Traveling can often be uncomfortable, especially on long-haul flights.
Also, when traveling with low-cost airlines and making a connection.
Whether you’re taking a red-eye flight or flying during the winter, you might be wondering if you can take a blanket on a plane. After all, having a cozy blanket can make a big difference in how comfortable you are during a flight, and between flights. But can you really bring a blanket on a plane?
1. Can You Take a Blanket on a Plane?
Yes, you can bring a blanket on a plane, just like any other piece of clothing. There are no special requirements or restrictions for blankets in your carry-on luggage. As long as they fit within the dimensions set by the airline.
The only aspect to consider is the allowance and weight of your carry-on. If it meets the requirements, you are all set to proceed.
2. Can You Take an Electric Blanket on a Plane?
When it comes to electric blankets, the situation is a little different. TSA does not restrict electric blankets in carry-on or checked bags, but airlines might have their own restrictions due to their electrical systems.
Therefore, while you may be able to bring an electric blanket through the security checkpoint, you may not be able to use it on the airplane, if that’s what you are bringing it for. Also, keep in mind that an electric blanket will require a power source, which may not be available on all flights.
If all you want is to transport electric blanket via airplane, then yes, mostly you’ll be fine. Again, the only aspect to consider is the allowance and weight of your carry-on and if the blanket fits into it.
3. Different Airlines Have Different Baggage Policies
These restrictions underline the importance of checking the specific baggage policies of your airline before packing your blanket to ensure it fits within the allowed dimensions.
3.1 Low-Cost Airlines
Several low-cost airlines in Europe, like Ryanair, easyJet, and Wizz Air, are known for their stringent policies on carry-on sizes. Ryanair, for instance, only allows a small bag that fits under the seat in front of you as part of their basic fare. A larger carry-on bag attracts an additional cost.
Similarly, easyJet allows only one carry-on bag with a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20 cm, including handles and wheels, while Wizz Air permits one free carry-on bag measuring up to 40 x 30 x 20 cm.
3.1 Full-Service Airlines and Economy Light
Full-service airlines are also tightening their baggage rules, particularly for ‘Economy Light‘ passengers. Airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, and SAS have specific regulations in this regard. British Airways allows ‘Economy Light’ (Economy Basic) passengers to have only free carry-on bag, all checked baggage costs extra. Lufthansa also allows just one carry-on bag up to 8 kg for its ‘Economy Light’ passengers. SAS allows one carry-on bag (up to 8 kg) and one small personal item in Economy Light class.
4. Security Checks Might be More Strict on Bulky Items
While blankets are allowed on planes, they do take up a lot of space, which might put them under more scrutiny during security checks.
If you’re flying with a bulky blanket, be prepared to have it inspected more carefully at the security checkpoint. To avoid any delays, make sure your blanket is neatly folded and easy to access so that security personnel can inspect it without any fuss.
5. Consider Packing a Foldable or Compact Blanket
If you’re trying to save space in your carry-on luggage or you’re unsure if your blanket meets the airline’s dimensions requirements, consider packing a foldable or compact blanket. These blankets are designed to fold in on themselves or come with a compact storage bag, making it easier to pack them away and carry them around without taking up too much space.
You can even find blankets that double as pillows or neck support for added convenience. Nowadays there’s some really cool travel gear out there.
6. Bring a Clean Blanket for Hygiene Reasons
Finally, if you’re bringing a blanket on a plane, be sure to bring a clean and fresh one. When it comes to your comfort, and the comfort of those around you, it’s important to bring a clean and easily washable blanket on a plane.
Airplanes can be dirty environments, so having a blanket that can be easily cleaned will ensure a fresh and comfortable experience. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy your journey knowing that your cozy blanket is always ready for your next adventure (after a quick and easy wash).
Remember to consider the airline’s policy, pack a clean blanket, and opt for a compact, foldable option to save space. With the right blanket on hand, you’ll be able to settle in for a comfortable and cozy flight.
Featured photo by Jason Toevs