It’s actually really easy to sneak marijuana on a plane and fly with weed here in the United States. Laws in most states are geared towards medical 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. Yes, just put it in your carry-on bag. That’s it. But you need Airport Security Approved smell proof bags.
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 carry on luggage. Yes, that’s right, simply put it in your bag and forget about it. But it must be in your carry on, do not put it in your normal checked in suitcase that goes under the plane in the cargo bay. They do 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 this legal or live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, such as California, Oregon, Washington or Colorado and that would also make this article legal information. This content is just for those who would rather just sneak the marijuana on the airplane instead of going through the hassle of an airport security checkpoint, even if it is legal. For instance you can fly anywhere in Oregon legally! Portland could care less about weed. It’s fully legal.
Flying with oils, wax, hash, vape cartridges, food, is all the same.
You can also fly with vaporizers in your carry on luggage.
You can also fly with edibles in your bags.
It is all organic material.
Bringing Weed On The Plane
If you are a legal California Medical Card carrier, then yes, you can transport a personal amount of 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 green will be confiscated by local authorities(if they are bored that day) and you will get a ticket and a court date in that city. 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 and now Oregon. All states where marijuana is legal by law for recreational use. Or medical states like California’s airports such as Oakland International Airport of San Francisco International.
The easiest way to not deal with airport security is to just not tell them you have weed. Put it in your carry on, inside something smell proof, glass jar, a baggie, in a sock if you’re paranoid and forget about it. The TSA does not open your carry on and the xray scanner can not see it. 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.
How The TSA Handles Marijuana:
If the TSA at your airport finds weed in your suitcase they will not be able to do anything. They can choose to report you to local authorities immediately.
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. You will end up with a court date without a real card.
This also does not work in all California cities. We’re talking Oakland and San Francisco here. I hear Los Angeles LAX is also run under these guidelines but you may want to check.
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 marijuana on you. Why go through the hassle if you can just sneak it on the airplane? They never find 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 looking 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. 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. I think because marijuana is organic it shows up orange and therefore invisible. I could be wrong but it makes the most sense. Don’t go hiding it in a metal or plastic tube. Don’t worry too much about smell. 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.
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.
Pretty much if you just place a legal amount of weed in a normal airtight bag and bury it deep within your bag of normal items such as socks and underwear, they likely will not find 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
Here we are on a whole new level. I would say the same rules apply when you are trying to sneak a pot cookie or dabs or any kind of THC concentrates on a plane, but some people need reassurance that you can indeed fly with pot brownies. 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! 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 leafs 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
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 anyways.
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 field work 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.