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Can You Bring Wallet Chain on a Plane?

Like so many fashion accessories from the nineties, wallet chains are slowly making a comeback. But contrary to bucket hats and baggy pants, these chains are not only classy but very useful too.

They typically comprise a trifold or bifold wallet with a sturdy chain fastened to it. While it looks trivial, this simple addition of a chain adds massive convenience. It gives you quick access to your wallet- so you don’t have to start digging into your pockets.

Given how useful it is, it is no wonder many travelers wonder, “are you allowed to bring a wallet chain on a plane?”

The short answer to this is a resounding yes. Here are the guidelines provided by the TSA:

Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

This means that the TSA allows passengers to pack their wallet chains either in their carry-on or checked bags. However, this will also depend on the TSA officer you’ll find at the airport. If he/she deems it a risk item, they have the right to confiscate it. 

But for the most part, you’ll be permitted to bring your wallet chain onboard. Question is, what’s the best way to carry it?  Read on to learn more. 

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How to Pack a Wallet Chain for Travel

If you’d really like to carry your wallet chain to a plane, you have two options. One, you can choose to pack it in one of your bags. Or, you can simply wear it.

Wearing the wallet chain is the safest option. It lets you keep a close eye on the chain at all times. This then means that you don’t have to worry about it getting lost, or wrecked. 

However, if you’re scared that it might attract a bit of attention, you can keep it in your carry-on bag instead.  

But before you put the chain in your carry-on, you may want to place it in a jewelry roll organizer, pouch or travel case first. This helps to keep it safe, which is particularly important if you’re packing a ton of other items in your carry-on bag.

And the good thing is that most of these jewelry storage units are designed with compartments. This allows you to store your wallet chain individually so it doesn’t get tangled with other jewelry items like necklaces. 

As for the wallet, you should have it on your person at all times. If you have to keep it in your carry-on, then store this bag in a spot where you can see it.  

Is a Wallet Chain Allowed Through Airport Security?

Yes, it is. However, there’s a good chance that you’ll be asked to remove it for screening. TSA states the following: 

When it comes time to walk through the checkpoint screening equipment, travelers need to remove all items from their pockets. When doing so, put those items (keys, wallet, cell phone, lip balm, etc.) directly into your carry-on bag instead of into the checkpoint bin to reduce touchpoints between your belongings and the bins.

This means that even though you can go through the security checkpoint while wearing your wallet chain, the best thing to do is to put it in your carry-on bag.

If you anticipate getting delayed, you may want to check in early. This way, you’ll have enough time to sort out any issues that arise so you can still board your plane in time. 

Final Thoughts

Wondering whether it’s legal to carry your wallet chain on a plane? Thankfully, you are allowed to bring it onboard.  

The TSA allows travelers to pack it either in their carry-on or checked bags. But for maximum safety and an easy screening process, we recommend keeping it in your carry-on. This way, you can keep a close eye on it and not have to worry about losing or accidentally damaging it during the boarding process. 

Hayden Wall

Hayden is the founder of Travel Gear Discounts and tries to vacation as much as possible. He loves finding the latest travel accessories that will make getting out easier and planning the perfect weekend getaway.