As I was packing for our first family international flight (to London UK), I wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed to make our overnight journey the most comfortable. As you know, those flights can be a little chilly - so I wanted to bring blankets for all of us. Naturally, I wondered...
In short: YES! According to the TSA you are allowed to both check a blanket in your luggage and to bring a blanket on a plane within a carry-on (and this also includes electric blankets). You can even bring your own blanket in your arms as you would a jacket or hat, without it counting towards your carry-on or personal item limits or paying any extra fees.
Is a blanket going to just take up valuable space I need for other items on my travel? As you know, airlines are trying to decrease the number of items and the size of the carry on bag which a passenger can take on the plane without paying extra fees. Nobody wants to pay more for luggage, so is carrying a blanket onto the plane going to add to this stress?
The best news is: a blanket is considered neither a personal item or a carry-on. Let me explain.
Airlines allow a person to usually carry on one personal item. A personal item is usually defined as a laptop, briefcase, purse. However, a blanket is not classified with these items.
In addition to a personal item, the passenger is allowed to take a jacket, a newspaper, a hat, a book, a blanket - a blanket! That’s right, a blanket is not considered a personal item, like a purse. So if you have room in your bag, put it there. If not, simply put it under your arm and the airline will see it as nothing different than you carrying your jacket.
There is really nothing stopping you from bringing your own blanket onto the plane. If you want to, you will never have to use (or buy) an airplane blanket again!
The best place to start to answer this question is to look at the supply & policies of the airlines regarding in-flight blankets:
You may have never heard of a kantha throw, but hundreds of people have told us it's the most versatile throw blanket to take with you anywhere. Kanthas are blankets that are handstiched from repurposed saris as a means to support the livelihood of women in need (read more about kantha).
I wanted to share this picture of our oldest daughter when she went to spend a month in Uganda.
I purchased two of the mini kanthas, one for her and one for her brother, and snuck them into their luggage at the last minute, unbeknownst to anyone. They were going to be flying alone to Uganda and I wanted them to have a security blanket for the — very — long plane flight.
The blankets were loved and appreciated not only on the plane, but also during their time in Uganda, when they used them as a blanket, a pillow, a picnic blanket, and more. As you can see here, she even used hers as a wrap when the weather got a bit chilly due to lots of rain. How beautiful!
Now that you know that you can bring a blanket onto a plane — and that it is not even considered a personal item, but fits in the category of jacket or hat — you will need to add one onto your checklist of things to bring! Happy travels!
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Add kids into these conversations, and there is an additional layer of hesitancy: kids can be notorious loud-mouths!