TSA: Please, No Fireworks on Planes

Sounds logical, right? Fireworks on planes = potential for disaster. Yet people try to bring such items aboard again and again and with the Fourth of July holiday coming up, it’s time for the TSA’s annual reminder. You can sum it up in a single word: Don’t.

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Fireworks and Worse

The TSA wants to be very clear that it is never OK to pack fireworks, whether in a carry-on bag or a checked suitcase. And this goes for all types of festive displays including bottle rockets, Roman candles, aerial repeater fireworks, aerial shell fireworks, firecrackers, flying spinners, chasers, fountains, ground spinners, parachute fireworks, poppers, snaps, skyrockets, missiles, smoke fireworks, snakes, strobes, sparklers, wheels and on and on.

Those who are scratching their heads and wondering why anyone would take such items aboard an aircraft might well consider that people can and do attempt to bring loaded guns through security checkpoints week after week. Besides the usual assortment of pistols and similar weapons, a list of confiscated items from earlier this month included Claymore mines, hand grenades, stun guns, knives and a whole lot of other “sharp, pointy objects.”

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Do Yourself a Favor and Don’t

Don’t. Don’t try to bring fireworks or guns or endangered primates in your pants or any other obvious no-nos through security. If in doubt, check with the TSA first. Otherwise you could lose the item or face delays or even arrest.


Published: June 28, 2013