Can you take an umbrella on a plane?

If you are traveling to or from a country (or state) where rain is likely and you don’t want to get wet then being able to take an umbrella on a plane with you would be good.

You take an umbrella on a plane although it does depend on the size as some airlines won’t allow golfing type umbrellas. Folding umbrellas are always allowed in either carry on or checked bags.

Read on to find out more about what umbrellas you can take in detail as it is not as clear cut as you might imagine.

The airport security umbrella rules

The TSA state “Umbrellas are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.” which would seem to indicate that you can take any size or type of umbrella through airport security without a problem.

However, whether the airline you are flying with will allow you to take an umbrella on a plane is another matter. Although, depending on how you interpret it, they say “allowed in carry-on bag” which would perhaps suggest that you could not take a large umbrella through eg. a golfing umbrella or non-folding type of umbrella as that wouldn’t fit in your carry on bag. However, a folding umbrella is allowed.

Obviously you cannot take umbrellas with a sword in the handle. As stupid as it seems even pointing that out, people do try to take them through airport security.

Can you take an umbrella on a plane?

Large non-folding umbrellas

Many larger types of non-folding umbrellas often have a spike on the end. Golf umbrellas normally have these, for example, so you that can stick the umbrella in the ground while you take your shot. Since these would probably be considered as a potential weapon if taken on board, I would suggest that you do not take one unless in a checked bag (if it will fit).

Small folding umbrellas

My advice would be, if you need an umbrella where you are traveling to, then take a folding umbrella on a plane in your carry-on.

Having bought numerous folding umbrellas in the past, many of which didn’t last beyond the first slight breeze, I would say don’t buy one that is too cheap or light. You certainly get what you pay for with these.

Stroller umbrellas

If you are taking a stroller on board it will be allowed if it has a small umbrella. As strollers are usually taken from passengers as they reach the aircraft and stowed in the hold then if it is attached then that won’t be an issue anyway.

Best folding umbrellas

If you don’t have a folding umbrella then these three types are the most popular on Amazon:

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating

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  • The number 1 best seller on Amazon
  • This umbrella folds to only 11.5″ long and weighs less than 1lb so ideal for putting in your carry on bag
  • It has 9 resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs, which is more than most portable umbrellas
  • To prevent the umbrella turning inside out in gusts of wind the ribs are designed to flex a little
  • It comes in a range of colors
  • It also comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee so if anything goes wrong with the umbrella they will rend a replacement

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EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella w/Windproof Double Canopy Construction

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  • This umbrella uses a vented double canopy to prevent the wind turning it inside out
  • Fully automatic opening and closing
  • Folds to only 11 inches so ideal for your carry on bag
  • Stainless steel and fiberglass so wont rust
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee and a 90 day money back refund

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LifeTek Windproof Travel Umbrella

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  • Teflon double canopy construction
  • Auto opening and closing
  • Comes with a handy storage pouch
  • 12 inches when closed and weighs 17 oz
  • 2 year replacement guarantee

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John Parker

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