Can I Take a Flashlight on a Plane? TSA Rules and Regulations
November 25, 20214 min read
Having your items confiscated at the airport can be a frustrating situation.
Especially if security takes something of value to you, like a decent flashlight. It’s important to check
security regulations on what you can and can’t bring in your checked bag and/or carry on before you
A flashlight that is less than 7 inches in length and is not classified as a tactical weapon can be brought on a
plane through carry-on. You can bring any flashlight through checked luggage but you must carry lithium
batteries with you in your carry-on bag.
numerous occasions. Don’t leave yourself unprepared by having your flashlight
confiscated before you even get on your flight.
You can pack any sized flashlight in your checked luggage, but unfortunately, this is
not the case with carry-on. Continue reading below to find out how and which flashlights are deemed okay to take
with you on a plane.
Why Carry a Flashlight on a Plane?
Some might ask why you would want to take a flashlight on a plane with you and why
this is a common question.
There’s no huge mystery to it, flashlights are handy in multiple scenarios
Going camping, hiking, hunting, and other outdoor
You collect flashlights.
You like to be prepared.
Your job requires the use of flashlights.
You’re afraid of the dark (and that’s okay!).
If you’re heading off on a camping trip for the weekend and only want to take
carry-on luggage, you’ll want to do your homework first to guarantee you’re carrying a flashlight that isn’t
going to be seized from you by TSA.
Don’t risk being left in the dark or having to afford a new flashlight at your own
expense because security doesn’t want to hear about your camping trip. It’s the TSA’s job to keep you and other
passengers safe. The Flashlight you bring on the flight mustn’t be seen as a risk to other people.
What are the Rules on Taking a Flashlight on a Plane?
Lithium batteries have been known to cause fires if the battery is damaged or if the
battery terminal is short-circuited. If lithium batteries are taken as carry-on and there are any fire issues,
they can be dealt with immediately by flight staff.
Some lithium batteries are completely prohibited from carry-on as well as checked
luggage for the safety of all passengers and flight crew.
Here’s a list of batteries, from the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that are considered okay to
bring on a plane.
Going by the rules and sticking to something that you won’t have taken away from you,
if carry-on is your preferred option, you’ll want something pocket-sized.
Don’t carry your pocket-sized flashlight in your pocket though, it needs to be safely
tucked away in your carry-on bag. If you still have the original box for it, it might be a good idea to pack it
away in that for good measure.
Don’t get caught in the time-consuming process of security having to check through
your items because you’ve given them a reason to.
Here’s a list of smaller flashlights that are safe and able to be carried onto a
A good example of what type of flashlight you shouldn’t have any issues with taking
as carry-on luggage on your flight is the Flexit Pocket
Light. Its lightweight and rechargeable design is cabin safe and
will barely reach securities radar when checking in.
Two options to choose from: 4.0 and 6.5
3 modes: Spotlight, floodlight (white light), and red
Mode memory (remembers the last mode used when
switched off and will return to that same mode when switched back on)
6.3 inches in length – appropriate for flight carry-on
We have 6 Dual LED Tactical Flashlights at STKR Concepts. From 200 lumens to 1000
lumens, our cost-effective flashlights are the ideal smaller flashlight design for tactical purposes.
Spotlight, floodlight, SOS, and Strobe modes.
Easy to use button.
Pocket-sized design at 5.1 inches in length.
This is in the smaller range of our flashlights and may or may not
be okay for carry-on on your flight. Although small enough to meet the requirements of the
TSA, It has a sharp tactical LED head for self defense which may be refused by TSA. the security team gets to
decide on their terms whether or not your flashlight is considered safe for travel.
If packed away properly you may be able to take this flashlight with you on-board,
but to be sure we’d suggest packing it in your checked luggage.
Some flashlights are considered weapons and/or dangerous and will be treated as such
by the authorities. If your flashlight looks anything like a weapon you will have no chance at keeping it. Plan
ahead and ensure you have packed your flashlight and batteries properly, either in carry-on or checked baggage,
to avoid time-consuming security checks and confiscations.
Anything can happen at any moment in time. Being prepared can make a major difference in how safe you remain during an emergency. It’s recommended that everyone has an emergency kit ready so that they are prepared anytime that the unthinkable happens.