It’s actually really easy to sneak marijuana on a plane and fly with weed here in the United States. Yes, edibles too. Laws in most states are geared towards medical marijuana and now recreational marijuana so people have been asking if you can bring weed on an airplane legally or even sneak it on a plane without a medical card. Technically, yes, just put it in your carry-on bag. That’s it, you don’t have to get creative.
But you need to put it in something like an Airport Security approved smell proof bag. Then just throw it in with your clothes, socks, underwear, whatever. You can see from the security scan image that it won’t show up in the x-ray machine.
Legally, no, the TSA does not allow you to bring marijuana on the plane. However, they do not search for it or enforce the laws. They will simply call your local police department, where it may be legal. Read full details on the TSA site.
Flying With Marijuana / Weed
How you can you get past the TSA?
Airport Security can be a scary barrier to penetrate, but it’s actually extremely easy to just put weed in your carryon bag. Yes, that’s right, simply put it in your bag and forget about it. But it must be in your carryon, do not put it in your normal checked in luggage or suitcase that goes under the plane in the cargo bay. The TSA dose randomly search checked luggage before loading it onto the flight. Also no plastic bottles.
Legal Note: I am not promoting illegal drug smuggling by any means. I do assume you have a medical card, making marijuana legal for you or you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, such as California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada or Colorado. This article is for information or for educational purposes. For instance you can fly anywhere in Oregon legally! Portland police could care less about weed and the TSA is not even going to bother calling them to waste their time. It’s fully legal. While Federal laws still do not allow you to travel to other states with recreational marijuana, your state and local TSA may not care at all. They are not even looking for some random person flying with marijuana or a pot brownie.
Flying with marijuana, hash oils, dab wax, hash, vape cartridges, edible food, is all the same. You can also fly with vaporizers in your carryon bag. You can also fly with edibles in your bags, this may be the easiest to do. It is all organic material.
Bringing Weed On The Plane
If you are a legal Medical Card carrier, then yes, you can transport a personal amount of legalized marijuana with you in the airport and on the airplane. But you better have your valid verifiable card on you because if you can not prove this, the marijuana will be confiscated by local law authorities(if they are bored that day) and you will get a ticket and a court date in that city for possession of marijuana. This can depend on your state though. There are still states out there who will jail you for carrying marijuana as if it is a hardcore narcotic. Keep in mind we’re talking medical states and legal states, in which case you are not breaking the law.
In a medical state, it has been said if you are caught without a card they will take the weed, give you a ticket and let you catch your flight, no jail time. So far, all reports I have seen state they will not make you miss your flight over a little pot, card or not. Especially in a place like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and now California. All states where marijuana is legal by state law for recreational use. States like California’s airports such as Oakland International Airport, San Francisco International, Los Angeles International Airport.
The easiest way to not deal with airport security is to just not tell them you have weed. Put it in your carry on bag, inside something smell proof or vacuum sealed, a baggie, in a sock if you’re paranoid and forget about it. The drug dogs are not trained for marijuana but this is a precaution cause some good dank weed can be smelt by those around you if not sealed properly. The TSA security officers do not open your carry-on and the x-ray scanner cannot see medical cannabis or edibles because they are organic material like everything else in your luggage and will show up as orange nothing. Just don’t try and get clever and hide it in something like a shampoo bottle. You have to be careful with things like shampoo bottles because the FAA actually only allows for you to bring bottles up to 3.4 ounces in your carry-on luggage. Be sure to check federal flying laws.
How The TSA Handles Marijuana:
If the TSA officer at your airport finds weed in your suitcase they will not be able to do anything. They can choose to report you to the local authorities. That being said, Oakland Police(or San Francisco PD) handle marijuana laws loosely. With a valid California state-issued card you are fine because they follow state laws, not federal laws. From what I gather it must be CA State Verified and not some local medical club or doctors note. This also does not work in all California cities. I hear Los Angeles LAX is also run under these guidelines but you may want to check how their security officers handle medical or recreational cannabis. Update: This has changed for California, weed is now legal and you do not need a medical card to legally carry it on you. Local laws enforcers will not harass you and TSA is not searching for marijuana.
Hide It In Your Carry On Bag
It is recommended that you do NOT tell Airport Security or the TSA Agents that you have the medical or recreational marijuana on you. Why go through the hassle if you can just sneak it on the airplane? They never find it, they do not even search for it. You should put it discreetly in your carry on luggage and keep the card on you at all times so you may produce it to Airport Security if needed. Honestly, the chances of the TSA agents finding a small amount of weed in your carry on bag is very slim. It is reported by many that you can just put your pot in an airtight bag and put it with your socks or something. Don’t over think it.
The TSA states they are not even searching for marijuana and don’t really care. Even if they do accidentally find it, there is a chance they will not even alert local police officers in the current airport. It is a lot of work and they know it will result in nothing to a small ticket. They do not “search” for it, I think mainly because it shows up as an organic orange color in the scanner and is mostly invisible unless you try to hide it in something nonorganic. Blue would be synthetics like plastic, black metals and green more like thin plastics? Either way, the majority of the scan is orange, all organic materials. Notice you can’t see any clothes, socks, pants or shirts? It’s all the orange. Because marijuana and edibles are organic, they show up orange and therefore invisible. Don’t go hiding it in a metal or plastic tube. Use something smell proof, but if you see a drug-sniffing dog at the airport, they are trained in one thing only, explosives. Not your tiny amount of medical weed. If it is an international airport, they may be trained for cocaine as well.
Don’t Trigger A Search!
No liquids! These raise suspicion so just don’t. No open jars/bottles of shampoos. You can bring your toiletries, but use the TSA rules, put them in a separate clear bag, remove it from your carry on bag and put it in the bin so it does not trigger a search of your bag, or just put them in your checked baggage that goes under the plane. No laptops in your bag(this will get your bag opened up right there). They will remind you but take your laptop out and set it to the side of your bag or under it. However, they do not require you to take out your tablet so you could leave that in as a clutter distraction. I did forget to take my laptop out of my bag and the TSA officers made me go back through the scanner only to find nothing.
Pretty much if you just place a legal amount of weed in an airtight bag and bury it deep within your bag of normal items such as socks and underwear, they will not see it. Most people report this as the way to go. And if they do find it, just show them your card when the local police come. They will verify it online and let you go. But again a lot of people without cards use this method to sneak weed on a plane and it works for them. Comment and leave your experiences transporting weed below.
Flying With Edibles / Marijuana Food
Here we are on a whole new level. The same rules apply when you are trying to sneak a pot cookie, brownie, gummie bears, any kind of THC concentrates on a plane. This is even easier because it is just food, a snack, that’s that. It will not show up, just like when you took normal non-weed food on a flight last time. The only difference is it now has marijuana in the brownie. They can’t tell. But some people need reassurance that you can indeed fly with edibles such as pot brownies or gummie bears. In this case, it is even easier. It looks like food people! Just put it in your carry on bag, once in your assigned seat, pull it out and eat it! In front of them! Really, no one can tell you if a cookie, brownie, gummy bear or chocolate bar is laced with marijuana or not. Do not be paranoid. It may help if you have normal packaging and not some crazy weed leaves and medical wording. As for dabs, wrap it up, stuff it in a sock. Hash? Same thing. Treat it like normal flower buds. Read all of the above article and the comments below for peoples experiences flying with weed and sneaking edibles in an airport.
Flying With Vape Pens / Vaporizers / Hash Oil Pens
If you plan on flying with a vaporizer, you must put it in your carry on luggage. The TSA does not allow you to put the vape pen batteries in your checked luggage below the plane. There are too many poorly manufactured tank systems out there with low-quality batteries that could catch fire on the plane. So, bring it all with you in your luggage like normal.
Marijuana Legal In Several States
Of course now it’s completely legal in several US States and you don’t even have to worry about concealing it. But you still can / should because why go through the trouble?
Cannabis Legal States
Medically Legal States
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- North Dakota
- Washington DC
So as you can see, flying with weed just about anywhere is no big risk anyway.
Drug Smuggling In Oakland?
There have been some major bust(by random search chance) coming out of the Bay Area Airports. A recent one was 81 pounds!
If this is happening then you know it’s getting through all of the time undetected in large amounts. So fear not, follow the guidelines and fly high!
Landing In Another Airport With Weed?
Remember, just because you got on the flight at OAK, SFO or LAX does not mean the airport you landed in(or state) allows for medical marijuana so be very careful. Luckily I have not heard anything about people getting searched on the way out of an airport so you should be fine.
Drug Smuggling Via DHL
You could always mail your marijuana to your destination. This is very easy to get away with in small amounts.
Note: I am not claiming to be a final verdict or a set of laws regarding this topic and hold no legal responsibilities for your actions. This is just the information that I myself have come to conclusion with based on a lot of research including fieldwork studies put with online information.
Please comment below if you have more to add to the topic or your own personal experience with Airport Security. Specifically, if you have flown with weed on an International Flight from say Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, China or anywhere overseas.
Do not comment asking if you can sneak weed on an airplane one way or another. Read the article and comments for that answer.
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