When you’re traveling, your favorite pair of sunglasses are essential! But how can you be sure that they’ll survive your travels, and with the ever-changing TSA rules, you may be wondering if sunglasses are even allowed on planes anymore. Here’s everything you need to know about traveling with sunglasses.
Are Sunglasses Allowed on Planes?
Short answer: yes.
You may need to take them off when going through security before boarding the plane so TSA you can make sure you are who you say you are. If they have enough metal, they could also set off the metal detector if you have them on your person when you pass through.
You’re also free to wear them. Since sunglasses block light, good for sitting in a window seat (or if someone refuses to shut their window and your face gets blasted with sun beams).
If you have trouble sleeping on planes because of bright light, a comfortable pair of sunglasses can do wonders in allowing you some shut eye.
How to Pack Sunglasses
According to the TSA website, you are allowed to bring sunglasses in your carry-on or checked baggage.
However, unless you have a strong carrying case, this may not be the best place to pack your sunglasses. They can easily be crushed by other items in your luggage in your carry-ons.
And if you check them, there is a chance they could be lost or damaged! That’d be a terrible fate to befall your favorite pair of Ray-Bans, Oakleys or Pradas. Good luck trying to get their airlines to reimburse you for your nice sunglasses.
Your best bet is to get a sunglasses case to protect them. If you don’t have one, keep your sunglasses on you or at the top of your bag.
Are Glasses Allowed in Passport Photos?
According to the US Department of State you are not allowed to wear any glasses in passport photos. This includes sunglasses and eyeglasses.
However, the site does note that if you need to wear glasses for a medical condition, you can do so if you have a note from your doctor.
Do you have any advice for traveling with sunglasses? Do you have a favorite pair that you take on every trip? Let us know in the comments!