It may be tempting to purchase your fireworks at a local firework stand at home and pack them in your suitcase to avoid that extra hassle once you arrive at your destination, but flying with (or shipping) fireworks is not only dangerous—it’s ILLEGAL! Travel always increases on holiday weekends, so don’t add to the stress by slowing everyone down at the security checkpoint.
Airline passengers are strictly prohibited from traveling with fireworks. Fireworks are forbidden in your carry-on AND checked baggage! TSA does not permit explosive materials or realistic replicas of explosives on aircraft. These explosives are a serious risk to passenger and flight crew safety. Friction during flight can cause fireworks to ignite, which may result in death, serious illness, severe injury or substantial destruction of property.
FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta notes, “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.”
Passengers who violate the FAA’s hazardous material 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.
So, instead of dreading having to go find somewhere to purchase fireworks once you land, and consequently ruining everyone else’s vacation because you thought you’d save yourself the hassle by bringing them with you on your flight…try looking at it as a fun opportunity to explore the new area you’re in. You could even post a question to the social media world, “What’s your favorite firework?” for some fun and creative ideas! But the main takeaway here is—FIREWORKS DON’T FLY.
Credit: Some content borrowed from FAA News & Updates and TSA.gov.