It’s not uncommon to see a passenger at the airport sporting some kind of Bluetooth speaker.
Whether it’s small, or large, they are very convenient for listening to music and podcasts without having to plug in your earphones.
Although, it’s unlikely an airline will allow you to use speakers during a flight.
But what about bringing them on a plane? Are speakers permitted to be brought onto a plane with us? The answer is yes – but there are a few rules that you need to follow before boarding your flight.
- 1 Can Bluetooth Speakers Be Checked In: Luggage?
- 2 Can Bluetooth Portable Speakers Be Checked In: Hand Luggage?
- 3 Can you Bring a Big Speaker on a Plane?
- 4 Bluetooth Portable Speakers on Planes – All You Need to Know
- 5 TSA Requirements to Get Your Bluetooth Speaker in Flight with You
- 6 Conclusion Carry-On or Checked Luggage
Can Bluetooth Speakers Be Checked In: Luggage?
When it comes to checked in luggage, your wireless Bluetooth speakers are allowed to be in your checked luggage. In theory this is absolutely correct.
If you check the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) website, you will find that they say speakers are allowed in a bag that will be checked in. However, the catch here is that a Bluetooth speaker most times has an internal lithium-ion battery and that’s where things start to get a little tricky with air travel.
According to the TSA, you can pack products with lithium-ion batteries with 100-watt hours or less into your luggage, if you follow special instructions. TSA don’t, however, specify that these products include most small Bluetooth speakers.
The regulations on lithium-ion batteries and what you need to do if you want to bring speakers with you when you travel can be found on the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) website.
When you hit the FAA site, do a quick search in a chart for lithium-ion batteries. The information they provide for travel is pretty clear and summarizes the following:
Devices such as a laptop, cell phone, mobile phone, camera, etc. are allowed in baggage to be checked in, although they should be taken as carry on. They also say: ‘most consumer products and, including but not limited to’. This creates a great big hole, which allows them to change their minds at any time when you’re at the airport with your wireless speakers in a suitcase just about to check in.
This is most likely one of the reasons wireless speakers have gone missing from people’s bags. Because different people who work at the airport understand the rules differently, when it comes to portable speakers with a built-in lithium-ion battery.
So, yes, Bluetooth speakers are allowed to be in your checked in luggage according to all the regulations that are provided.
But, we would say, you should confirm thi