Not every flight for business or pleasure will have you landing down in clear, blue skies where it never rains.
So, you might be wondering if you can bring an umbrella on a plane.
According to the TSA, umbrellas are allowed in both your checked bags and carry on bags. However, airlines might have their own size or weight restrictions.
Therefore, before you plan to bring your umbrella on your next flight and risk it being confiscated at the airport, it’s a good idea if we take a look at how the size restrictions vary by airline.
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Generally, if your umbrella does not exceed 22 inches, fits in the overhead bin or under the front seat, then you will have no problem bringing it on a plane.
- American Airlines
American Airlines state that any umbrella in your carry on should not exceed 22 inches in length.
When flying with Delta, any umbrella you plan to bring with you in your carry on should not exceed 22 inches in length.
Frontier Airlines state that an umbrella should not exceed 24 inches.
According to JetBlue, your umbrella should not exceed 22 inches in length, which is the standard carry-on limit.
Southwest carry-on bags are limited to 24 inches in length, which means that any umbrella you want to take on the plane should not exceed 24 inches.
Spirit Airlines state that an umbrella should not exceed 22 inches in length.
United Airlines also state that an umbrella should not exceed 22 inches in length.
Domestic vs. International Flights
Whether you’re flying domestically within the USA or internationally makes no difference.
As long as the length of the umbrella does not exceed the restrictions stated by the airline, you can bring an umbrella on a plane when flying both domestically and internationally.
You Can’t Bring Some Types of Umbrellas on a Plane
According to the TSA, when it comes to bringing any item through airport security, “the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”
This includes umbrellas.
So if your umbrella has a very sharp, pointed end, for example, it may be confiscated by a TSA agent.
However, it’s very unlikely that you will have a problem going through airport security to bring your umbrella on a plane.
Additionally, the umbrella will be inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.
An Umbrella is Neither a Carry-on or Personal Item
With US airlines, an umbrella is almost always considered neither a carry-on nor personal item, meaning that it won’t count towards your allowance.
Airline policies aren’t always as generous and lenient in other countries, though.
In any case, the size restriction for bringing an umbrella on a plane is the same as the restrictions for carry-on bags.
This means that an umbrella should fit in your carry-on bag, so won’t count towards your allowance.
The Best Type of Umbrella to Take on a Plane
Instead of bringing your huge golf umbrella, the best option is to take a foldable umbrella on a plane.
This is because it will easily fit in your carry on regardless of airline policy. Foldable umbrellas also don’t have pointed ends that may be confiscated by the TSA.
We recommend this one for travel.
Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.
Honored as one of "30 Under 30" by TTG Media (the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper), a "Tour Operator Travel Guru" and "Legend Award" winner, Ella is also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel, a Member of the Association of Women Travel Executives, has completed over 250 travel modules, and hosts travel-focused segments on national radio shows where she provides insights on travel regulations and destinations.
Ella has visited over 40 countries (with 10 more planned this year).