Can You Bring Crystals On A Plane?

Last Updated on February 19, 2022

Traveling with crystals isn’t very difficult.

But there is one thing that you should be aware of if you want to take large crystals on a plane.

Let’s take a look at the rules.

TSA Crystals Rules

The Transportation Security Administration runs the airport security checkpoint at the airport. Their rules determine whether you can or can’t take crystals on planes.

But the TSA doesn’t specifically mention crystals on their website.

So I checked out Twitter to find you a crystal clear answer. Ba-boom tish!

Jordan asked if he could take this large crystal on his flight:

The TSA answered:

Crystals aren’t specifically mentioned on our prohibited items list for carry-on bags. However, our officers have the discretion to not allow an item through security if it triggers an alarm during the screening process or poses other security concerns based on its size and weight. Due to the discretion of our officer, it’s recommended that you place the item in a checked bag.

@AskTSA on Twitter

So what does that mean:

You can pack a crystal on carry-on luggage unless it’s so big that you could use it as a bludgeon. All weapons are prohibited from carry-on luggage, any crystal that you could whack someone over the head with, or that had a sharp edge that could be used to cut will not make it past the airport security checkpoint.

Any small crystals that could not be perceived as weapons are permitted in both carry-on luggage and checked luggage.

So for example, I doubt that this crystal spearhead would be permitted on to the plane:

When Robert asked about bringing these small crystals on the plane:

The TSA simply answers, “Small crystals are allowed in carry-on bags”.

Still Unsure? Ask The TSA

If this post didn’t answer your question, or if you just want to double-check, you can ping @AskTSA a message on Twitter and they’ll get back to you.

Deborah asked the TSA if she could pack a crystal ball in her carry-on:

I must say, I’m a little disappointed that the crystal ball didn’t give the answer. But regardless, the TSA social media team stepped in to predict the future, “Crystal balls are allowed in carry-on bags”.

Dennis wanted to take a quartz crystal in his hand luggage:

The TSA gave him a green light to pack a quartz crystal in carry-on bags.

Kimishka asked about bringing an amethyst crystal on the plane:

And the TSA answered, “amethyst crystals are good to go in carry-on bags”.

And they told this passenger that “generally, crystals are good to go in carry-on bags”:

Freckles asked about these crystals, worried that they’d be mistakes for simple rocks:

But the TSA replied that her small crystals would be permitted on the flight.

DJ asked if he could bring crystal candlestick holders in his carry-on:

The TSA social media team replied that he could.

They’ve obviously never played the board game Clue (Cluedo). Everyone that has knows that a candlestick can sometimes be used as a weapon.

If the TSA agent at the checkpoint thought that those crystal candlesticks were too heavy they would not be permitted onboard!

Aida asked about transporting crystal glass:

Crystal glass in allowed in your carry-on bag.

Rainbow flame crystals are not permitted in your carry-on bag, but you can pack them in checked luggage.

The Verdict

You can pack crystals in carry-on bags providing that they are not too heavy or sharp. You can freely pack crystals in checked luggage.

It’s probably better to pack any crystals in carry-on baggage rather than checked baggage since occasionally things are stolen from checked bags.

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