Can you carry on tennis racket on airplane?

tennis_tater

Semi-Pro
Does anyone know what the current rule is for carrying on a racket on an airplane? Looks like the tennis racket used to be an exception for sporting goods on the prohibited list for the TSA that was in effect in 2012, but that list is no longer posted on the TSA website and tennis racket is no longer listed as either a permitted or prohibited item for carry on.

I really would prefer not to check my rackets and would like to carry them on. However, I don't want to get the airport and find out then that I have to check them.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
Does anyone know what the current rule is for carrying on a racket on an airplane? Looks like the tennis racket used to be an exception for sporting goods on the prohibited list for the TSA that was in effect in 2012, but that list is no longer posted on the TSA website and tennis racket is no longer listed as either a permitted or prohibited item for carry on.

I really would prefer not to check my rackets and would like to carry them on. However, I don't want to get the airport and find out then that I have to check them.
I've travelled on perhaps ten different airlines in North America and Europe, have always brought tennis racquets as carry on and have never had a problem.
 

vandre

Hall of Fame
the last time we carried our racquets on a plane was a couple of years ago on a domestic flight and the only beef we caught was from an ignorant fellow passenger who tried to convince my wife a tennis racquet was a deadly weapon. tsa had no problems with them whatsoever.
 

mikeler

Moderator
I've packed a racket in my baggage a few times including twice on overseas flights with no issues.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Are there still restrictions carrying water, shampoo, toothpaste etc. on carryon?

(International flights leaving the U.S.)
 
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Deleted member 391266

Guest
Do the large tennis bags actually fit in the overhead compartments? I haven't flown in a few years, but my memory is telling me a tennis bag wouldn't be able to fit up there.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
Do the large tennis bags actually fit in the overhead compartments? I haven't flown in a few years, but my memory is telling me a tennis bag wouldn't be able to fit up there.
And to add to @SportsCamp's good info - you may have to use the bins over the window seats - on some widebodies airplane types the bins over the inner section are smaller. And that might cause some butthurt with passengers who think they own the bins directly above their heads.

In either event, getting on early is key to get a bin before they're packed.

The only place I had an issue with a racket was on an intra-China flight; but after a few minutes they relented too.
 

CrownR

New User
I am from New Jersey and I took a plane to Seattle.
I have my tennis backpack that fits 2 tennis rackets.
I took it with me on the plane and I didn't hear any complaints. The stewardess actually said her kids play tennis.
 
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Golden

Guest
I'm taking first class on AA, and I don't know if I'll be able to. Any help guys? I have an old 6 pack bag.
 

Rjtennis

Hall of Fame
So you guys bring your racket bag on the plane? I've never done that, but ill try it soon. Some countries will not allow you to bring rackets on the plane but the US will.
 

mikeler

Moderator
My last tennis trip, I carried my 3 frames on the plane with me in my backpack. I checked my tennis bag in with my luggage.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I'm taking first class on AA, and I don't know if I'll be able to. Any help guys? I have an old 6 pack bag.

this year, I will hit 160,000 miles on AA. My rackets and 9-pack will log over 100k.
Long story short, there are (should be) no issues taking them with you.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
My last tennis trip, I carried my 3 frames on the plane with me in my backpack. I checked my tennis bag in with my luggage.
That's what I do. Have 'cutting implements' in the tennis bag that would be frowned upon by the TSA. Extra pack of strings would probably be considered a garrote. :)

I thought you didn't worry about strings breaking in the very cold cargo holds? Worried about theft?
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
That's what I do. Have 'cutting implements' in the tennis bag that would be frowned upon by the TSA. Extra pack of strings would probably be considered a garrote. :)

I thought you didn't worry about strings breaking in the very cold cargo holds? Worried about theft?

Nope, I always have a reel or a few extra sets with me...
 

10smonkey

Rookie
The only trouble I have ever had was returning to the states from Mexico. Had to put my racquets in my checked bag.
 

Hoobs

New User
This is not any issue. You can carry your tennis racket in any air travel with any plane travel company.
 

vascoboy

Rookie
most don't have problems, but domestic flights seem to be more problematic than international flights...remember the folks at TSA confiscate nail clippers...
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
most don't have problems, but domestic flights seem to be more problematic than international flights...remember the folks at TSA confiscate nail clippers...

What does this have to to with the rackets and strings??
Nail clippers belong in a different bag...
 

Moz

Hall of Fame
I've found that the budget airlines in the UK have started not letting you bring rackets on carry on simply because of the size.
 

mikeler

Moderator
That's what I do. Have 'cutting implements' in the tennis bag that would be frowned upon by the TSA. Extra pack of strings would probably be considered a garrote. :)

I thought you didn't worry about strings breaking in the very cold cargo holds? Worried about theft?

If I'm only carrying 1 racket, I'll put it in with the luggage surround by clothes for padding. When I went to Nationals, I wanted all the weapons in my bag.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
If I'm only carrying 1 racket, I'll put it in with the luggage surround by clothes for padding. When I went to Nationals, I wanted all the weapons in my bag.
Cheers from Taipei.
I am not sure why you complicate things...
I've had my 9-pack Solinco bag with 4 rackets, cans of balls and 3 string packs in my bag and absolutely no issues...
 

Overdrive

Legend
Cheers from Taipei.
I am not sure why you complicate things...
I've had my 9-pack Solinco bag with 4 rackets, cans of balls and 3 string packs in my bag and absolutely no issues...

You should know that he's just hanking your chain.. :p
 

mikeler

Moderator
Cheers from Taipei.
I am not sure why you complicate things...
I've had my 9-pack Solinco bag with 4 rackets, cans of balls and 3 string packs in my bag and absolutely no issues...

The 3 string packs kept everything safe.
 
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