The official answer is yes. If you’re travelling by plane, the law states that taking a tennis racket with you is fine. In the US, the guidance from the TSA and in the UK from the government website, is that tennis rackets can be taken into the cabin with you, or checked in and placed in the hold with your suitcase.
Under TSA rules, individuals are allowed to carry tennis rackets on board as hand luggage. Equivalent agencies worldwide ( like the EU) also accept tennis rackets as a carry-on items. Therefore, be advised that it is up to the individual airlines whether or not you can carry rackets with you.
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Spoiler alert: For most airlines, tennis rackets are too long to fit the cabin baggage dimensions if they are enforced to the letter. However, as with many aspects of air travel, there is some nuance around which class you are flying in and the stance of the staff you encounter that makes the situation less black-and-white than it may appear at first glance.
Tennis Rackets. Carry On Bags: Yes. Checked Bags: Yes. For more prohibited items, please go to the 'What Can I Bring?' page.
Tennis rackets are allowed in your carry on bag,however you could save a lot of anxiety if you would check your airline carry on size before taking your Tennis racket onboard. Some airline are more friendly with sporting equipment and that won’t cause too much hassle, others may make the process a bit hard.
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Issues with Carrying Tennis Rackets in Airplanes. As you may notice, most flights’ carry-on regulations do not specifically include tennis rackets. The length of rackets is the most problematic when flying. Most tennis rackets are 27 inches in length, which is longer than the majority of permitted carry-on luggage.
Most tennis rackets will comply with airlines baggage rules regarding size and weight - but it's definitely best to check with the specific airline you are flying with. The more important question is, do the airlines include rackets as a prohibited cabin bag item?
The brochure quite explicitly says that tennis rackets are fine on-board. However, there's this blog post which clubs tennis rackets together with golf clubs, baseball bats, spears, bows and arrows and likes. So the score is 2 against 1.