Personal Item Size: What Size Can Your Personal Item Be On A Plane?

Let’s cut to the chase.

Here are the personal item sizes for all the popular airlines you know and hate.

AirlinePersonal Item Size
American Airlines“like a purse or small handbag”
“must fit under the seat in front of you”
18 x 14 x 8 inches (That’s 2016 cubic inches)
Delta Air LinesDelta don’t have an official size for what they consider a personal item. Here’s what they have to say:
1 purse, briefcase, camera bag, diaper bag or 1 laptop computer
“or 1 item of a similar or smaller size to those listed above”
Jackets or umbrella’s don’t count as your personal item.
Southwest Airlines18.5 x 8.5 x 13.5 inch (That’s 2123 cubic inches)
United Airlines17 x 10 x 9 inches (That’s 1530 cubic inches)
Note: United have a much more restrictive idea personal item size
Alaska AirlinesAlaska are unclear about their personal item size limit. Customer service on Twitter twice responded that the personal item can be the same size as the carry on i.e. 22 x 14 x 9. But they also reply that it needs to fit under the seat and suggest that the space under the seat is 17 x 11 x 9.5 inches.
Jetblue Airways17 x 13 x 8 inches (That’s1768 cubic inches)
Spirit Airlines18 x 14 x 8 inches (That’s 2016 cubic inches)
Frontier18 x 14 x 8 inches (That’s 2016 cubic inches)
Allegiant Air 16 x 15 x 7 inches (That’s 1680 cubic inches)

In most cases, the “personal item” is the small piece of luggage that you are entitled to take in addition to your carry on luggage.

It’s usually a handbag, purse, diaper bag, laptop bag, small daypack or something of that nature. But sometimes your umbrella can count as your personal item too.

The TSA or the FAA don’t make the rules about personal items, each individual airline sets their own limits. Sometimes they can be pretty vague about it.

So you need to check with your airline what constitutes personal item size in their eyes. International airlines have similar rules.

The table above can be helpful if you are shopping for a bag that you want to use as a personal item with multiple airlines.

The table contains links to more detailed posts about each airline’s personal item policies. It also has links to the relevant page on the airlines website.

Remember your personal item should go under the seat in front of you. If you chose a large personal item it can affect your legroom. Especially if you have long legs. Some people with short legs actually like to use a personal item as a footrest.

You shouldn’t really pack your personal item in the overhead bins. This leads to other passengers not having enough space for their carry on luggage.

What Makes For A Good Personal Item?

A good personal item should probably not have too rigid a shape. This will allow you to squeeze it if you need to make it fit under the seat. Small backpacks, small duffel bags or small weekender bags can make great personal item sized bags for this reason.

Some miniature under seater carry on luggage that might qualify as a personal item. But if you are stick in the aisle seat it tends to have less room you might struggle to fit it under the seat.

Check this photo of the seats from a Boeing 737.

You can see that the aisle seat has less space underneath to put a personal item. It’s something to bear in mind while booking your seat if you know you will have a large bag that needs to go under.

The Verdict

There isn’t a standard size for personal item luggage. United are pretty tight about it. Budget airlines like Spirit and Frontier might be more strict about personal item size than full-service carriers. They cut the prices of their flight and need to recoup that money elsewhere. Charging for oversized bags can be lucrative.

What’s your personal item? Do you just have a purse or a briefcase or are you trying to maximize the use of this space?

Let us know in the comments.

Is A Backpack A Personal Item? AA, Delta, Southwest, And One Airline To Be Careful With

Most airlines allow you to take a smaller personal item as well as carry on luggage.

Airlines don’t always specify what they exactly mean by a personal item but the following examples are common:

  • a purse
  • a handbag
  • a laptop bag
  • a briefcase

Most airlines don’t mention backpacks in the context of your personal item (PI) but this doesn’t mean you can’t use one.

But you’ve landed here because you want to know “is a backpack a personal item?” – the answer depends on how big the backpack is and which airline that you are flying with.

The main defining characteristic of a personal item is that it should be able to fit under the seat in front.

Some backpacks can fit under the seat, so smaller backpacks can often be considered a personal item.

You can also use a backpack as your principle carryon bag. So if you are not taking a carry on suitcase and just want to take a backpack you can do that too and the size isn’t as important.

If your ticket doesn’t include a free carry on allowance (Lookin At You Spirit) they only allow you to take a personal item. For some short trips, you can fly using only a backpack as your personal item and pack all your clothes inside it.

To try to get you an answer I’ve taken a close look at the personal item backpack rules for the most popular airlines in the US.

You can quickly check the table below to find out if your backpack counts as a personal item with your airline or read on for more detailed analysis.

American Airlines Backpacks under 18 x 14 x 8 inches are considered personal items.
Delta No official backpack as a personal item size limit. Needs to fit under the seat.
SouthwestBackpacks under 18.5 x 13.5 x 8.5 inches are considered personal items.
United AirlinesBE CAREFUL WITH UNITED AIRLINES. Backpacks under 17 x 10 x 9 inches are considered personal items. Unfortunately, this rules out many regular sized backpacks which are wider than 10 inches.
AlaskaNot specified PI size limit. Needs to fit under the seat.
JetblueBackpacks under 17 x 13 x 8 are considered to be personal items on JetBlue.
SpiritBackpacks under 18 x 14 x 8 are considered to be personal items on Spirit. Check my packing light tips to fit all your things in a Spirit PI bag.

Is A Backpack Considered A Personal Item With American Airlines?

With American Airlines backpacks should not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches to qualify as your personal item.

Here is Jae getting the thumbs up from AA on Twitter:

Jae was able to bring a small backpack and a carry on when she flew with American Airlines.

Delta Backpack Personal Item Rules

Delta don’t mention any size limits for a personal item on their website.

They mention that you can bring a purse, briefcase, camera bag, or diaper bag. And they further mention that you can bring other bags that are a similar size to those mentioned above.

So you can bring a backpack that is a similar size to a purse or a diaper bag and use it as your personal item with Delta.

On Twitter they were also cagey about the size limit, they don’t have an official size limit. Here was an answer that I found:

So a personal item backpack for Delta needs to go under the seat.

A regular size backpack should fit under the seat in front no problem.

Southwest Backpack As A Personal Item

Southwest follow the same practice of mentioning purses and briefcases as examples of what a personal item is.

They don’t mention backpacks but they do then show this photo:

So it seems that Southwest do allow backpacks as personal items so long as they are under 18.5 x 13.5 x 8.5 inches.

The great thing about a backpack is that it gets smaller if you pack less things inside it. So you can use a backpack with Southwest as your personal item.

United Airlines Using A Backpack As Your Personal Item

United helpfully publish size guidelines to be clear about what they consider a personal item.

So if your backpack is smaller than 17 x 10 x 9 inches then you’re good to go…

But wait that’s a pretty small backpack.

Wakkodan couldn’t find a laptop backpack that met the United dimensions.

And he wasn’t the only one having this problem with United:

The problem is the United width limit for a personal item is only 10 inches. That’s a childs backpack and not a laptop back size.

So if you are flying with United and plan on using your backpack as your personal item make sure you measure it.

Alaska Airlines Backpack As Personal Item

Alaska is another airline that doesn’t specify size dimensions for their personal item.

They also don’t mention backpacks on their website so I checked Twitter so see how they were responding to customer inquiries:

Again it’s all about if it fits under the seat. Small backpacks should be okay.

Does A Backpack Meet The JetBlue Personal Items Size Limit?

JetBlue actually mention backpacks in their examples of personal items!

Each customer is allowed one personal item (purse, small backpack, briefcase, laptop, etc.) plus one carry-on bag (space permitting).

And they let us know what size they mean by that.

So to use a backpack as a PI on Jetblue it will need to be smaller than 17 x 13 x 8. That should work for most regular size backpacks.

Spirit Airlines Backpack Personal Item Rules

You may be aware that Spirit doesn’t include a carry on in their cheapest ticket price.

They do let you bring a small backpack as your PI.

Your backpack needs to be under 18 x 14 x 8 inches.

Don’t try to sneak a larger backpack on with Spirit. This is their business model and if your backpack is oversize they will charge you the fee for a carry on.

The Verdict

You can use a backpack as your personal item, but they need to fit under the seat. Also where airlines publish size limits your backpack should be under those size limits. This is especially important with budget airlines whose business model is to stick you with additional charges wherever they can.

Do you use a backpack when you fly? Any interesting stories to share with our readers?

Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.

Prayer For Safe Travel

If you’re looking for a travel prayer for safety you’ve come to the right place.

It always helps to be in prayer for safe travel whether the journey is long or short.

You can pray for travel grace before a dangerous trip. It’s also wise to pray before trips that seem safe and harmless. Tragedy can strike at any moment, even if you are just going around the block.

This post contains 20 travel blessings to protect you, your friends and your loved ones.

Prayer For Someone Traveling

Dear Lord Jesus,

As I set off on this adventure, please let it be a time of rest in You. Set me apart from the normal distractions of life. I ask that my heart is in tune with yours so that I can see another side of You. I want to hear the wisdom You are telling me that I need for this journey and for back at home. I leave what is happening at home with You – the issues, the problems, and the work. I ask that You protect me on the road. Please enable me with the strength to share Your Good News and to love people, despite my weakness or my understanding. Just like everything else, I offer this trip to you. I am so excited for what You will lead me into and the parts of Your creation that I will see.

Your Daughter

Catholic Prayer For Travel

All-powerful and ever-living God,
when Abraham left his own land
and departed from his own people,
you kept him safe all through his journey.
Protect us, who also are your servants:
walk by our side to help us;
be our companion and our strength
[as we travel] on the road
and our refuge in every adversity.
Lead us, O Lord,
so that we will reach our destination in safety
and happily return to our homes.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. R.

Prayer For Safe Flight

Buzz Aldrin carried this prayer with him on Apollo 11 when he went to the moon.

It’s a perfect prayer for flying and short enough to memorize and say before take off.

I know you’re not going to the moon but these words should bring peace and comfort to you when flying.

Air travel is generally a safe way to travel so do not be alarmed, you under the protection of god wherever you are. Even on an airplane!

Prayer For Protection

The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us;
Wherever we are, God is!

James Dillet Freeman

Blessing For Safe Travel

This travel blessing is short and sweet. It’s a great message to write on a good luck card if someone you know is going traveling.

Maybe angels fly with you
Wherever you roam
An guide you back safely
To family and home

Road Trip Prayer

Road trips can be great fun, but they are also dangerous. Automobile accidents can bring sudden terror to an otherwise pleasant experience.

Some people find it comforting to say a driving prayer for the road, asking God or their guardian angel to protect them while they are out on the highway.

You can drive safely, stay under the speed limits, and avoid unnecessary risks even if you are late or frustrated. After that your safety is in the hands of God and other road users.

Here is a motorist’s prayer to use before your next road trip.

The Motorist’s Prayer

Grant me O Lord a steady hand and watchful eye.
That no one shall be hurt as I pass by.
Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine
May take away or mar that gift of Thine.
Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear me company,
From the evils of fire and all calamity.
Teach me to use my car for others need;
Nor miss through love of undue speed
The beauty of the world; that thus I may
With joy and courtesy go on my way.
St. Christopher, holy patron of travellers,
Protect me and lead me safely to my destiny.

Safe Journey Prayer For a Friend

A Christian prayer for traveling friends.

O almighty and merciful God, Who hast commissioned Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return;
to clothe us with their invisible protection;
to keep us from all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of falls and bruises;
and finally, having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Departure Prayer

Many people say a prayer before traveling. The point of departure is the right time to remember to ask God to grant you traveling grace.

If you are flying prayer before flight takeoff is best spoken to God internally and silently.

Your prayers may alarm other passengers who may have a medical fear of flying.

My holy Angel Guardian, ask the Lord to bless the journey which I undertake, that it may profit the health of my soul and body; that I may reach its end, and that, returning safe and sound, I may find my family in good health. Do thou guard, guide and preserve us. Amen.

Pray For Traveling Mercies

God bless your trip. I have asked God to take care of you and show you mercy on your next journey. Now I suggest you ask Him too to show you mercy.

The prayer for traveling mercies should be suitable.

Lord, please provide me with traveling mercies and keep me safe from all evil on my journey. Watch over my life and preserve my soul. Be with me from the time I step out the front door and until I return. Both now and forevermore. Amen.

Prayer For Vacation and Travel

Vacations can be a time of great joy. They are also stressful, often we have invested a great deal of time, money and our vacation expectations can be high.

Praying for traveling grace is a good way to bring calm to the situation.

Traveling grace means behaving virtuously, and prayer can give you the strength you need during your vacation and travels.

Dear Lord,

How we’ve waited for this vacation and now it’s finally here.

Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to take a break from our daily routines and to replenish our minds, bodies and souls so we may better serve You.

Sometimes our expectations for vacations are unrealistic,, and we find ourselves disappointed when things don’t go our way.

Help us not to worry about having the ‘perfect’ vacation but to relax and enjoy every moment, whatever it may bring.

We are grateful for the joys that await us-whether they be the beauty of your creation, recreation with family or friends, or peace and solitude.

Watch over us and protect us as we travel, and bring us safely home again-refreshed and renewed.


Prayer For Travel Protection

As we travel along our way today, we thank you for your protection and your covering on ourselves and our family members.

Let not any of our enemies, thieves, bandits, or evil-doers approach us, if they do not intend to bring to us what was intended from your Holy Altar. Turn around their evil intent to glorify your name.

Just as the Lord Jesus Christ is ascended into Heaven in his living body, so shall my body and well-being be protected on this journey. O Lord, continue to bless me and watch over me, day and night.

Short Prayer For Travel

A short prayer can be easily memorized and prove useful before travel.

In the name of God I go on this journey. May God the Father be with me, God the Son protect me, and God the Holy Ghost be by my side. Amen.

Prayer For Safe Travel For a Loved One

Often we pray less for ourselves and more for our loved ones. If you have a loved one that is leaving on a dangerous journey this prayer for a safe return home of your child or loved one might be appropriate.

God’s Angels guard and keep you
All the way that you must travel
Till earth’s days are past
When blossoms fade and
Time is fleeting fast
In times of purest joy
Or pain and fear
God’s Angels guard
And keep you safe.

Prayer For Safe Travel St Christopher

St Christoper is the patron saint of travelers. He helped carry Jesus across a river when he was a child.

Hence if you are praying to a saint for safe travel you should probably be praying to St Christopher.

This prayer modern prayer address to Saint Christopher should be apt.

Dear Saint Christopher,

Protect me today
in all my travels
along the road’s way.

Give your warning sign
if danger is near
so that I may stop
while the path is clear.

Be at my window
and direct me through
when the vision blurs
From out of the blue.

Carry me safely
to my destined place,
like you carried Christ
in your close embrace.


St Raphael Travel Prayer

Saint Raphael is another patron saint of travelers. He looked out for Tobias and is said to guard pilgrims on their journeys.

Saint Raphael the Archangel,

Thou wast a faithful companion to the young man, Tobias, on his long journey from Syria to Media, rescuing him from many dangers and, in particular, from the danger of death in the river Tigris;

we beseech thee with all our hearts to be a safe guide and an Angel of consolation to our dear ones on the long journey which they must undertake in order to remove to foreign lands;

do thou keep them far from all dangers of body and soul, and grant that they may come in safety to the haven of their desire.

Prayer While Traveling

Wherever you go God goes with you. Traveling is a great time to be aware of the gifts he has bestowed upon you. When you travel with God you travel with gratitude. God is the best travel companion.

Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not recognize My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine.”
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I am in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.
I am there because I have to be, because I am.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of Me does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law’s fulfilling. I am assurance. I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by. I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance. I am your peace. I am one with you. I am.
Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.

Prayer For Safe Travel Bible Verse

These two Bible verses are useful prayers for safe travel.

You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip…Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound.

Proverbs 3:23, 26 The Message

The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7-8 NIV

Irish Travel Blessing

This Irish travellers blessing can be a great prayer or a loved one.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Jewish Travel Prayer

This is an English translation of a Hebrew travel prayer.

May it be Your will, God, our God and the God of our fathers, that You should lead us in peace and direct our steps in peace, and guide us in peace, and support us in peace, and cause us to reach our destination in life, joy, and peace (If one intends to return immediately, one adds: and return us in peace).

Save us from every enemy and ambush, from robbers and wild beasts on the trip, and from all kinds of punishments that rage and come to the world.

May You confer blessing upon the work of our hands and grant me grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us, and bestow upon us abundant kindness and hearken to the voice of our prayer, for You hear the prayers of all.

Blessed are You God, who hearkens to prayer.

Muslim Travel Prayer Islam

And here is an Islamic prayer. The video containing the prayer song is quite enchanting.

In the name of Allah and all praise if for Allah. How perfect He is, the One Who has placed this (Transport) at our service and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord if our final destiny. All praise is for Allah, All praise if for Allah, All praise if for Allah. Allah is the greatest. How perfect You are, O Allah, verily I have wronged my soul, so forgive me, for surely none can forgive sins except You.

Blessing For Travel

Here is a nonreligious travel blessing.

May you see the way wherever the journey takes you, sailing safely over rough water and weathering the waves’ dips and crests

May you find treasure in Earth’s infinite variety, beauty and surprise

May you hear the ocean’s music in every shell you hold to your ear

May your boat fill with insight, laughter, generosity and love

as you discover new landscapes and explore the wide expanse of memory.”

~ Navigator’s Blessing, by littlegoldboat


And one from the Hindu tradition.

O God ! Let my journey be completed without any obstacles. Let a protective sheath of your grace be constantly around me throughout the journey.

That’s It

I hope you have enjoyed this collection of prayers for safe travel.

I tried to cover lots of different faiths so you can find something appropriate.

Do you have any favorite travel prayers that you would like to share? Post the text in the comments!

Can You Bring Coffee Beans On A Plane?

If you love coffee and drink good coffee regularly you might find yourself wondering ‘can you bring coffee beans on a plane?’ And if so, ‘how much coffee can be carried through airport security.

Don’t worry. This post has all the information you need about packing coffee in your carry on luggage.

You won’t need to give up your coffee fix just because you are traveling on a plane.

TSA Coffee Rules

Here is a screengrab of the relevant Transportation Security Administration coffee regulations.

Yes you can bring coffee beans on a plane in your carry on luggage.

You can also bring ground coffee in hand luggage too but ground coffee is subject to the TSA powders rule.

This just means if you are bringing powdered or ground coffee in quantities over 12 oz you should take it out your carry on luggage and place it in a bin for inspection when you go through the airport security checkpoint.

The same goes for jars of instant coffee. If they are over 12 oz they might need to be inspected so remove them from your bag and allow for inspection.

Roasted coffee beans are not a powder and you shouldn’t need to remove them from your carry-on baggage for additional screening.

But you should be aware that beans, ground, or instant coffee could be subject to additional screening. The TSA officer may want to inspect your coffee and may need to open the coffee to do so. They are unlikely to open sealed bags or jars of coffee in original retail packaging. The final decision of whether to allow coffee through security in your carry-on will be taken by the TSA officer.

Customs and Border Protection Coffee Rules

The TSA is only responsible for the security of flights.

They let you bring coffee on to planes because you can’t hijack the plane using roasted coffee beans.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t any other rules you need to be aware of.

If you are bringing coffee across international borders you might need to declare your coffee when you land. Check the rules of the country that you are flying into if you want to be sure.

You can bring roasted or unroasted coffee beans into the US on international flights. But as with all foods you’ll need to declare the coffee when you land. Failure to do so could result in a nasty fine.

Bringing Coffee Grinders, Makers, & Machines In Carry-On Luggage

There are no restrictions in packing coffee machines or coffee makers in your carry on luggage. You can even pack those single-serve coffee pods too. Your problem will be the size of the coffee machine but it’s not impossible.

Burr mill coffee grinders are allowed in carry-on luggage so long as they don’t have blades. Coffee grinders with blades need to be packed in checked luggage.

A while back I wrote a post about the best travel coffee maker. My favorite carry-on coffee maker is the Aeropress. You might want to check out that post if you are looking for a portable method for brewing up.

Here are the TSA talkin’ coffee makers on Twitter:

Taking Liquid Coffee On To A Plane

You can take liquid coffee through airport security if it’s packed inside your liquids bag.

That would mean a container of under 3.4 oz (100 ml) and packing it inside your quart-sized bag.

Of course, it would be cold but it might be preferable to drinking the coffee that is made on the airplane using the suspect water supply.

Drinks that you buy after airport security can generally be taken on to the plane.

However, the gate agents will probably have something to say about you trying to board the plane with a steaming hot coffee in your hand.

Most airlines don’t allow you to carry on hot drinks for safety reasons but the TSA don’t have a problem with it.

You could potentially buy an iced coffee and carry it on to the plane or refill a sealed coffee cup after security screening that you can’t spill over other passengers while boarding.

Other Stuff That The TSA Says About Coffee On Twitter

Angi found out that she could take single-serve coffee pods on the plane but that creamer would need to go in her liquids bag.

The Verdict

Taking coffee beans on a plane is no problem. You might attract a little extra attention because sometimes some people use coffee to try to hide the smell of other illegal substances.

Not only can you bring coffee beans you can bring coffee making equipment too. Just be careful about import rules if you are flying internationally. Most countries in the world won’t have an issue with you bringing in a small bag of coffee beans for personal use.

Do you fly with coffee beans? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments!

Can You Bring Candy On A Plane?

I get it…

You’ll be sitting in an aluminum can with wings, going at not far off the speed of sound, 6 or 7 miles up in the sky, thrusting forward by the power generated by the exploding remains of dead marine creatures that lived 100 million years ago.

It’s probably going to be really boring…

You’d better pack some candy for the plane to keep yourself amused.

This post is about the TSA rules for taking candy on a plane.

TSA Candy Rules

Whether you want to bring candy to eat on the plane, or you are packing some candy to take home in your hand luggage, the TSA is pretty relaxed about taking candy through airport security.

The TSA is mainly concerned with keeping passengers safe. They want to spoil the plots of the bad guys. They don’t want to spoil your ability to spoil your dinner.

Here is a screengrab of the relevant rule:

So you can take candy on a plane in your hand luggage without restriction as long as it is not liquid candy. What’s a liquid candy I hear you ask?

The gel candy as pictured above would need to go in your liquids bag and follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Well actually those tubes look a little larger than the 3.4 oz maximum, but you get the idea.

Liquid candy is banned from planes. Thankfully, if you can read this sentence you’re probably a bit older and more into solid candy.

Pretty much all solid candy is okay to take through airport security.

This even includes candy with a gel, liquid, or paste filling. Chocolate candy bars with squishy fillings are okay to bring on planes.

So you don’t need to pack a Snickers in your toiletries bag even though the caramel is the middle isn’t solid.

And while jars of peanut butter are considered a liquid and need to follow the 3-1-1 rule, giant chocolate cups full of peanut butter are allowed on planes without limits. It’s a crazy world.

Gummy Bears & Other Candy You Can Take On Planes

There are rumors going around that gummy bears are not permitted in hand luggage. This is just a wicked, wicked lie.

You are able to take gummy bears in planes. I checked what the @AskTSA service on Twitter had to say about this important matter.

Just so prove it’s not a mistake…

Note: I strongly advise against eating sugar-free gummy bears on a plane. Or anywhere other than while sitting on a toilet. You’ve been warned.

But what other candy can you take on a plane in your carry on?

Melissa got the thumbs up for taking peanut M&M’s in her hand luggage.

Lucy got the green light for candy canes, Hershey bars, pop tarts, Toblerone, and peeps:

Kindra got the TSA’s blessing to take her regular Snickers:

Danielle was delighted to be able to take her Starburst and Skittles on her flight.

Alex was over the moon to be taking his Twizzlers in his carry-on luggage:

I think you’re probably getting the picture by now I think. You can take candy on a plane, but one word of caution.

Who Can Stop You Bringing Candy Through Airport Security?

You might have been feeling pretty pleased with what you ‘ve read in this post so far. But be warned, there is one person who could potentially stop you from taking candy onto a plane.

Every TSA officer has the right to refuse any candy that he doesn’t want to let through. Even though it’s the general rule that candy is allowed on planes there is nothing to stop a peckish TSA officer confiscating your candy at the checkpoint.

Remember liquids are restricted. So if your candy melts or is more liquid than sold then you might run into problems.

While the TSA permit candy on planes they reserve the right to refuse anything through the security checkpoint.

Does Candy Go In Carry-On Or Checked Luggage?

As mentioned above, you can bring candy in your hand luggage. You can also bring candy in your checked luggage.

You just need to think…

How much candy will I pack in my suitcase? Do I even need these clothes any more? Will a carry on suitcase be large enough for all the candy that I want to take with me?

Also, if I have a candy emergency, will I be able to access my candy at short notice during the flight?

Be prepared. Personally, I pack my in-flight candy in my personal item bag. I pack my personal candy in my personal bag… understand? It’s personal. Get your own candy!

The Verdict

You can take candy on a plane. You can take solid candy. You can take mostly solid candy with squidgy insides. You can take fluffy candy. You can take gummy bears, M&M’s and most other popular candy.

So that’s the candy sorted… Now did you remember to download a movie on Netflix to your phone?

You’ll make it through this boring flight somehow.

What’s your favorite inflight candy? Did the TSA officer steal your candy? Let everyone know in the comments!