Are Two-Way Radios Allowed on Airplanes?

April 10th, 2017

Two-way radios are great to have on vacation! They’ll help keep your family connected, even if they go off in different directions. But can you fly with them? As you’re getting packed and ready for your flight, you may be wondering if you can bring your two-way radios on board. Here’s the information you need to have a safe, comfortable and hassle-free flight.

Taking Your Two-Way Radio on a Flight

Many families bring along two-way radios for communicating on a cruise ship, but airlines have their own rules and regulations, which have become stricter due to security concerns. Currently, TSA Guidelines do not list two-way radios as prohibited in either checked or carry-on luggage. However, pilots and other professionals (such as in this discussion in a radio forum), recommend that you put two-way radios in your carry-on luggage, so that you can explain what it is to the TSA agent. They might ask that you turn it on to prove that it is a working two-way radio. If it requires an operator’s license, bring it along.

Complex radio setups, such as “hacked” two-way radios or HAM radios with gel batteries, messy cords, wires and other accessories, should be left at home. If you need it, scale back your operation. Unusual electronic devices will make TSA agents very nervous. If a radio setup looks too much like a possible explosive device, you might be taken aside and questioned. A simple two-way radio set, however, should be fine.

Using Your Two-Way Radio on a Flight

For in-flight use, a two-way radio is the same as any other communications device, like a cell phone. When the captain says to turn off all electronic devices or set them to “airplane mode,” turn off and put away your two-way radios. Also, be considerate of fellow passengers by not using any device unless you can do so discreetly and quietly.

Two-Way Radios for Family Vacation Communication

When you reach your destination, two-way radios can be extremely useful, especially for a family on vacation. If various members head off in different directions at a theme park, while shopping or during a sightseeing trip, two-way radios can keep everyone in close contact. For a wide selection of radios designed for personal use, see Tech Wholesale’s Family Walkie-Talkies. As an Authorized Motorola and Kenwood Retailer, we offer the latest models at the best prices with personalized customer service.

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