TSA Travel Tips - Traveling with Sporting Equipment

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
sports equipment

Have questions about traveling with sporting equipment? Well, add a point to the scoreboard, because you’ve come to the right place.

The list on the left contains items you can take on the plane in your carry-on bags. The list on the right contains items that can only be packed in your checked luggage.

Our goal with this post is to keep you free of fouls that could result in yellow and red card penalties. That’s about as “clever” as I’m going to get with my sports analogies. That's soccer by the way...

If the item you’re looking for isn’t on either of the lists below, you can use our web-based “Can I Bring My ____” tool to search for it. You can also use the same tool on our MyTSA App available on GooglePlay and iTunes. If you still can’t find the item you’re looking for, you can reach out to our contact center.

permitted in carry-on bags and permitted in checked baggage only table

Follow these links to read more about traveling with Firearms, Scuba Gear, and Camping/Fishing Gear.

You should check with the airline for the larger sporting goods items that are permitted incarry-on bags. It’s important to find out in advance if there is room on the plane for your item. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns.

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Bob Burns
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