The rice cooker is a staple for many people. It’s the perfect appliance to make rice and other rice-based dishes, but it can also be used as a slow cooker or warmer.
So, now you want to take that rice cooker with you on your flight?
You can, but you need to follow TSA guidelines for rice cookers on the plane. I want to explain the TSA guidelines for bringing rice cookers on a plane. Believe me! You don’t want to learn it the hard way.
TSA guidelines for taking a rice cooker the plane
The TSA says that as long as the rice cooker weighs less than 12 pounds and fits in your carry-on bag, then there are no restrictions! There are some rice cooker from Zojirushi and Cuckoo that are extremely lightweight. That being said, there are some tips we should go over before boarding with a rice cooker.
First, you need to know where rice cookers are allowed. The TSA allows rice cookers in both carry-on bags and checked baggage (with certain restrictions). As long as the rice cooker is empty, clean, and dry then it’s considered safe for air travel.
Second, there are some things that you can’t do with rice cookers. The TSA says that you can’t turn on rice cookers during a flight or even use them to heat up your meal. In addition, rice cooker bags are only allowed if they’re transparent and easier for the security personnel to see what’s inside of it.
Finally, rice cookers aren’t safe in checked baggage under all circumstances. If rice cookers are empty or partially full then they’re allowed, but if rice is inside of the cooker (regardless of how much rice there is) then it can’t be in your checked baggage because rice poses a threat to TSA’s x-ray machines and other security equipment used at airports.
Should you carry a rice cooker on the plane
Now that we have a clear answer about could we take a cooker on the plane or not, we need the answer should we take the rice cooker on the plane with us.
You can certainly have one in your carry on luggage. However, forget about using its power requirements would probably overwhelm what the poor airplane could supply. Modern aircraft assume you’re not going to plug anything that requires more than 5 volts and 2 amps (like a tablet).
Power consumption on an aircraft is tightly controlled and engineered which means even though dinner may taste better when it arrives at your destination-it’ll still come out lukewarm due to scented candles being lit during takeoff/landing!
So, rice cookers on plane: yes or no? You can certainly bring a rice cooker with you on your flight. The TSA guidelines for bringing rice cookers on the plane were outlined above and generally speaking they’re allowed in both carry-on baggage and checked luggage (with some exceptions). Some of these rules also apply to slow cookers and pressure cookers.
However, it’s not advised to use rice cookers on planes because rice can easily be used to conceal bombs or other dangerous items. You should also avoid using rice cookers during takeoff and landing. That being said, rice cooker bags are allowed as long as they’re transparent so TSA personnel can see what’s in it.