Taking things on a plane can mostly be a simple process, but it can be complicated if you’re taking things onto a plane that aren’t your usual luggage, like clothes.
Skateboarding is very popular, and you’d think that you could just take them on a flight right? They’re harmless, aren’t they?
Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. So, we’ll answer all your biggest questions about bringing skateboards on a plane and what you may need to do.
The Basics On Flying With Skateboards
We must cover a few things before diving into more detail later in this guide.
First, we need to recognize that many airlines are different and may have their own rules and regulations when it comes to what is allowed on their flights.
As a result, it’s always best to double-check with your specific airline before you plan to take skateboards onto the plane.
Next, it’s important to note that many different kinds of skateboards exist. Some are very long, some are short and compact, whilst others are electric.
Each of these can potentially have different rules, and, once again, the airline will be the final say.
Electric skateboard rules for flights are probably the easiest to cover, to begin with.
The current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations state that electric skateboards can go on a plane if the battery is less than 100Wh.
They also state that batteries over this and up to 160Wh will need airline permission to be allowed on a flight. Anything over 160Wh is absolutely prohibited for a normal passenger flight.
If you need to transport your electric skateboard from A to B, you still can, but you must go through the correct channels.
This means the battery must be transported using a specialist freighter company and labeled as a hazardous material.
The reason for this is due to the battery. Batteries are hazardous on a flight as they have the potential to catch fire.
Airlines typically allow electronic goods such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets on board because the batteries involved comply with the airline and FAA guidance.
Avoid the urge to remove the battery of your electric skateboard and put it elsewhere because you could face a large fine or other action.
If your child’s electric skateboard’s battery is under 100Wh, you should be allowed to take it onto a plane.
Between 101Wh and 160Wh you must speak with the airline; anything over this is strictly prohibited.
For peace of mind, always contact the airline (or airlines if you are catching a connecting flight) before you are due to leave.
You may also be interested to learn the rules about taking electric scooters on planes.
What About Non-Electric Skateboards?
Well, the good news is that generally, skateboards are allowed on planes, but they need to be checked in as baggage.
However, as each airline is different, you may see different rules and guidance in place.
For example, a skateboard with a length of 32” and under can sometimes be allowed under the seat with the wheels facing upwards.
Southwest airlines, for example, allow this and they even allow you to place a skateboard in the overhead bin, if the wheels are covered by a trash bag.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are typically fine with skateboards on planes, but they state that the final say will rest with the officer on duty at the time.
Airlines have their own specific rules and regulations when it comes to bringing skateboards on board.
The majority of airlines will allow you to bring a skateboard on board using checked baggage.
However, some airlines will allow you to bring a skateboard on through carry-on luggage. The rules for the length and how to store them may differ, though.
The best thing to do is check with their airline(s) for their skateboard rules.
How To Pack Skateboards For Flights
The best way to check in your child’s skateboard onto a flight is to disassemble it and put it into a skateboard bag. All you’ll have to do is remove the trucks, and you’re golden!
You can find numerous different types, colors, sizes etc. for skateboard bags, so you should find one to your liking online or in stores.
If you do not have a skateboard bag, try to find a duffel bag that is large enough to accommodate your disassembled skateboard.
Ensure that you make the airline staff aware at check-in what is in the bag.
It is a good idea to put the components into a separate, smaller bag and place that inside your larger skateboard bag.
It’s always advised to disassemble the skateboard for your child and pack the bag yourself.
You may need to explain this to airline staff, but you’re better off claiming the skateboard is yours to avoid further security questions!
Depending on which airline you are flying, you may not necessarily need to pack a skateboard.
However, if you do need to check in the skateboard as baggage, you should disassemble the skateboard and place it into an appropriate bag.
Can I Bring A Longboard Onto A Plane?
The same rules apply for skateboards and longboards, but if your child’s longboard is especially large, you may be asked to pay an additional fee.
Be sure to check with the airline before you travel to avoid extra charges.
We explain here the difference between cruisers and longboards.
Can I Bring A Scooter Onto A Plane?
Similar rules apply here too. Electric scooters are almost always prohibited due to the battery size, but you need to check with your specific airline and check the specifications of the scooter.
Kickscooter rules are similar to skateboard rules in that some fold and can be taken on as carry-on luggage (like these scooter suitcases). Otherwise, they must be checked in.
The Bottom Line
Before you travel, ensure you speak with your airline about specific rules and regulations. However, the majority of airlines allow standard skateboards on planes as checked-in luggage.
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