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  1. Michelle Callahan
    September 29, 2019 @ 7:32 pm

    I’m wondering if I can carry on a kids baseball bat? It’s not wood or aluminum. It’s called a softee bat.

    • Ali Garland
      September 30, 2019 @ 12:49 pm

      Hi Michelle! I’m guessing it’s made out of foam or something similar? So it’s probably ok, but I don’t feel comfortable saying that with 100% certainty. TSA has these rules about things that look like weapons, so a toy gun would be prohibited, and I’m not sure if they would consider a foam bat to be something that looks like a weapon. My common sense says it should be allowed, but common sense doesn’t always apply with TSA rules, so I’m hesitant. If you’re checking luggage, I’d recommend putting it in your checked bag. If it’s something you really wanted to bring in carry on, I recommend asking TSA directly through their Twitter or Facebook page.

  2. James Jones Jr.
    September 20, 2019 @ 2:20 am

    Is it permissible to put a WWII Aircraft compass in your carry-on? Although it has connectors for power, it will not be active, or powered up. It requires an external power supply, which will not be in the carry on. Size is 7 inches diameter, 4 inches tall and about 10 pounds?

    • Ali Garland
      September 24, 2019 @ 10:48 am

      Hi James! That’s not something I’m familiar with, so I can’t give you a definite answer, but I don’t really see a reason why it wouldn’t be allowed as long as it fits within the size and weight restrictions for your airline. It doesn’t sound like something sharp or like something that could be used as a weapon. There’s always a possibility it will look weird on the xray and TSA will want to pull it out for closer inspection. If you’re worried, you may want to ask TSA directly through their Facebook or Twitter.

  3. Ray
    September 9, 2019 @ 9:41 am

    Today we flew with a fully inflated basketball. We asked the flight attendant if that was a problem (we had read here that it was) and she said “not at all”

    • Ali Garland
      September 9, 2019 @ 11:27 am

      Good to know, Ray! I’ve often read that they should be deflated, but I’ve also seen that it could be an airline-specific rule.

  4. Archie Livingstone
    May 12, 2019 @ 10:01 am

    Can boxing or MMA gloves be brought on

    • Ali Garland
      May 14, 2019 @ 10:09 am

      Hi Archie! Yes, boxing gloves are fine to bring in your carry on bag.

  5. Michelle
    April 21, 2019 @ 5:07 pm

    Can I take a fly fishing reel with line and a small box of flies with my rod on carry on luggage?

  6. FP
    March 22, 2019 @ 5:54 pm

    can i take a baseball glove on an airplane?

    • Ali Garland
      March 25, 2019 @ 11:30 am

      Yes, a baseball glove is fine to pack in your carry-on or checked bag.

  7. Tina
    December 24, 2018 @ 11:59 am

    Can I take tennis balls or dog toys in my carry-on or checked baggage?

    • Ali Garland
      December 24, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

      Hi Tina, yes, you can pack tennis balls and dog toys in either carry-on or checked luggage.

  8. Maggi Dickson
    October 9, 2018 @ 12:25 pm

    Can I take bowling (lawn) in checked or cabin bags?

    • Ali Garland
      October 17, 2018 @ 3:19 pm

      Hi Maggi! I can’t find lawn bowling on the TSA site, but it does say that normal bowling balls are allowed in carry-on or checked luggage. Bowling pins are not allowed in carry-on, but they are allowed in checked luggage. I’m not that familiar with lawn bowling, but I think the balls are smaller than regular bowling balls, so you should be fine. My biggest concern would be the weight since many airlines have a weight restriction on carry-on and checked luggage. You can find info on your airline on my carry-on size chart.

  9. Hannah R
    August 1, 2018 @ 9:08 am

    Hi all can we leave a pumped up ball in our checked in luggage

    • Ali Garland
      August 1, 2018 @ 10:50 am

      Hi Hannah! I think it would be best to deflate it, and the airline might even require it to be deflated. Because of the pressure changes, the ball could burst.

  10. Ryan
    July 6, 2018 @ 12:00 am

    Is it allowed to bring a hand pump and a football needle through airport security?
    Can i just put it in the check in bag?

    • Ali Garland
      July 6, 2018 @ 3:19 pm

      Hi Ryan! When I look up “pump” on the TSA website, the closes I find is a bicycle pump, and they say you can pack that in your carry-on or checked luggage. As for the football needle, I’m not sure. It seems like that would be small enough to not be a problem in carry-on luggage, but you never know when the TSA agent will decide even something small could be used as a weapon. I think you’d be better off packing it in your checked bag.

  11. Richard
    January 13, 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    Can I carry on a collapsable fishing rod and reel in my carry on bag? It is approx. 18 inches long. No hooks or lures.

    • Ali Garland
      January 14, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

      Hi Richard! According to the TSA website here, fishing rods are fine to take in your carry on bag, as long as it fits within the size restrictions of the airline, which it sounds like yours does at 18 inches. Make sure it’s packed securely in your bag so it doesn’t get damaged in the overhead compartment.