Fidget toys like fidget spinners and fidget cubes have become increasingly popular over the past few years. These small toys are designed to channel nervous energy and stimulate the senses through repetitive motions. Many people find them helpful for managing anxiety, ADHD symptoms, autism, or just as an outlet for excess energy.

With the rise in popularity of fidget toys, more people are wondering if they can bring them on airplanes. Since fidget toys involve motion and spinning, some travelers worry they may not be permitted during flights due to safety concerns. However, in most cases, fidget toys are perfectly allowed on airplanes.

The TSA’s official stance is that fidget spinners and cubes are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. They do not classify these toys as prohibited items. As long as your fidget toy does not contain anything banned (such as liquid over 3 ounces), it is cleared for takeoff. The TSA warns that some items may require additional screening, but fidget toys themselves are not prohibited.

Major US airlines like American, Delta, and United also allow fidget toys on their flights. Their websites state that these toys are permitted as long as they fit within your lap or within your seatback pocket when not in use. Essentially, you need to keep your fidget toy contained to your personal space and avoid disturbing those seated around you. Spinning or playing with your fidget toy is fine during the flight, as long as it doesn’t intrude on others’ space.

While fidget toys are allowed on planes, there are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Metal fidget spinners may need to be placed in a bin for screening during the security process. Be prepared to take it out separately.
  • Use your fidget toy respectfully during the flight and keep the motion within your own seat area. Be considerate of your neighbors.
  • Toys that make audible clicking or electronic sounds may not be permitted if they become a distraction. Opt for silent fidget toys out of courtesy.
  • Don’t let your fidget toy roll away down the aisle, as this can create a safety hazard. Keep it contained within your personal space.
  • Be attentive to crew instructions. If asked to put your fidget toy away, comply promptly.
  • Avoid using your fidget toy during sensitive flight times like takeoff and landing.

With just some simple courtesies, you should have no issues bringing your fidget toy onboard your next flight. They can be excellent tools for managing stress or anxiety during air travel. Just be mindful of the rules and you’ll be able to fidget away at 30,000 feet!