Can You Bring a Bong On a Plane? TSA Rules 2024

Whether you are an avid bong or hookah enthusiast, or just want to bring a vintage smoke filtration glassware as a souvenir from your destination, you might be asking if you can bring a glass bong on a plane? or if you can check a bong in your luggage?

Here is a quick answer:

You can take a bong or a hookah set in your carry-on or checked luggage. however, they need to be clean from any liquids or substances at the time of screening.

Make sure that the bong is free from any remaining buds of cannabis, these things are not allowed on planes.

Keep reading, I’m going to tell you what you need to know about taking bongs and hookahs in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Let’s take this in baby steps.

Can You Go Through TSA With a Bong?

The Transportation Security Administration ( the TSA), is in charge of controlling bags and passengers before they get on the plane.

These rules are important so that no one brings dangerous or prohibited items on the airplanes.

The TSA didn’t mention anything about bongs on their website, but here is what they have to say about hookahs.

TSA hookahs rules
Screenshot from the TSA website

Hookahs are good to go in both carry-on and checked baggage.

I checked their social media to find more about bongs.

In the screenshot below Kali wanted to bring her new water bong from California to Portland. 

Screenshot from Twitter

Karla from the TSA customer service answered that empty water bongs are allowed in carry-on bags.

They didn’t mention anything about cleaning the bong, because Kali is traveling with a brand new bong.

So will the TSA take your glass pipe?

No!

But use your common sense, If your bong has stuff inside it or was used for illegal things, make sure to clean it well before you pack it in your bag, to avoid any issues.

The TSA clerks do not search for weed or illegal drugs, but if they notice something suspicious they will inform the law enforcement.

Remember do some research about the laws at your destination before you fly. Different places have different rules about bongs and smoking things. You don’t want to get into trouble,

Important

Can I Check a Bong In My Luggage?

Packing a clean bong or hookah in your checked bag is less likely to cause any problems in domestic flights.

But you should be aware that glass bongs or any fragile items are not safe in checked baggage, as they will not be handled carefully so they are prone to be lost or even stolen.

Unless you don’t have a choice it is better to avoid sending your bong or hookah set in the airplane hold.

Type of BongCarry-on BaggageChecked Baggage
Straight Tube BongYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Zig Zag Bong (Zong)Yes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Beaker Shaped BongYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Round Base-BongsYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Recycler or ‘Multi-Chamber’ BongsYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Percolator BongsYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Fabergé Egg BongsYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
BubblersYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Bucket Gravity BongYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
Wood BongYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed
HookahYes (if clean and free from any residue)Allowed but pack it neatly and securely
This table is about transporting various types of bongs and hookahs in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Can You Fly Internationally With Bong?

If you’re flying to another country, it might be best to leave your bong or hookah at home.

Even though if a country do not have any issues with one of these items, you could find it hard to pass the the customs.

You don’t want to get into trouble.

How Do You Pack a Bong or Hookah For Travel?

Before heading to the airport with your bong or hookah, here are some tips to follow to keep your items safe during transport:

  • Clean your bong: Before you pack your bong, make sure the bottle is clean and neat. the TSA or any airport security officer will less likely ask any questions about a clean item.
  • Take it apart: Taking the bong or hookah apart will save some space inside your bag (especially the hookah). remove any detachable parts and wrap them separately to prevent them from getting crashed.
  • Pack carefully: When placing your bong inside your bag, make sure it is well-padded and protected. Use soft items like clothes to cushion it and prevent it from shifting around during the transportation.
  • Use a smell proof bag: if you are traveling with a used bong then using a smell proof bag will eliminate the odor and prevent unwanted attention (even though I would recommend taking an unused bong).

Tip: Check out this Travelpro Platinum Elite 21” Carry-On Spinner, a sleek and versatile carry-on that is designed to fit within the limits of most airlines, to save you from the hassle of the airports and the pesky airline fees.

Final Thoughts Taking Bongs And Hookahs On Planes.

You can take a bong or hookah in carry-on or checked baggage as long as they are clean and tidy.

If the airport security asks for additional inspection, talk with them politely and everything will go as smoothly as you think.

Traveling with a bong might not always be the best idea, you can think about leaving your bong at home and buying a new one at your destination.

Or you might find small bongs that are easier to carry. These options could save you from any inconvenience at the airports and with your airline.


FAQs

Can You Bring Chillum On a Plane?

Brand new Chillum are good to go on planes, but used Chillum needs to be free from any stuff.

Can You Bring Tobacco Pipe On a Plane?

You can bring a pipe in both carry-on and checked Luggage. just ensure that it is clean and free from any residue or tobacco to avoid any inconvenience at the airport.

I hope this helps 

Happy travels.

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