FIREWORKS DON’T FLY!
Are Fireworks Allowed In Checked Baggage?
No. Fireworks are not allowed in Carry-On or Checked Baggage!
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That is the clear cut rule repeated each year by the TSA and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to remind passengers who are flying (especially around the July 4th holiday) to leave their fireworks at home, or better yet, up to the professionals! Fireworks fly fine on their own.
Fireworks pose a significant fire risk to aircraft in the air and on the ground and are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.
“Safety is our top priority and we want everyone to arrive at their destination safely,” FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said. “The public can help us by leaving these dangerous items out of their luggage.”
The FAA’s press release on the reminder states:
Fireworks are considered hazardous materials on aircraft, and federal regulations ban even the smallest sparklers. Consumers should not try to mail or ship fireworks as air parcels, either.
Friction can cause fireworks to ignite during flight, posing a safety risk to passengers and the airline crew. Because of this danger, domestic and international regulations prohibit passengers from carrying fireworks and firework novelty items in their checked baggage, carry-on baggage, or on their persons. The FAA will issue stiff fines for anyone who breaks the rules.
Passengers who violate the hazardous materials regulations may face civil penalties of up to $75,000 per violation, but penalties 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 as many as 10 years in prison if they release a hazardous material that results in death or bodily injury.
The TSA Blog reminds us that the following items are NOT allowed in both carry-on and checked bags (all varieties including but not limited to):
- Aerial repeater fireworks
- Aerial shell fireworks
- Bottle rockets
- Flying spinners
- Ground spinners
- Parachute fireworks
- Roman candles
- Smoke fireworks
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HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HOLIDAY!
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