As the TSA and FAA has reminded us before… Fireworks fly just fine on their own!
Yes, even the smallest sparklers and “convenience store fireworks” are banned from carry-on and checked baggage on airplanes. Leave your fireworks at home and leave it to the pros. The same restrictions apply to air mailing fireworks.
See FAA’s “Fireworks Don’t Fly” Poster here.
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As my post last year confirms, FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta
says repeats the same quote in this year’s FAA Press Release:
Safety is our top priority and we want everyone to arrive at their destination safely. The public can help us by leaving dangerous items, such as fireworks, out of their luggage.
Now on to the science and penalties of it all.
The FAA continues:
Friction can cause fireworks to ignite during flight, posing a safety risk to passengers and crew. Because of this danger, domestic and international regulations prohibit passengers from carrying fireworks and firework novelty items in their checked or carry-on baggage, or on their persons.
Passengers who violate the hazardous materials regulations may face civil penalties of up to $75,000 per violation, but can run as high as $175,000 per violation in cases that involve death, serious illness, severe injury or substantial destruction of property. Criminal convictions resulting from hazardous materials violations can result in criminal fines and up to five years in prison. However, passengers carrying fireworks may be subject to up to ten years in prison if they release a hazardous material that results in death or bodily harm.
Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend!
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