Can You Bring Tobacco On a Plane? 2024

We have already covered everything you need to know about traveling with e-cigarettes and CBD oil, but what about other tobacco products ? And can you bring chewing tobacco on a plane?

You’re going to find everything in this post.

The TSA and most airlines do permit taking tobacco on planes in both carry-on and checked baggage, however, most airlines do prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products ( chewing or dipping ) on board the airplanes.

Read on to know more about traveling with tobacco products through the security checkpoint and checked baggage.

Let’s jump in.

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The Security Checkpoint ( TSA And Tobacco )

Can I Pass Tobacco Through Airport Security?

The TSA ( Transportation Security Administration ) mentioned on its website that you can bring tobacco through the security checkpoint in flights within the United States without any problem.

So there are no additional restrictions about taking tobacco in your carry-on bag.

Here is what hey have to say in their website.

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Screenshot from the TSA website

Here is what the AskTSA customer service replied to Shawn.

Shawn wanted to know if loose smoking tobacco that is stored inside a clear Tupperware bow is permitted in carry-on baggage.

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Screenshot from Twitter

The TSA replied that he is free to pack his tobacco in carry-on bags.

Even this empty tobacco pipe is accepted in carry-on bags.

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Screenshot from Twitter

One important thing to consider is that certain states may have different regulations about smokeless tobacco so it is better to know their rules before you pack your tobacco, or if you plan to get some at your destination.

Checked Baggage

You won’t have any issues packing tobacco in checked baggage.

In fact the best way to travel with tobacco is inside your checked bag.

Unless you are traveling with some type of expensive tobacco it is okay to place tobacco in hold luggage, expensive and valuable items are at risk to be damaged or even missed in the airplane cargo.

Just to know if the TSA searched your checked bag they will place a notice.

So if it happens that your tobacco or any other item is missing and you don’t find any notice do not leave the airport until you report it to your airline.

This passenger wanted to bring Hookah tobacco in checked luggage.

Hooka tobacco is allowed in checked baggage they replied.

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Screenshot from Twitter

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International Flights

When traveling internationally it is better to have a glimpse to the local laws at your destination country.

You are traveling to one of this countries? Here are a some of the rules:

Country Regulations
United kingdomYou can bring 250g of tobacco
Canada If you are 18 years of age or over, you are permitted to take 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco to Canada
AustraliaYou do not need a permit to take tobacco products to Australia for personal use; You can bring in duty-free 25 grams of other tobacco products
EUEach EU country has its limits to the quantity of tobacco you can bring, but no limits on what you can buy and take with you when traveling between EU countries as long as the products are for personal use.

Can You Chew Tobacco On a Plane?

Most airlines do not allow using tobacco products or dab on board the airplane.

Even sneaking to the bathroom and have a dip is not allowed 😀

Only few of the airlines do allow chewing tobacco, and they may change their rules in the future because other customers do complain and don’t like other passengers to spit in front of them.

Airlines Regulations
Alaska AirlinesSmoking and chewing tobacco is not permitted on all Alaska Airlines flights
Allegiant AirlinesTravelers can not smoke or use tobacco on all allegiant flights
American AirlinesTobacco products are prohibited for use on board our flights
Delta AirlinesDelta do not allow suing any kind of tobacco product on board the airplane
JetBluePassenger can chew tobacco on JetBlue flights
Southwest AirlinesSouthwest do permit passengers to chew tobacco or dip on planes
United AirlinesUsing smokeless tobacco is not permitted on United flights

Even if you are flying with an airline that permit using tobacco on their flights, it is better to hold tight and fill your time with other activities until you get to your destination.

Final Thoughts On Traveling With Tobacco

There are no restrictions on traveling with tobacco on domestic flights.

You can pack it in both carry-on and checked baggage.

When traveling internationally it is better to do a small investigation about the overall rules for your destination country.

Also it is better to travel with tobacco in its original packing (especially in check baggage) that will help the airport security identify easily the component of the package and avoid it get confiscated.

I hope this helps

Happy travels

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