Can You Take An Electric Heater On a Plane?

It’s always a good idea to keep an electric heater on hand, even when traveling, but can you take an electric heater on a plane?

Well, it’s a bit complicated, but a chill choice.

I try to break it down as much as possible—here are all your questions about taking an electric and space heater in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Can You Take an Electric Heater Through TSA?

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) are the Gandalf’s of the airports, for passengers flying within or from the U.S.

They have some serious rules, to ensure that nothing dangerous goes on board the airplanes.

It is a good idea to know what items they permit and which ones they don’t.

I searched the TSA official website, to find something about those chilly electric heaters but they have nothing about them.

Though, according to their social media you can take any type of portable electric heater through the TSA security checkpoint tucked under your arm or inside your bag. 

Here is the @AskTSA team on X confirming to Amy that “portable heaters are good to go in carry-on bags…

“…but we suggest contacting the airline to ensure it will fit in an overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.” they added.

This means it doesn’t matter which airline you are flying with, United, American Airlines or Jetblue, you will need their approval .

If your heater is larger for carry-on or personal item (like a large electric radiator), the airline won’t accept it as carry-on, you will have to transport it as checked baggage instead.

Similarly, the same answer is given to Peter here “Electric space heaters are good to go in carry-on and checked baggage.”

Most corded electric heaters are generally safe devices, with just a bunch of wires, a fan and a thermostat.

So there is nothing to concern about, and It won’t take a long time to scan them at the security checkpoint.

If you are traveling with a portable heater that operates with a lithium-ion battery, then it must adhere to the rules for traveling with batteries.

A portable heater with a lithium-ion battery that is less than 100 watt hour is allowed in the cabin with no quantity limitations. However, a heater with a lithium-ion battery that is between 101-160 watt hours must be transported in the cabin but with prior airline approval.

Remember that the final say rests with the TSA officer searching your bags at the airport whether an item will be allowed onboard or not, rests with the TSA officer who searches your bags at the airport.


Even in the colder months! 🤔

Can You Take an Electric Heater in Checked Baggage?

Absolutely, you can take electric heaters in a suitcase, both in checked luggage and carry-on luggage on domestic and International flights. 

Keep in mind that most airlines have restrictions on the weight and size of checked luggage, so it is recommended that you check with your airline before packing a large electric heater in your suitcase.

Remember also that safety is the name of the game.

Always use a safety solid cover or box that securely fits over your heating device.

Flexible HeatersAllowed
Fan heaters Allowed
Infrared heatersAllowed
Drum Heaters Allowed
Ceramic heaters Allowed
Space heaters Allowed
Convection radiators Band heaters Allowed
Convector heatersAllowed

How to Pack an Electric Heater for a Flight?

To pack your electric heater like a pro:

  • Use a sturdy box backpack or suitcase to protect your heater and wrap it in soft layers.
  • If possible remove and pack the remote, cords and cables or any other removable accessories separately, this will make your heater more compact and easier to fit in your luggage.

Final Thoughts. 

So there you have it.

Generally, the TSA and airlines allow corded electric heaters (including electric water heaters) in both carry-on and checked luggage, as long as they are within the airline size limits.

So make sure to confirm with your airline before you place it in your bag.

However, the final decision rests with the TSA clerks at the airport, but as long as you follow the TSA and airline’s rules, you won’t have any problems. 

Hope this helps .

Happy travels.

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