Can airport scanners see weed?


TSA Marijuana Rules

In the United States, the Transportation Security Administration is tasked with keeping flights safe for passengers. They were set up to protect against potential threats to aviation and passengers.

And let’s be clear. Your little doobie isn’t a potential security threat that TSA agents should be concerned about.

When TSA security officers search carry-on bags at airport security they are firstly looking for weapons that could be used to wreak havoc on the plane.

And they are also looking for liquids in large quantities because liquids can be flammable and make planes fall out of the sky.

So… The TSA are not specifically looking for weed. Sounds good right?

But there’s one small catch…

If the TSA finds any marijuana in your carry-on or checked bag they will report it to the local law enforcement.

That’s because weed is still illegal under federal law.

Crucially airports operate under federal authority, no matter what state you are in. The TSA have a duty to report any federal crime to a local law enforcement officer.

For the TSA, it doesn’t matter where you are flying from or where you are flying to. They will report you if they find weed in your luggage.

Flying With Weed In Carry On Luggage

Beezy was flying with weed within California state and assumed it would be fine…

But the TSA advised her that “travelers must comply with federal law” when flying with marijuana and cannibis-infused products. And just to be clear, I’ll say it again, federal law says no!

Bringing Weed On A Plane In Checked Baggage

You don’t want to end up like D’Angelo Russell who got busted by the port authority for possession after they got a call from the TSA.

If it can happen to the rich and famous it can happen to you!

He packed some pot in his checked luggage inside a fake Arizona Iced Tea can.

These fake containers are probably the worst place to try to sneak weed on a plane because the TSA officers will be familiar with them and be compelled to check what is hiding inside.

Someone tried to hide this hash in a shampoo bottle in checked baggage. If the TSA see anything strange looking they will investigate, not because they are looking for dope, but because it might be something more sinister.

Unfortunately, once they discover drugs they have a duty to report them to the police.


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Ibuprofen, vitamins and other OTC items

Over-the-counter pills and vitamins are OK to pack in your carry-on luggage. On the other hand, pourable liquid vitamins that aren’t medically prescribed fall under the 3-1-1 rule and must be in containers less than 3.4 ounces or packed in your checked baggage.

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Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.

No harm to people or baggage from radiation 

The radiation from security scanners is not harmful to people or baggage. 

“A scanned item is exposed to a radiation dose of roughly one micro sievert, which is the equivalent of the dose of cosmic background radiation you’re exposed to during an hour’s flight at ten kilometres’ altitude”, says Pekkanen. 

“That’s ten times smaller than the dose from a dental X-ray”, illustrates Halonen. 

Baggage on its way to the cargo bin is screened with machines that are slightly more powerful but equally harmless. 

“The whole tunnel in the machine is lined with lead, so practically no radiation can escape it. Moreover, X-rays don’t contaminate scanned items”, Halonen explains.  

According to Pekkanen, there is effectively no ordinary baggage that could be harmed by X-ray scanning. There is one exception to this rule: 

“With highly sensitive photographic or cinematographic film, there is a slim risk of damage. If you’re carrying film with a high ASA number, it’s a good idea to pack it in your hand baggage and to mention about it to security officers before the screening. Ordinary film will not be damaged by the scanner”, he says.  

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Flying With Edibles / Marijuana Food

Here we are on a whole new level. The same rules apply when you are trying to sneak a pot cookie, brownie, gummie bears, any kind of THC concentrates on a plane. This is even easier because it is just food, a snack, that’s that. It will not show up, just like when you took normal non-weed food on a flight last time. The only difference is it now has marijuana in the brownie. They can’t tell. But some people need reassurance that you can indeed fly with edibles such as pot brownies or gummy bears. In this case, it is even easier. It looks like food people! Just put it in your carry-on bag, once in your assigned seat, pull it out and eat it! In front of them! Joking, do not break any laws, but no one can tell you if a cookie, brownie, gummy bear, or chocolate bar is laced with marijuana or not. Do not be paranoid. It may help if you have normal packaging and not some crazy weed leaves and medical wording. As for dabs, wrap it up, stuff it in a sock. Hash? Same thing. Treat it like normal flower buds. Read all of the above article and the comments below for people’s experiences flying with weed and sneaking edibles in an airport.

Can you put weed in your bag while flying?

Small amounts of pot will only be discovered during a weapons or bomb search. Hide your stash in an area that is too small to store a secret weapon. Hiding a joint inside an ink pen works really well because a destructive weapon cannot fit inside the tiny void.

Checked or Carry-on?

It’s better to secret your stash in checked luggage instead of your carry-on. Checked bags are rarely searched and when they are, it’s less extensive than a carry-on.

Other options?

Pot brownies and other marijuana edibles are an excellent choice. Make sure to mix them with random unlaced food or natural alternatives. The best are hard candies which are easy to make. Be careful when you are visiting family. Little kids love to look through your bags.

Vaporizers such as O-pen are great because they are mistaken as nicotine pens. Throw them in with your ink pens and other electronics.

It is never safe to smuggle large amounts of weed through a public airport.

Use these tips to sneak weed through an airport and I believe you will NeverGetBusted.

Please feel free to watch this video for how to sneak weed through an airport below.


Can You Hide Things from an Airport Scanner?

The principle of X-ray examination is based on the

The principle of X-ray examination is based on the varying atomic composition of different materials. It explains why different atoms reflect or absorb X-rays differently. The intensity or exposure time of the X-ray radiation can be increased or a physical inspection carried out if the image of the content of the container is not clearly visible. 

Therefore, to hide things from an airport scanner, the trick is to conceal the true identity of an object. For example, semi-liquid explosives could be put into toothpaste tubes and shampoo bottles, which is why from experience, inspection officials restrict such items from carry-on bags.

Electrical contraband items could also be hidden in power plug adapters as long as the voltage falls within the 110V/220V of laptop power supplies.

In most cases, X-rays pass easiest through light atoms (hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon), and with more difficulty through heavier atoms like (sulfur, iron, nickel, lead, gold, mercury, etc). Certain people use this information and try to disguise items like diamonds (carbon) by mixing them with a pack of scorched almonds or (carbon material).

Very dense materials normally block X-rays efficiently. Lead and tungsten are frequently used for hiding materials.

But of course, the suspicion of the agent is raised when a scanner detects this dense object in the luggage. Though it cannot see the contents, such passengers would be pulled aside for “extra screening”. A chunk of lead in a piece of luggage shows the passenger most likely has an ulterior motive and this may not end well in his favor. Wrapping anything in lead or tungsten foil would simply ensure it’s confiscated.

It is a very difficult and dangerous task to try to hide things from an airport scanner. But if somehow the scanning machines are outsmarted, the well-trained security dogs and the intelligent, experienced security officers still have to be contended against.

Terahertz scanners

Some airports even have Terahertz scanners. The latest Terahertz scanners can scan the body – often covertly, and can detect anything hidden – from paper crumps, dollar bills, microSIM cards, to drugs and ceramic weapons.

Though sometimes, human negligence or oversight may allow for lapses in the security checks as most of the inspection agents are mostly looking out for large quantities of smuggled cocaine and weapons rather than few drugs for personal use. 

Unfortunately, some take their criminality several notches higher and become human couriers for smuggling illegal drugs. The digestive tract is opened up and a large amount of drugs is stored. There are horrible cases where the ingested balloons of drugs burst inside them and unceremoniously led them to an early grave.

Listed below are some items people have attempted to hide contrabands from airport scanners over time:


Aluminum foil is almost invisible to X-ray except

Aluminum foil is almost invisible to X-ray except that its line of folds might initiate figurative noise that will lead to further inspection by the officials.

Aluminum has the ability to refract and slow X-ray. Therefore, the power of the generated X-ray radiation must be sufficient enough to generate an improved image by penetrating the thickness of aluminum as it cannot absorb high energy rays. 


Carbon is so transparent that it is difficult to s

Carbon is so transparent that it is difficult to see the carbon paper as an X-ray image unless the X-rays are soft and a film is used instead of a solid-state camera.

X-ray penetration is related to atomic number – the lower the atomic number the more penetrable it is. Carbon’s atomic number is 6, and it is easily penetrated.

It could, however, be adjusted to cast a very faint shadow on the image. The image would be cleared when the X-ray beam is tuned to a lower penetrating power. Carbon paper is terrible for hiding things because it would be translucent enough to reveal its content.

Leafy Substances Like Marijuana

If marijuana flowers were hidden in a box, it woul

If marijuana flowers were hidden in a box, it would be easily detected because the content is homogenous, since there is nothing to disrupt visual contrast or confuse mental clarity.

On the other hand, if a small amount of marijuana were hidden in the socks of a suitcase loaded with several other items, it would be difficult to detect because the image is “busy” as a result of the varying densities of papers, food items, clothing, plastics bits, legitimate drugs and so on.

However, if a large amount of marijuana were attempted, then an alarm may be raised because of the unusual packaging. Then always remember there would be sniffing dogs too.

Orange or blue – different colours for different materials 

In the past, X-ray images were black and white. Today, different materials are shown in different colours in the image produced by the computer attached to the scanner. 

Organic matter, such as wood, water, plastic and textiles, are coloured orange. Inorganic matter, such as metals, show up as blue. 

“If organic and inorganic substances overlap in the scanned item, it appears green on the screen. For example, tennis balls in a metal tube look green. Other substances that are shown in green include salt, glass and bones”, Halonen clarifies. 

The denser the substance or the thicker the layer of substance on the X-rays’ way, the darker the item appears on the computer screen. Substances which are too dense for the radiation to run through appear black. 

What Can an Airport Scanner Detect?

There is no such material that would deflect X-rays around it, rendering it completely transparent to the rays and therefore invisible to the X-ray scanner. However, high-density materials like Osmium, Iridium, Platinum, Rhenium, Gold, Tungsten, and Lead are difficult to see through.

For example, lead appears as a bulky white opaque image on the X-ray scanner and whatever object kept inside it cannot be detected by the X-ray scanner.

Let us briefly consider if gold and drugs can be detected by an airport scanner:

Can Airport Scanners Detect Gold?

While airport scanners cannot determine an object’s exact composition, they can tell if an object is organic or metallic (or low density or high density). Therefore, airport scanners can easily “detect” gold but cannot differentiate it clearly from another dense object like tungsten or platinum.

The inspector is trained to watch out for precious stones like gold and diamond. His suspicion is raised when the scanner displays an image seemingly showing gold, or another similarly dense objects. The passenger is then called aside for further inspection of his luggage and questioning.

So, airport scanners cannot distinctively identify gold but they can detect dense, radiation stopper objects like gold.

Can Airport Scanners Detect Drugs?

The X-ray intensity and color that’s left after tr

The X-ray intensity and color that’s left after transmission through a sample can be used to detect illegal drugs and explosives. There is a database of all acceptable colors, the relevant authorities and security agents are alerted if the output of the scanning does not match any of these acceptable colors.

A trace portal machine, commonly known as a puffer machine is also used at airports to detect illegal drugs and explosives.

Well-trained dogs also do a fantastic job in the sniffing out of certain scents associated with illegal drugs. The most current and amazing development in security is the training of honeybees.

Can you believe that?! Honeybees would be used in the nearest future in collaboration with advanced video computer software in the detection of contrabands at airports and other public infrastructures.

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