There’s no doubt that airplanes are cold, so you might be wondering if bringing a heating pad on a plane is a viable way to keep warm.
According to TSA regulations, you can bring a heating pad on a plane in both your carry on and checked bags.
Can You Bring a Heating Pad on a Plane?
Carry on Bags
The TSA state that you can pack an electric heating pad in your carry on bags, as well as those that contain rice/dry goods.
The only thing to be aware of is that if your heating pad has gel or water inside, you might not be allowed to pack it in your carry on.
This is because the TSA has a rule called the 3-1-1 Rule that prohibits passengers from bringing any liquid, gel, or aerosol in their carry on if it exceeds 3.4oz/100ml.
According to the TSA, you can also pack a heating pad in your checked bags
Domestic vs. International Flights
If you’re flying from the U.S. to an international destination with a U.S. air carrier, such as American Airlines, United, Southwest, Delta, or any other major or regional air carrier, you will have no problem bringing a heating pad on a plane.
If you are flying with another airline between international destinations, you should mostly be fine, but it’s best to check with the airline to be certain.
While most airlines will allow you to bring and use a heating pad on a plane in your carry on, not all will.
American Airlines, for example, allow you to bring a heating pad on board, but will not allow you to use the power ports to heat it up.
This is because American Airlines consider the use of heating pads to be a fire hazard.
We recommend checking directly with the airline you are flying with to see if you can use a heating pad on a plane, especially as their polices are constantly changing.
American Airlines only implemented the ban on the use of heating pads on board in 2021.
How to a Pack a Heating Pad for Air Travel
When packing a heating pad for flying, the only thing you need to be aware of is that if the heating pad contains gel or liquid, it may not be allowed in your carry on.
However, if the gel or water inside the heating pad is less than 3.4oz/100ml, you must first inform a TSA agent, and then you must place it in a separate bin for screening as you go through airport security.
Can You Bring Thermacare Heat Wraps on a Plane?
The TSA state that you can bring Thermacare Heat Wraps or any other brand of heat wraps in both your carry on and checked bags.
Can You Bring a Blanket on a Plane?
According to the TSA, you can bring a blanket on a plane, including both non-electric and electric blankets.
However, keep in mind that the airline you are flying with will consider a blanket to be part of your personal item allowance if it doesn’t fit inside your carry on bag.
Can You Bring a Pillow on a Plane?
You can bring a pillow on a plane in both your carry on and checked bags.
If it is a small travel neck pillow, it won’t count as a personal item or carry on.
If the pillow is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you on a plane, it will count as your personal item.
If larger than 18″ x 14″ x 8″, it will count towards your carry on allowance.