Can You Bring A Speaker On A Plane? (And Other Important Things You Need to Know)

by John Sanderson
can you bring a speaker on a plane

What’s the worst part about being a frequent business traveler? You’re probably thinking, “Everything.” But let us qualify that by saying the worst part is the feeling of being locked up in a metal tube for hours at a time. The best thing about being a frequent business traveler? You’re probably thinking, “Frequent business travel.” But let us qualify that by saying the best part is packing light and leaving it all behind when you land back home on solid ground again. That said, there are plenty of positives to traveling for work as well. It gives you exposure to new destinations and new people, which can not only be invigorating but also lead to new business relationships and partnerships. So if you’re planning on hitting the skies again soon, read on for everything you need to know about bringing a speaker on a plane so you can enjoy your flights even more!

Can You Bring A Speaker On A Plane?

Yes, you can bring a speaker on a plane — just not in your carry-on luggage or in your checked bags. Your speaker will need to be stowed in your speaker-approved checked baggage. If you’re not sure whether or not your particular speaker is approved, you can use this helpful guide that outlines the rules and regulations for bringing speakers on a plane. Additionally, keep in mind that every airline has its own set of rules and regulations regarding what you can and can’t bring on a plane. There are also security regulations for bringing an electronic device on a plane that you need to be aware of. Basically, the rules are that you cannot bring an item that has more than 7 ounces of liquid in it and anything that is larger than 3.4 ounces needs to be removed from the packaging and placed in a separate bin for inspection.

How to Pack a Speaker on a Plane

Find a Speaker-Approved Carry-On Bag

If you’re bringing a speaker on a plane, you’ll need to find an approved carry-on bag. If your speaker is bigger than the carry-on bag, it will need to be packed in your checked baggage. The good news is that almost every airline has an approved carry-on bag size for speakers. The bad news is that there are some restrictions on what can go in these bags and what can’t go in them. So before you head out to the airport, make sure you know what you can and cannot pack in your speaker bag so you don’t get caught with your pants down when it comes time to check it!

Empty the Bag of Contents

Once you have found an approved carry-on bag, empty everything from the bag and place it all back into its original container or bring this on board with itself (if possible).

Put It Back Together Again

When you get to the airport, put everything back into its original container or place it all back into the same bag so that security doesn’t confiscate anything as part of their search process. If they do confiscate something from your bag and there are no other items of interest, then they will just keep everything else until after security has cleared everyone else through security — which could be hours later! So make sure everything goes back inside one piece or put all of your stuff back into the same bag.

Take It Out of the Bag When It’s Time to Go Through Security

Once you’re at security, take your speaker-approved bag out of the bin and place it in a bin that has “Baggage” on it. If you have something in your bag that is larger than 3.4 ounces, you will need to place it in a separate bin for inspection. You will be given an envelope with instructions on what to do with your speaker and any other items that are larger than 3.4 ounces. After you have taken everything out of the bag, put everything back inside and put the envelope back into your bag so they can take it off you when they clear everyone else through security.

Check Your Bag Again Before Leaving

Once all of the other bags have been cleared, check to make sure there isn’t anything suspicious in your bag before leaving the security area — even if all of those other bags were cleared before yours! If there is something suspicious, then a TSA agent will remove that item from your checked luggage and keep it until after everyone else has left security (or until they return to their original location). You can also check online or by calling customer service at any time during this process if you have any concerns about what might be inside your checked luggage or if something is missing from your carry-on bag.

Once You’re Outside of Security, Take Your Bag Out of the Bin

Once you’re outside of security and have cleared all of the other bags, take your bag out of the bin and put it on the belt for them to inspect. If there is nothing suspicious in your bag, then you can put it back into a bin that has “Baggage” on it — but don’t put anything else in there to confuse them (like other bags with your name on them).

Wait for Them to Clear Your Bag Before Putting It Back On the Belt

After they have cleared everyone else through security (which can take hours), they will come back to your checked luggage and look inside one last time before putting it back onto the belt with all of their other checked luggage. Then they will put that belt into another bin that has “Baggage” on it and give you instructions on what to do next (see below).

Take Your Bag Off The Belt When You’re Ready to Leave

Once you’ve been given instructions, take your bag off of the belt and place it back into its original container or bring this on board with itself (if possible). If you have something in your bag that is larger than 3.4 ounces, then place those items in a separate bin for inspection — as mentioned above. You will be given an envelope with instructions on what to do with your bag once you have cleared security (see below).

Put Your Bin Back On the Belt When You’re Ready to Leave

Once you’ve been given instructions, put your bag back onto the belt. You can put it back in the same bin with all of your other checked luggage or into a separate bin with “Baggage” on it (if they didn’t already put it there).

Watch What Happens to Your Bag Once It’s Outside of Security

Once your bag is outside of security and has been checked, there is nothing else you need to do before leaving that area. The only things that will happen after this point are: If you have anything larger than 3.4 ounces in your bag, then TSA agents will remove those items from your checked luggage and keep them until they leave security (or until they return to their original location). If you have anything smaller than 3.4 ounces in your bag, then TSA agents will remove those items from your checked luggage and keep them for up to 5 years (see below).

Wait for Them to Return Your Bag To You Before Leaving Security

After security has cleared everyone else through the checkpoint, they will come back and pick up all of their bags that are waiting out on the belt (this can take a while — especially if there is a long line). Once they are finished with all of those bags, then they will come back and pick yours up as well.

Best Speakers Brands

Bose

Bose is the best brand of speakers because they are the most famous and reliable company in the world. They have many different models of speakers and headphones, so you can find one that suits your needs.

Sony

Sony is also a very famous company which produces a lot of different products, but usually, they are not as good as Bose or other brands. Their speakers are not as powerful as Bose’s and they don’t have many models to choose from (but there are some).

Beats by Dr. Dre:

Beats by Dr. Dre is another famous brand that produces quality products at a reasonable price. Their products are often better than other brands, but their prices are slightly higher than Sony’s or Bose’s.

JBL:

JBL is also known for producing quality products at a decent price, but their prices are not always lower than those of Bose or Beats by Dr. Dre; sometimes they’re even higher (but still better than other brands). However, their speakers and headphones do have more options than those of other brands — so you can find something that suits your needs based on what you’re looking for in a speaker or a headphone.

Monster:

Monster is an American company that produces a lot of different products, but they are usually not as good as other brands. Their speakers and headphones are also not that great.

Sonos:

Sonos is another famous brand that produces quality speakers and headphones at a reasonable price. Their prices are slightly higher than those of other brands, but their products are better than others so you should choose them if you want something better than other brands.

Cambridge Audio:

Cambridge Audio is a British company that produces high-quality speakers and headphones at a reasonable price. Their products are better than other brands’ but their prices are slightly higher than other brands.

Philips:

Philips is an American company that produces quality speakers and headphones at a good price. Their products are not as good as those of other brands, but they’re still better than others (especially Beats by Dr. Dre).

Bottom Line

If you follow the rules and regulations for bringing speakers on a plane, you shouldn’t have any issues. However, if you don’t fully understand the rules and regulations for bringing speakers on a plane, you could end up with a lot more trouble than you bargained for. We hope you enjoyed our article on bringing speakers on a plane. Now that you know what to expect, you can enjoy your next flight even more!