During my last trip through O'Hare International Airport, I witnessed one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. I saw a man pulled aside by TSA. When I got a little closer I could see the agents searching through his suitcase which was full of cash. We're tens of thousands of dollars.

The question on everyone's mind: is it illegal to fly with a suitcase full of cash in the US? Let's unpack this conundrum, shall we?


Are loads of cash legal on airplanes?

First things first, you can indeed fly with cash in the United States. There's no law that explicitly prohibits you from bringing your hard-earned dough on board.

If you want to feel like a baller as you strut through the airport, suitcase in hand, you're in luck. But hold your horses, we're just getting started.

Attention, TSA: Show Me the Money!

While it may be legal, bringing a suitcase full of cash on a flight isn't exactly a walk in the park. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a nose for suspicious activity, and carrying a massive amount of cash might raise a few eyebrows.

Don't be surprised if they ask you a barrage of questions about why you're traveling with so much cheddar. If a TSA agent were to actually refer to your cash as "cheddar" it might not be a nightmare of an experience. Humor is your best friend in situations like these!

The IRS is always watching, even when they're not.

Let's address the elephant in the airplane: the IRS because if you're carrying a substantial sum of cash, you may trigger their curiosity. They want to make sure you're not up to any funny business, like tax evasion or smuggling doughnuts (pun intended).

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Keep your ducks in a row and be ready to explain the source and purpose of your funds. Otherwise, you might find yourself on an impromptu "cash-cation" with the lovely folks at the IRS.


Still want to make it rain, literally?

If you decide to embrace your inner moneybags and take your cash on a wild airborne adventure, prepare for the extra attention and questions that come along for the ride. Not, it's not illegal to fly with a suitcase full of cash in the US, however, it could lead to an encounter with TSA and IRS.

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