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Flare Gun, Yes; Flares, No. Updated Flight Travel Rules For Carry-On/Checked Items.

when i fly

Having spent the last two weeks traveling nearly 15, 000 travel miles, from JFK , LAX, IAD and MIA to several small, regional airports in between, it occurs to me that the regulations for items that one can carry through TSA and ultimately onboard and alternately, check-in, have changed significantly.  Hence, in this week’s Beacon Bulletin, we bring you the latest official carry-on/check-in guidelines from the TSA.

On Domestic Flights:


                                                  Carry-On Checked
Alcohol                                                             Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Creamy Dips and Spreads                        Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Fresh Whole Fruits                                     Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Gravy                                                                Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Jam and Jelly                                                Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Maple Syrup                                                  Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Oils and Vinegars                                        Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Pies and Cakes                                              Item is allowed. Item is allowed.
Salad Dressing                                             Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Salsa and Sauces                                         Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Soups                                                               Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.
Yogurt                                                             Less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml allowed. Item is allowed.

FIREARMS: Not allowed as carry-on, but allowable as check-in:  guns, rifles, bb guns, flare guns, starter pistols, air-compressed guns, realistic replicas of gun or parts of guns and, ammo.  As for check-in, properly registered guns MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Absolutely not allowed at all, carry on or checked-in are flares, gun lighters and gun powder.


FLAMMABLES: NO CARRY-ON/NO CHECKED-IN: Aerosols (other than personal care), blasting caps, chlorine, dynamite, fire extinguishers, fireworks, fuels, flammable liquids and gels, gas torches, gasoline, hand grenades, lighter fuel, liquid bleach, recreational oxygen, spillable batteries, spray paint, strike-anywhere matches, torch lighters, turpentine, paint thinners and vehicle airbags.


Allowed as Carry-On but NOT as Check-In:

Lighters : (Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage.) Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case.

Safety Matches: One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage.

Small Compressed Gas Cartridges Up to two in life vests and two spares. The spares must accompany the personal flotation device and presented as one unit.

None are allowed as carry-on but all permissible as check-in are: billy clubs, black jacks, brass knuckles, kubatons, night sticks, nunchucks, self-defense sprays, stun guns, throwing starts.

SHARP OBJECTS: Only disposable razors are allowed as carry-on.  Knives, ice picks, meat cleavers, sabers, scissors and even swords are allowed to be checked in.

SPORTING GOODS: Only skates, roller and ice, and skate boards are allowed as carry-on.  All others sports equipment have to be checked in.

TOOLS: Only screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers are allowed as carry-on.   Axes, drills, hammers and saws must be checked in.

When it comes to air safety, please pay attention to the rules.  The TSA and law enforcement are not playing around – nor should controlling potentially dangerous items while traveling be taken lightly.

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.


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