Xbox and controller - Can I bring my Xbox or PS4 game console on a plane?

If you’re looking to travel, you might have a jam-packed itinerary. But even on vacation, it can be good to take a little break. Who knows, you might have some free time on your trip when you could play your console.

If this sounds like you, you might be asking yourself: can I bring my PS4, Xbox, or other game consoles on a plane? It’s a common question that many people ask when they are packing for their next vacation.

The short answer is yes. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), you can pack your console in your checked luggage or carry on. You should check with your airline before packing your console and going through security. All airlines will ask you to remove your console and put it in a bin to go through x-ray screening.

Ask TSA - can I bring my PS4 as a carry-on?

Now you know that you can bring your PS4 and Xbox on a plane. But, you still might be thinking: what’s the best way to pack my console? What about controllers and games? Are those allowed? We’ll go over these questions and more in this article.

Can you bring a PS5 on a plane?

Yes, you can bring a PS5 on a plane. It’s allowed either in your carry on or checked baggage. A TSA agent will likely ask you to remove the console for x-ray screening. It won’t matter if a game is in the console or not, as CDs do not interfere with the x-ray technology.

Can video games go through airport security?

Yes, video games can go through airport security. The TSA allows for games to be packed in your carry-on or checked baggage. We recommend leaving your video games in checked baggage as you won’t be able to play the game while on the plane. As long as you have the appropriate case for your games, they should stay in good condition during air travel.

Is a PS4 allowed in check in baggage?

Yes, PS4s are allowed in checked baggage. You can pack your PS4 in checked baggage or carry it on a plane. We recommend carrying it on a plane because it can be fragile. If you carry your PS4 on a plane, you have more control over potential damages.

Do you have to take your Xbox out at the airport?

Yes, the TSA requires that electronic items larger than a cell phone must be taken out and screened separately. Make sure your gaming console is easily accessible when you approach airport security. You don’t want to hold up the line or irritate TSA agents.

Can I bring video game controllers on a plane?

Ask TSA - can I bring gaming controllers on a plane?

Yes, video game controllers are allowed on a plane, according to the TSA. Since they have fragile buttons and joysticks, it’s best to carry them on a plane. That way you’ll reduce the risk of damage en route to your destination.

Tips for Carrying Your Xbox or PS4 on a Plane – How to Travel with a Game Console

Make sure that your game console is easily accessible before arriving at airport security.

This is the most important tip on the list. The TSA requires that you remove your gaming console from your carry-on bag. You’ll need to set it in the plastic bins for x-ray screening. It’s alright if your PS4 or Xbox has a game in it. But make sure that you can take it out in just a few seconds when you make it to airport security. You don’t want to hold up the line!

Also, make sure that other electronics larger than a cell phone are easily accessible. You’ll have to send these through screening as well. Just get all your electronics loaded on the conveyor belt at once for a smooth experience at the airport.

Bring your PS4 or Xbox in your carry-on bag.

If you are flying with a game console, make sure it is in your carry-on bag. This isn’t required but it will reduce the risk of damaging your console.

If possible, it’s even better to bring it in a backpack that you can put under your seat.

In some cases, airplanes will run out of space in the overhead bins. If that happens, your overhead luggage might be sent to the airplane cabin with the rest of the checked luggage. You don’t want to be in that situation since your game console could break during travel.

But if your console is in your backpack, you can keep it with you at all times.

If you pack your PS4 in checked baggage, pack it around some clothes to protect it during travel.

In my experience, packing your PS4 in checked baggage works fine. I pack my PS4 around clothing or pillows so that it doesn’t move around during travel. It keeps the game console nice and snug. Then you can save space in your carry-on bag for items that you could use on the plane. That might include books, snacks, or other electronics.

But the decision is ultimately up to you! You can’t really go wrong.

Take a look at the video below for some tips on how to travel with your PS4 or Xbox.

One traveler had an unopened PS4 console and was wondering if they could bring it on a plane. 

AskTSA - can I bring an unopened PS4 on a plane?

Here’s what the TSA had to say.

AskTSA Response - unopened gaming consoles are allowed in carry on bags.

An unopened PS4 console does not require x-ray screening, but this decision rests with the TSA agents. In some cases, they may ask you to open the box. To avoid any hassle, check with the airline’s website or call them up. Then you can verify if you can bring a new game console on a plane.

Recap

That wraps up our article on ‘can I bring my Xbox or PS4 game console on a plane?’ In short, you can bring your game console in carry-on bags or checked baggage. But make sure you remove your game console before going through airport security.

Hopefully this article was helpful for you as you get ready for your trip. For more packing tips, check out the articles below.

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