Can You Bring Toy Guns On A Plane? 2024

Kids mostly boys like to play with toy guns and nerf guns.

And whether you are traveling with your lovely child, or wanted to bring a toy gun as a gif from your destination, there are some rules that you need to know when taking toy guns on planes, especially the TSA rules.

Here is a quick answer: Generally toy guns and any other items with a weapon shape are permitted only in passengers checked bags, firearm toys that replicated real weapons (like grenades) are not allowed in both carry and checked baggage.

Keep reading to know more about traveling with toy guns in both carry on and checked baggage.

Let’s dive right in. 

Soft Bullet Toy Pistol / Courtesy of Amazon

Can I Take a Toy Gun Through Airport Security?

According to the TSA you can bring toy guns and weapons through the security checkpoint but with special instructions.

Here is what the TSA stated on its website.

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The TSA rules about traveling with toy guns in carry on baggage

Even though The TSA stated above that toy guns are generally allowed, they recommend placing them in checked baggage.

The security officer at the airport will not allow any toys with weapon shape on board the Airplane.

So confusing right !

Here is what The TSA means: toy guns like small kid toys will be allowed through the security checkpoint, but other items that replicate real weapons will not be permitted.

Toy guns that have similar shape like a real weapon can be used to hijack an airplane.

This is why it is better to place any of these items in a checked bag, because how would you know if The TSA agent will let the item pass?

I checked Twitter for more clarification.

Turns out that any type of toy gun needs to be sent to checked baggage.

John wanted to bring a plastic toy nerf gun, in its original packaging.

They replied that toy guns, or other items that resemble realistic firearms or weapons are not allowed in carry on baggage.

Bring toy guns in carry on baggage

Even Bug-a-salt toys are not allowed in carry-on baggage.

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Are Toy Guns Allowed In Checked Baggage?

Toy guns are better to be transported in a checked bag to avoid any headache at the airport.

But there is one thing to remember: some other types of toy weapons are not permitted either in checked baggage, for instance a toy grenade or a type of explosive toy, it will be taken out from your checked baggage.

Here is an answer from the AskTSA stated that replica explosives aren’t allowed in carry-on or checked bags.


So only regular toy guns are allowed in checked baggage.

Like these toy guns Shannon wanted to bring in his checked bag.

bring toy guns in checked baggage

Final Thoughts

Despite the fact that the TSA claimed on its website that toy guns are permitted through the security checkpoint.

The TSA customer service and most airport securities recommends placing all types of toy guns in checked baggage.

Both toys and realistic replicas of explosives are not permitted in both carry-on and checked baggage.

That means, if you head to the airport with your kid toy gun may have some issues with the security checkpoint.

Even though I wouldn’t recommend to do that, because they won’t let the chance for any possible safety surprises even with a simple item like a toy.

We hope this helps 

Happy travels.

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