buy it here you will pay 7 to 9 dollars a bottle !! I signed and I hope it goes through!!!
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