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Magnet Toys in the Plane: What is Allowed?

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Is magnetic toys allowed on the plane?

It is allowed to take magnetic toys with you in your hand luggage, because the magnets are not strong enough to cause any disturbances in the aircraft equipment. They are also not dangerous and can be taken along just like other toys.

In this article I will tell you everything about the allowed magnetic toys on the plane and what you should pay attention to.

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Are magnetic toys allowed on the plane?

If you're flying soon and you're busy preparing for your trip, you may be wondering if magnetic toys are allowed on the plane. Below you will find the answer to this question and more information about which toys you can and cannot take on board.

What Are Magnetic Toys?

Magnetic toys are toys that contain magnets. This can vary from magnetic booklets to magnetic toy blocks such as the popular Magformers or Magna-Tiles. There are also magnetic drawing blocks on which children can make drawings and wipe them away again.

Which toys are not allowed on the plane?

There are a number of toys that are not allowed on the plane. These include toy guns, confetti cannons and other items that could be considered dangerous.

What else do you need to know?

  • Make sure you put the toy in a bag or pouch so you can easily find it in your luggage.
  • Keep in mind that not all fellow travelers appreciate it when your children play with noisy toys.
  • If you are unsure whether the toy is allowed, please contact the airline.

In short, magnetic toys are allowed on the plane if the toy fits in your luggage and is not too heavy. Be sure to put the toy in a bag and check airline rules beforehand. This way your child can have fun during the flight and everyone stays happy!

When we were traveling through Asia with our son, we flew several times with magnetic tiles in our hand luggage and with different airlines.

Although it was allowed everywhere (eventually), we still had to wait a while almost every time to check the hand luggage when boarding.

The magnet tiles always go off in the scanning device, and most of the employees aren't sure if it's allowed or not, so they'll probably do some research.

The longest we had to wait for an answer before we could continue was 20 minutes.

So while it's allowed and we've never had to leave them behind on the 18 flights we've taken, it's recommended that you put them in your hold luggage so you can get on.

Waiting that long is not really fun with a child.

Can magnetic tiles be taken on board the plane?

Magnet tiles are small, but very powerful consumer magnets that can be used for all kinds of purposes. They are not necessarily dangerous, but they can do harm if not used properly. That is why rules have been drawn up for taking items in hand luggage. Magnetic tiles are allowed on board the aircraft, provided they are properly packaged and fit within the baggage rules.

How do you safely take magnetic tiles with you?

To prevent magnet tiles from damaging other items in your luggage, it is important to pack them properly. Below you will find a number of tips:

  • Pack the magnetic tiles in a sturdy box or case.
  • Make sure that the magnet tiles cannot move in the packaging.
  • Put the packaging in your hand luggage so that you can keep a close eye on it.
  • Put them all together so you can easily take it out when checking.


Magnetic toys are a great way to get kids on a journey. However, it is important to check that the toy fits within the airline's baggage requirements and pack it properly so that it does not damage other baggage.

If you take all this into account, then it is definitely allowed on the plane!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.