Can You Bring a Massage Gun on a Plane

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Updated: 15.06.2022

Airline traveling is never an easy task. With rigorous security measures, prolonged immobility in a confined space, and possible turbulent weather, it’s hard to relax when you’re tens of thousands of feet in the air.

That’s why you will be delighted to find out that, yes, you can indeed bring a massage gun on a plane. Flight security regulations allow you to bring one, but you’ll need to keep it with you, pack it in your carry-on bag, but not your checked luggage

What FAA and TSA Say – Legal Regulations

Even though it contains the restrictive word “gun,” the term massage gun indicates a harmless device used for health purposes.

Cameras Checking PeopleCredit: Unsplash

Massage devices of all kinds are allowed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA); in fact, the TSA is very familiar with massage guns as many passengers always bring them on board. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a very similar stance on the matter as both agencies collaborate closely on issues regarding passenger safety. Still remember, due to safety limitations, you must keep the massage gun in your carry-on bag. 

This is mainly because of its lithium battery.

Why Do You Need a Massage Gun on a Flight: Possible Risks of Long Flights

There are a number of reasons why you should consider bringing a massage gun with you on your next travel through the skies:

Headaches attributed to airplane travel are an intense pain that often occurs upon landing. The orbitofrontal cortex is usually the area affected. Massaging this area as you are about to land is a great way to mitigate and even prevent this pain.

Motion sickness occurs when the movement you see differs from what your inner ear is experiencing. This electrical miscommunication results in vomiting and a general feeling of wooziness. 

Your massage gun can save you from this terrible sensation by applying it to the area behind your ear. By stimulating that area, you can reduce the discombobulation within your ear.

Airplane travel is always stressful. Doing whatever you can to settle in is necessary to have an enjoyable flight. This is where your massage gun plays its role best.

The Risk of Deep Vein TrombosisCredit: Unsplash

In worst case scenarios you may suffer from Deep Vein Trombosis (DVT) or as we call blood clot.

The risk for DVT is 3-12% in long-distance journeys and the risk is increasing if you are male and older than 40. Regular massage and stretching can reduce the risk of blood flow related problems .

How Do You Travel with a Massage Gun

Massage guns have lithium-ion batteries inside of them. They are highly flammable, especially when damaged. It is illegal to carry lithium-ion batteries in your checked luggage.

Lithium-ion Battery for Theragun Pro

Therefore, you should declare that you have a massage gun with you and keep it in your carry-on bag if you want to bring it on a flight. 

Lithium Batteries in Baggage

Under no circumstances can lithium batteries be transported in the baggage area of a plane. 

It doesn’t matter if they are inside a phone, laptop, massage gun, tablet, digital camera, or even a gaming device

The lithium battery can be damaged and then cause a fire. Flight security regulations prevent this from occurring. 

So, if you have a damaged massage gun please don’t bring it to your flight as TSA indicates that “The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”

How do You Remove the Massage Gun Battery

Removing the lithium-ion battery from your massage gun is a straightforward process. All you must do is hold down the battery release button, which is often located on the handle. 

Then pull the handle outwards, and the battery will be exposed. Simply take it out and push the handle back into place.

Removing the Theragun Battery

A Theragun massager will have the battery release button on its underside but still near the handle. Battery life is shown on the small led screen when the device is turned on.

Removing Theragun Battery

To remove the battery you just need to press the circular release button above the battery slot and pull the battery out.

Removing the Hypervolt Battery

Hypervolt has a 24V lithium-ion battery. The battery release button is located near the top of the handle, practically on the massager itself.

Removing Hypervolt Battery

To remove the battery, all you need to do is lightly press the battery release button with your thumb and pull down the battery part of the massage gun.

Traveling with a Massage Gun: Difference between Domestic and International Flights

When flying within the United States, the rule for bringing a massage gun on a plane is a 100% yes. You can carry your massage gun with you unless it has any damaged parts.

When flying from another country, the rules may differ, but luckily the flight rules are quite common internationally. 

However, some countries may want the massage gun within your checked-out bag but the lithium battery in your carry-on bag. We even found several times that the metal detector and security personnel gave travelers in European airports hard times. So, be cautious and ready for long waits and questioning sometimes.

Final Words

Luckily, the rules for flying with a massage gun are not complicated at all. 

Yes, you can bring a massage gun on a plane, but flight security regulations state that we must have an undamaged item and keep it within our carry-on bag. 

This is because of the danger of bringing a lithium battery on a plane. One must never forget that due to unfortunate events that have occurred before, bringing a highly flammable object onto a plane is a touchy subject. 

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