Massage guns are one of the most popular massage devices on the market today. They’re light, portable, easy to carry, and can be used to treat a variety of different muscle issues. But what if you need to travel further afield? A question many travelers have is can you bring a massage gun on a plane? The answer is you can, but there are some rules and restrictions that you need to be aware of before boarding the plane with your device! The main reason for this is that they contain a lithium-ion battery. For safety, there are some basic rules surrounding how to fly with a product containing one.
Lithium batteries in baggage
Many travelers are unaware that it is illegal to carry lithium-ion batteries in checked luggage. They are flammable and can be a fire hazard if damaged. They can however be transported in your cabin baggage. Gadgets such as your cell phone, tablet or laptop computer, digital camera, portable gaming devices, and of course massage guns, all contain lithium-ion batteries. All should be transported in the cabin only. If you are not sure if something contains a lithium-ion battery, double check its label or contact the manufacturer for more information before packing it for travel! Spare lithium-ion batteries are also prohibited in checked baggage.
How do I know if my massage gun will be allowed on the plane?
If traveling in (or from) the USA, on the TSA website you can check which items you are allowed to bring on a plane. Massagers are allowed, although they don’t specify exactly what type of massagers. Massage guns aren’t specifically mentioned, but as they are massagers they should be allowed. If you want to make absolutely sure before you travel, you can take a picture of your device and send it to AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook for verification.
If you’re traveling from outside the USA on an international airline there may be different rules and restrictions for battery-powered devices and equipment. It’s always important to check the requirements of the airline you’re traveling on to ensure that you follow the rules regarding electronic devices.
Are there TSA approved massage guns?
Yes! Having researched numerous massage guns over the course of writing for this website, the only brand I’ve found that is TSA approved is Hyperice. Hyperice’s Hypervolt massage guns (the Hypervolt 2, Hypervolt 2 Pro and Hypervolt Go) can be taken on a plane when traveling. Just make sure to keep them in your carry-on bag. As we’ve already mentioned above, lithium-ion batteries (or products containing them) cannot be stowed in checked luggage. Hyperice’s products come with an international adapter which you can take with you when traveling internationally. Because it is TSA approved the Hypervolt is the massage gun of choice for those who travel regularly.
Can I bring a Theragun on a plane? The Theragun range by Therabody are NOT listed as TSA approved, however you should be able to travel with your device and accessories as long as they are in your carry-on luggage. Whether or not you will be allowed to take your Theragun through the checkpoint will be at the discretion of the TSA officer though.
What about other brands? All massage guns contain lithium-ion batteries, but should be permitted as long as you carry them in the cabin with you and DON’T check them in. Again, all decisions about whether or not you can carry an item through will ultimately lie with the security staff.
Why is it a good idea to take your massage gun with you when traveling?
Traveling can be stressful and tiring. A journey to the airport, sitting waiting at the airport for long periods of time, a long flight in a cramped airplane seat, and then an onward journey. It’s no wonder a passenger might feel stiff and sore after the experience. Using a massage gun can help to alleviate pain and stiffness, increase blood flow to the muscles, improve mobility and relieve stress. It’s the perfect device to carry with you on your travels.
Massage guns are also reasonably light (most only weigh around 2lbs) and very portable. Most come with travel cases for your device and accessories – charger, attachment heads etc. to make them even easier to carry. Whether you want to treat the muscles in your shoulders, back, legs, arms or almost any part of the body, you can use a massage gun.
So, are massage guns allowed on planes? Yes, the good news is that you should be able to travel with a massage gun on an airplane without any issues. Massagers ARE allowed by the TSA and most TSA officers will be very familiar with massage guns as many people bring them on board when traveling. Just in case though, be ready to take your massage gun out and demonstrate what it is and how it works! You could also point them in the direction of the manufacturer’s website if they want to know more.
Because massage guns contain a lithium-ion battery, you will need to carry the device in your carry-on luggage. For safety, they cannot be put in checked luggage. Most massage guns don’t have removable batteries so you can just carry your device in a backpack or carry-on bag. If you’re a frequent flier (and frequent massage gun user) you might want to purchase a massage gun from the TSA approved Hypervolt range. That way you can guarantee problem-free travel with your massager!
When traveling by air these days, it’s not just about what kind of bag or clothes we pack. We also have to think about how to carry our electronic accessories. Most people don’t want to leave their favorite gadgets at home when going abroad for a vacation or business trip. However, some items may pose safety risks onboard planes so it’s important to be aware of the relevant rules and restrictions.