Thursday, June 12, 2014

TSA Travel Tips - Traveling with Sporting 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.
 


 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 in carry-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. 

See you next week with more travel tips! 

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team 

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15 comments:

Susan Richart said...

Of course, anything on the permitted list may be denied on a whim by a screener at any time, just like nitroglycerin pills.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

RB said...

Since the discussion of medical nitroglycerin medicines was never resolved we can continue that discussion here.

Can a person prescribed medical nitroglycerin travel with their medicine unmolested by TSA screeners?

Simple question TSA.

Anonymous said...

Funny how many items "allowed" by the TSA could be used as a deadly weapon. What about SAFETY??!!! What about FEAR??!!!

I thought we're supposed to think the TSA was keeping us safe? Isn't that what we're supposed to think?

Apparently, terrorists don't ever use rounds things as weapons (hmmm, grenades are kind of round). Terrorists think like 8 year old boys, just like TSA policy makers, and see only long slender items as dangerous and useful.

Grow up, TSA.

Susan Richart said...

The PreCheck debacle:

"Would you buy that service if the firm only operates at one in four places where you need it -- and then won't guarantee it's available even at the places where it does operate?...

...now groans under the weight of the TSA's don't-question-us arrogance and its flailing efforts to peddle membership for $85."

http://tinyurl.com/qaqxfv6

Tell us, Bob, how many suckers have signed up for PreCheck?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement


Anonymous said...

To: Susan Richart

It is very easy. If you don't like pre check or think that it is flawed then go through regular screening. It is as simple as that.

Marsha x3 said...

Why did you post a pixelated screenshot, rather than just building a table? It's easy if you understand the most basic HTML.

Think that will keep people from taking screenshots or copying the info?

C'mon, blotter team. You can do better than that.

JamesRay said...

Since I retired last year,I occasionally get online and read the tsa blogs. It would really be nice to see something like " THANKS TSA FOR THE EFFORT YOU HAVE PUT FORTH SINCE 911, TO PROTECT THE FLYING PUBLIC FROM THE TERRORIST, WHO WILL KILL THEIR OWN PEOPLE, OLD AND YOUNG ALIKE, TO KILL US. THANK YOU!" But NOOOO. its gripe about inconvience. TSA makes me do this and I can't do that. They will holler " I have freedom of speech, I can say what I want to". The problem is, when some use their freedom of speech to tell the public how to get around security or reveal how security is accomplished to detect the bad guy or keep the flying public from being at risk, then they go tt far. Look, there are ways to do things and there are ways to do things. You have a legitimate concern, take it to the proper place at TSA, not put it on a blog and make it sound like TSA is a bunch of people who don't care and make derogatory statements. I gotta quite for now. But ..I'M JUST SAYING.

RB said...

JamesRay said...
Since I retired last year,I occasionally get online and read the tsa blogs. It would really be nice to see something like " THANKS TSA FOR THE EFFORT YOU HAVE PUT FORTH SINCE 911, TO PROTECT THE FLYING PUBLIC FROM THE TERRORIST, WHO WILL KILL THEIR OWN PEOPLE, OLD AND YOUNG ALIKE, TO KILL US. THANK YOU!" But NOOOO. its gripe about inconvience. TSA makes me do this and I can't do that. They will holler " I have freedom of speech, I can say what I want to". The problem is, when some use their freedom of speech to tell the public how to get around security or reveal how security is accomplished to detect the bad guy or keep the flying public from being at risk, then they go tt far. Look, there are ways to do things and there are ways to do things. You have a legitimate concern, take it to the proper place at TSA, not put it on a blog and make it sound like TSA is a bunch of people who don't care and make derogatory statements. I gotta quite for now. But ..I'M JUST SAYING.

June 16, 2014 at 3:33 PM

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I don't know which blog you are reading but it is clearly not the TSA Blog. Nothing gets posted here that isn't approved by TSA so there is no way anyone can be compromising security, well no one but TSA since TSA continues to not screen airport workers 100% of the time. That's right travelers are treated like criminals by TSA but TSA does little to nothing to secure the employee entrances at airports. They can and do bring in anything the like.

I'm not going to thank TSA for doing what they do. TSA screening policies don't make us safer.

Take for example reports of TSA screeners confiscating lifesaving medicines. TSA has been asked repeatedly if that is TSA policy or perhaps a particular screener going outside the SOP. TSA refuses to respond to that question in any meaningful way.

Or how about TSA screeners feeling up little children in the name of safety? Does that really add any significant aspect to safety?

Or TSA dumping urine on a man who had a medical device?

Or TSA confiscating food, nutritional liquids and other such items from people with medical needs?

And I think the biggest feather that TSA has stuck in its collective had was confiscating a toy plastic hammer from a mentally challenge individual.

The above are just a few of the thousands of things TSA has inflicted on the traveling public.

NO, TSA deserves no thanks from anyone.

Anonymous said...

This doesn't have anything to do with this particular post, but I can't find a good answer, so...Can I pack my ukulele in my backpack? I'm flying delta and they say I'm allowed a carry on and an additional bag. I don't want to pack it and then have an issue. This is my first time flying since I was six so I'm a little overwhelmed with all the dos and don'ts XD
Thanks!
MaryCatherine

GSOLTSO said...

MaryCatherine sez - "This doesn't have anything to do with this particular post, but I can't find a good answer, so...Can I pack my ukulele in my backpack?"

Your Ukelele may be carried in your pack through the checkpoint or in your checked baggage with no troubles other than how to pack it without damaging it!

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
MaryCatherine sez - "This doesn't have anything to do with this particular post, but I can't find a good answer, so...Can I pack my ukulele in my backpack?"

Your Ukelele may be carried in your pack through the checkpoint or in your checked baggage with no troubles other than how to pack it without damaging it!

West
TSA Blog Team

June 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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I know it isn't as important as a Ukulele but can I pack my lifesaving medical nitroglycerin medicine in my carry on or checked bag and expect to not have it confiscated by TSA?

Anonymous said...

I continue to state that hiking poles are allowed as assistive devices for those people who need them to walk. You need to be clear about this. Some of us need them to safely board and deboard aircraft. They fit in overhead compartments and are not any danger to anyone else on board, and do NOT fit in checked baggage. As they are very lightweight aluminum I don't trust that they wouldn't be bent or crushed by baggage handlers. Wake up TSA!

Kurt in Flames said...

Hey JamesRay, why would anyone thank screeners for harassing and abusing innocent people, wasting billions of tax dollars, and seizing and breaking billions of dollars in legal private property?

Anonymous said...

"...You have a legitimate concern, take it to the proper place at TSA..."

Is a TSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proper enough for you? There are more than 5,000 public comments on the NPRM, most of which express concerns about TSA and TSA's use of whole body scanners. Go read the NPRM and the comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=TSA-2013-0004. The Fourth Amendment is good reading, too.

L.I. Hiker said...

About hiking poles: I'm a hiker, and always pack my hiking poles in checked luggage. They are not permitted in carry-ons, and I don't want them confiscated when I may not be able to replace them at my destination. My sister, neighbors and friends who use hiking poles (with rubber tips) or walking sticks to help them walk, simply carry a note from their doctors. The hiking poles or walking sticks are treated as canes. I've never heard them complain, except for once, when a pole jammed in the extended position; and TSA still allowed the person to carry it aboard.