You can pack golf balls in either carry-on and checked baggage.
This post will help you know all that you need about traveling with golf balls in both domestic and international flights, so you can take them through the security checkpoint without any issues.
If you want to bring your golf kit bag including golf clubs they are only allowed in checked baggage as they can be as a bludgeon.
Let’s dive right in.
Take Golf Balls Through The Security Checkpoint
In the United States the TSA allowed you to bring golf balls in hand and checked baggage without any restrictions.
The TSA does not set any limits on the number of golf balls you can bring in carry-on luggage and through the security checkpoint.
Here is a screenshot from their website.
I checked Twitter to find more information.
Robert asked the TSA if he can take golf balls on his carry on.
The AskTSA customer service answer is simple: “Golf balls are allowed in carry-on bags.”
Even fake golf balls are permitted, but if they contain liquids they need to to follow the TSA 3-1-1 rules, no more than 3.4 oz and must be placed in a quart sized Ziploc bag.
You cannot pack large fake golf balls in carry-on unless you empty them.
But please note that even though an item is generally allowed with the TSA website, the security officer at the airport has the authority to not allow an item due to an alarm or other security concerns.
Take Golf Balls In Checked Baggage
You can also take golf balls in checked baggage.
If you’re planning to fly with your golf gear, you will need to pay extra for them. Most airlines charge $25 per bag, so you’ll need at least two bags. However, some airlines allow you to carry one bag free of charge.
Concerning the limits, most airlines have limited only the number of golf bags in one.
For instance here is what AA (American airlines) stated about packing golf balls in checked baggage.
They do not mention the number of balls passengers need to take.
But in fact if you are traveling with expensive golf balls, for instance Dixon Fire Golf Balls, it is better to keep them in your carry-on bag.
Checked baggage is more prone to be lost or even stolen.
And the TSA always declares if they search an item they will place a receipt informing that he actually did open the bag.
Take Golf Balls On International Flights
There are no differences whether you are traveling cosmetically or internationally.
Most airlines did not specify golf balls on its luggage rules, but they cover sport equipment in general.
Even though there are no restrictions on the number of the golf balls you can bring, you will need to consider your airline weight and size.
If you want to bring a large amount (not for personal use) that may raise the eyebrow at the security checkpoint, you will need to declare them at the airport and provide the reason why you are traveling with this large number of golf balls.
It is better to check with the airline before you travel, to make sure that don’ have any hidden rules.
Golf balls are permitted to be placed in both hand luggage or checked luggage.
You can pack your golf balls where you like, however; expensive golf balls are better to be placed in carry in baggage.
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