Can You Take Headphones On a Plane? TSA Rules 2024

Whether you’re traveling for business or just for a fun vacation, headphones are necessary gadgets.

The good news is that bringing and using headphones on a plane is actually pretty simple and easy.

According to the TSA and FAA, you can bring wired or wireless Bluetooth over the ear headphones, in both carry-on and checked bags. However; the FAA recommend that you always pack your headphones in a carry-on bag if they have lithium-ion batteries inside them.

In this post I will guide you through the TSA and FAA regulations and provide practical tips for taking your headphones on your next flight.

Let’s dive right in.

Wireless headphones

Can You Bring Your Personal Headphones On a Plane And Do You Have To Take them Out At Airport Security?

You can bring any type of headphones you have through the TSA or other airport security checkpoints.

When going through the security checkpoint, you will need to remove your headphones and place them in a separated bin along with other electronics larger than a cell phone, to under go additional screening.

In some cases the security guys may even perform a manual inspection.

Tip: Always keep an eye on your headphone and any other electronics to avoid them getting lost or stollen.

Here is a screenshot from the TSA website and an answer from the TSA team on X (formerly Twitter).

Can You Use Wireless Bluetooth Headphones on Planes?

For wireless headphones that connect to your device via Bluetooth, it’s important to have a look at your airline’s electronics policy before departure.

But generally most airlines do not allow the use of Bluetooth headphones during take off and landing.

If you are traveling within the US then these rules are applied to all the US airlines including, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue etc….

I also searched some international Airlines.

Air Canada agent told Josh that he can bring his Bluetooth headphones but they must be switched off during the flight.

While Aegean Airlines responded to @Johnstefanis that he can use his headphones after the airline takes off and the seat belt sign is off.

You are flying with a specific airline you can ask them on X (formerly Twitter), Just Type “@” followed by The airline name to direct the question to them, they will respond to you as quickly as possible before you head to the airport.

Taking Headphones In Checked Luggage

You can bring both wired and bluetooth headphones in checked luggage without any issues.

Just ensure that they are protected by using a protective case to avoid damage during transit.

@Swiss Sport Haus asked if Bluetooth headphones are allowed on planes, and the airline replied that Bluetooth headphones are good to go in checked baggage if the batteries are removable.

Do Not Forget Your Headphones In Your Checked Bag

If you want to listen to music, enjoy your favorite movie, make sure that you don’t place your headphones in your checked bag.

Before heading to the airport, take a few minutes and check if you place all your essential items in your carry-on bag or personal item.

Do Not Forget Your Headphone When You Disembark The Airplane

It is easy to forget your headphones or electronics when you are in a rush, and there is nothing like that feeling.

But with just a little of focus it won’t happen to you again.

If you notice that you forget your headphones after you have disembark the airplane, make sure that you go to the arrival gate quickly; there is more of a chance that the flight attendant will help looking at you easily if you provide your seat number.

Final Thoughts On Flying With Headphones

Headphones are super important, when you go on a trip, especially if it’s a really long plane ride.

But it’s a good idea to not use Bluetooth headphones when the plane is taking off or landing.

Bluetooth signal may interfere with the plane’s systems of communication and other technical stuff, as well as distracting passengers in a potentially dangerous situation.

Some airlines may not allow traveling with noise canceling headphones, however they don’t have Bluetooth, but the regulations differ from airline to another depending on the aircraft.

Please make sure to contact the airline you’re traveling with or tweet your question as described above.

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I hope this helps

Happy travels