This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Updated 12/17/2015: Since last week, more airlines have definitively outlawed hoverboards from traveling with passengers. The big three – United, Delta and American – have officially banned passengers from packing hoverboards in both checked and carry-on luggage. American’s opinion has changed since December 1 (see original post below):

american hoverbaords

United, which didn’t have a clear answer of whether or not the devices were allowed, updated its policy as well. Its website now reads:

“In the interest of safety for our customers and employees, we do not accept hoverboards as checked or carry-on baggage.”

Southwest also banned the devices as of December 12, 2015:

southwest hoverboards

As for international and smaller airlines, many are jumping on the same policy. Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, easyJet, Etihad, Air France and KLM, among others, have banned hoverboards in both checked and carry-on luggage. It’s starting to look like it will become nearly impossible to find an airline that will allow passengers to take a hoverboard onboard. If you’re worried about not being able to bring your hoverboard with you when traveling, you might be better off shipping it to your destination – although the US Postal Service announced on December 16 it would stop shipping hoverboards by plane, effective immediately.

Original post:

If you’ve been in any crowded public spaces over the past few months, you’ve likely encountered a hoverboard — the two-wheeled Segway-like people mover that zooms around at speeds of up to approximately 12 mph. Recently, they were banned in New York City, and you may be familiar with the explosions and fires that have occurred as they’ve become more popular over the past few months. The devices, which are mostly manufactured overseas in China, are largely unregulated and many contain a lithium-ion battery. They’re available for purchase online and in stores and can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to more than $1,000, depending on the vendor.

This afternoon, Delta announced that it would no longer permit hoverboards on its aircraft due to safety concerns. This update is effective starting tomorrow, December 11, 2015, and includes both carry-on and checked luggage.

A hoverboard in action.
A hoverboard in action. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Some hoverboards reportedly contain batteries that exceed the government’s 160 watt hour limit that’s permitted aboard aircraft. Over the past few months, numerous airlines have developed different policies regarding the devices and whether or not they are permitted on board.

In addition to Delta, JetBlue and Emirates have explicitly stated that these devices are not allowed aboard aircraft — in either a carry-on or a checked bag. Other airlines like United say (at least in this tweet – answers seem to vary) that the devices are allowed, provided that they’re below the 160 watt limit and the battery is removed from the device.

Answers about whether hoverboards are allowed with American and United vary. Neither airline seems to have special rules and regulations that explicitly approve or prohibit them (again, as long as it adheres to the 160 watt limit). Of course, this could change if the carriers expand their policies and reevaluate whether hoverboards are safe for passengers. Regardless, if you plan on traveling with a hoverboard in the future, it may be worth a phone call to your carrier to confirm if they’re allowed.

H/T: Rene’s Points

Featured image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card



CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.