November 25, 2021
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 travel.
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.
Flashlights are one of the most useful accessories to have on hand for
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.
Some might ask why you would want to take a flashlight on a plane with you and why this is a common question.
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.
According to the TSA website, you can bring a flashlight with you in a carry-on and in checked luggage. What the website fails to mention is which type of flashlight will be confiscated if screened and checked with security. The TSA has the right to confiscate anything they deem as unsafe to passengers.
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.
Consider STKR Concepts’ range of rechargeable flashlight batteries for your flashlight carry-on spare battery options.
The Transportation Security Administration shares tips on how to pack
batteries in your carry-on:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our last suggestion is for those travelers wanting to take a small carry-on-sized lantern. Now your first thought when you heard there are strict guidelines about what size the flashlight had to be may not have been, ‘how about a lantern?’, but this little guy has a small footprint with some big features.
This lantern is very easy to take apart with its twist-lock system making it very easy to change the batteries or to show your local TSA agent all its inner workings and that there is nowhere to hide anything in it. Transparency is the name of the game at the airport and this light has it.
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.
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