Can You Bring Resistance Bands On A Plane? 2024

Taking your resistance band while you travel and anywhere you go will help you don’t miss your workout routine.

And another thing that is impressive about resistance bands or rubber bands is they are super lightweight, and they take less space so you can just toss them in your bag and Voila.

But what are the rules when traveling with workout bands, and can you bring resistance bands on a plane without any restrictions.

Here is the short answer.

The TSA and most airlines do allow you to bring resistance bands on a plane in carry-on luggage or checked luggage without any problem.

In this post, we are going to equip you with everything you need to know about traveling with resistance bands on planes.

Let’s dive right in. 

VRTX Mesh Resistance Bands II / Courtesy of Amazon

Take Resistance Bands Through The Security Checkpoint 

The TSA ( the transportation security administration) didn’t specifically mention resistance bands on their website.

They have a section about ropes which is similar to resistance bands.

I wanted to find out what the TSA is actually saying, so I checked Twitter, and here is some answers.

Buffalo asked the AskTSA customer service if he can bring this beautiful resistance band with grip handles in his carry-on bag.

The TSA customer service replied that resistance bands are good to go through the security checkpoint and in carry-on bags.


Some resistance bands are made from heavyweight plastic with soft handles, and others are made without handles and both of them won’t have any restrictions.

There are no limits to how many pieces you can bring in a domestic flight, just ensure that you stay within your airline luggage size and weight limits.

Another key point to remember is even if an item is generally allowed and not listed as prohibited the TSA always stated that the final say whether an item is allowed or not will be for the security officer at the security checkpoint.

Take Resistance Bands In Checked Baggage

Since the TSA and most airlines do allow resistance bands to be packed in both carry-on and checked baggage, the ideal way to travel with your resistance band is to place it in a checked bag.

Especially if the item have a long hand ( like the resistance band bar in the image below ) or you take the band along with other equipments that may add some weight to your bag.

For instance here is an answer from the TSA replied to Evan that although resistance-band bars are generally permitted in carry-on bags, the TSA officers may not allow them past security if they present a security concern or cause an alarm. 

So the TSA is recommending to place these items in a checked bag.


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Take Resistance Bands On International flights

For international flights there are no different restrictions, however; most airlines do  recommend to place any sport and workout equipment in checked baggage.

If you wanted to bring several pieces ( for commercial purposes for example ) you may find it hard to pass the customs at your destination country.

So it is better to check with the airline or with the customs of your destination country.

Furthermore; if you are taking other items along with your resistance band, you can send  a quick message to your airline to confirm with them.

Final Thoughts

Now as you know that resistance bands are allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage, just ensure that you pack neatly your items before placing them in your bag.

As we mentioned above, even if an item is not listed as prohibited by the TSA if the security officer has some doubt that it will pose a security threat he or she may deny allowing it on board.

Where possible, it’s always better to bring  any large items that will take room in your checked baggage and any other item that can be used as a weapon.

We hope this helps 

Happy travels 

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