Does TSA allow pickleball paddles on a plane as carry-on or in checked luggage?
For the longest time, pickleball paddles weren’t listed in the TSA’s Sporting and Camping category of allowable items in carry-on and/or checked bags, but….
We pickleballers finally made the list!
Listed after parachutes and before pool cues on page 4 of what sporting equipment you can bring.
As with everything else, there are exceptions depending upon the specific airlines and that the final decision is up to the TSA officer:
I’ve taken my pickleball paddle on a plane for several trips with United, Frontier, Delta, and Spirit and never had any problem.
If it meets size and weight restrictions, which all pickleball paddles should because I don’t know of any paddles longer then tennis rackets which are allowed, and the heaviest paddles are not much more than a pound, then there shouldn’t be a problem.
But of course you may hear the occasional disgruntled pickleball passenger who tells us on social media that they weren’t allowed to take their paddle on the plane because an officer said it triggered an alarm or for some other reason, but that is rare. Don’t inject titanium into your honeycomb core. 😉
Ask TSA About Taking Your Pickleball Paddle On A Plane
If you want to ask the TSA any other questions for additional clarification about taking your pickleball paddle on a plane, they invite you to ask here:
- Twitter: @AskTSA
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Yes, you can take a pickleball paddle on a plane, but whether you can carry it in your carry-on or checked baggage depends on the airline and the TSA officer’s discretion.
According to the TSA’s rules for carrying on sports equipment, pickleball paddles must be less than 50 inches in length and less than 18 ounces in weight.
If your paddle meets these size and weight restrictions, you can pack it in your carry-on bag or checked bag.
It’s always a good idea to check with your airline before you travel to make sure you understand their specific rules and regulations for carrying sports equipment on a plane.
- Carry On Bags: Yes
- Checked Bags: Yes
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