Can You Bring Glass On A Plane? (TSA Rules)

Most glass goods are permitted on board a plane, however they may be disallowed at the security checkpoint.

This page discusses flying with glasses, as well as how and where to pack it for your journey.

TSA Glass Requirements

The Transportation Security Administration is in charge of inspecting luggage and determining what may and cannot be brought on aircraft.

Here’s a screen image from their website on flying with glass:

They also have a list of glass vase rules:

And here’s another one regarding glass photo frames:

All of the rules listed point to one thing…

Glass can be transported on an aircraft in both carry-on and checked luggage.

If you want to bring a glass bottle, the TSA’s liquids regulations will, of course, apply.

Luggage for Travel

Glass can be brought on an aircraft in your carry-on as long as it is not sharp or too heavy.

You cannot bring a glass knife or anything else that might be hazardous.

And you are not permitted to bring any really heavy glass objects that may cause a concussion if you begin whacking people on the head with them.

What is allowed in your hand baggage is determined by how much mayhem the item could cause.

Baggage Checked

Good luck if you’re taking glass on an aircraft in checked baggage!

What else can I say… It’s a daring step, and I applaud you for doing it.

Baggage handlers frequently throw checked bags about. Make certain that your glass item is carefully wrapped and packaged.

Other than common sense, there is nothing to prevent you from putting glass things in checked luggage.

Okay, I’m being sarcastic. I understand that occasionally you need to bring glass in checked luggage, such as when travelling with wine bottles.

However, if there are no liquids involved, I would always bring glass in hand baggage where I can take care of it and ensure nothing breaks.

The Tweet’s Reaction

When researching a blog piece, I frequently use Twitter as a source of information.

Here are some of the tweets I discovered regarding bringing glass on aircraft.

Glass is normally accepted in carry-on luggage, however it may be prohibited at times. The final decision is always made by the TSA officer at the security checkpoint.

Dave discovered that if a glass object had sharp edges, it was not authorised.

Being made of glass does not immediately make anything permissible.

Consider the following glass paperweights:

If a glass object is regarded to be too heavy to be used as a bludgeon, it is not permitted in hand baggage.

So, for example, you can’t use a glass baseball bat.

Everyone is aware of the TSA liquids rule, which states that liquids in carry-on must be in bottles or containers weighing less than 3.4 oz.

Selena inquired as to whether her beverage could be in a glass bottle, and the TSA told her that it could:

Becky planned to bring an empty glass bottle in her carry-on luggage:

The TSA granted her the go-ahead. Small glass bottles with liquid inside might be placed in the quart bag. Large glass bottles, as long as they are empty, are acceptable in carry-on luggage.

Katherine intended to bring wine glasses in her carry-on:

And realised that glassware could be transported in carry-on luggage.

Carol was allowed to bring her glass bowl and sculpture.

Nicole carried a glass jar containing a solid candle:

This passenger desired to travel with glass ornaments:

And the TSA said everything was all OK.

Kimi was planning on bringing a glass nail file:

And the TSA said everything was fine.

The Decision

Taling glass is often permitted on flights.

If you have something sharp or heavy, you should check with the TSA before bringing it to the airport.

Expect to have to stow those goods in checked baggage.


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