How Many Laptops Can I Bring On a Plane?

Nowadays, it is common for people to have more than one laptop.

And whether you are a digital nomad, a student or you just want to bring a new laptop from your destination, you might be wondering if you can carry several laptops on planes.

Generally; you can bring two laptops or even more on a plane without any issues. The only thing you need to keep in mind is your airline’s luggage size and weight limits.

Keep reading to learn more about how many laptops you can bring on a plane in both domestic and international flights.

Let’s dive right in.

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How Many Laptops Can You Bring On a Plane in Domestic Flights?

The TSA rules

The TSA ( The Transportation Security Administration ) are the clerks that scan luggage and items at the US airports.

They are searching passengers so that they do not take prohibited or dangerous items on board the airplanes.

They stated that there are no limits to the number of laptops you can bring with you on a plane, but you need to keep up with your airline luggage size and weight.

And if you are not a TSA PreCheck member you will need to remove any electronics from your bag including laptops and place them in a separate bin for further screening.

Here is a screenshot from the TSA website.

TSA laptops rules

I also checked their social media to find some answers.

This guy already knew the rules, but he wanted to make sure if there is any changes in the TSA policies, so he can bring 2 laptops in his carry-on bag.

a passenger wanted to take two laptops

The TSA replied that they don’t limit the number of laptops or phones in carry-on or checked baggage, but he should check with the airline because they may have different policies.

The same rules applies for checked bags.

It is preferable to avoid packing laptops in checked baggage, laptops are valuable items that can be damaged or even stolen.

Karthik lost two laptops at the security checkpoint.

a passenger lost two laptop during the security process

Karthik will need to file a lost item report to the airport lost and found office at the SEA airport.

If laptops can go missing at the security checkpoint, then there is more chance that it will happen in checked luggage.

So to avoid all this hassle of filing claims, if possible do not pack your laptops in hold luggage.

To always keep an eye on your laptops and electronics in general during the screening process ensure that you place them last in a separate bin, if you send them first while still waiting to go through the scanner, you may make it easy for someone to grab your laptops and leave before you pass the securing process.


How Many Laptops Can I Bring On International flights?

In domestic flights most airlines will not have any issues if you are taking more than one laptop as long as your luggage is within the size and weight limits.

But if you are traveling internationally with several laptops you will need to know what to expect at the customs of your destination country.

Most countries allow taking laptops for personal use, ( For example one for personal use and one for work) but if you show up with three laptops or more they may ask you the purpose of taking them.

If you are taking multiple laptops from China or Japan to the US or UK for example , you will need to provide a good reason that these laptops are for personal use or as a gift and that you are not going to sell them or you may end up paying taxes.

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What Type Of Laptops Are Not Allowed On Planes?

If you own a MacBook Pro sold between 2015 and February 2017 yous shoud know that Apple stated that, a limited number of these laptops ( MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015 ) have overheated battery problems and may cause a fire risk.

You will need to confirm whether your MacBook is eligible for a battery change or not ( By entering the serial number ) here in the Apple website before traveling with your Mac.

Final Thoughts On How Many Laptops Allowed On Planes.

You can bring two laptops or more on domestic flights without any issue.

Ensure that you don’t go over your Airline luggage size and weight limits.

The TSA doesn’t care about the number of laptops you take in your bag, but you will need to remove them from your bag at the security checkpoint for additional screening.

For international flights, you can bring laptops for personal use, if you want to bring several brand new laptops ensure that you know what is the rules the customs rules at the country of your destination. 

We hope this helps 

Happy travels 

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