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Friday, July 02, 2010
American Flags

It's time again for the annual reminder about how fireworks and air travel are a bad combo.

So, in case you were planning on packing a bag of cherry bombs, fireworks on a plane are a no-no in your carry-on and checked luggage. And yes, people still try to bring them. Including sneaky children who put them in their bags without their parents knowing...

TSA Fireworks Signage

While fireworks are prohibited on aircraft, they may not be prohibited in your back yard depending on local laws. If you plan on lighting some fuses this year, please consider the following guidance from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or this could be you.

Have a great 4th of July! Enjoy all of your annual traditions and stay safe! I know I’ll be partaking in a burger, baked beans, corn on the cob, and last but not least, apple pie! Mmmm...

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Submitted by Blogger Bob on

Have a great weekend! See you on Tuesday!

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Randy on

What! No baseball!?!?

How UN-American. :-)

Sorry, couldn't resist,
Randy

Submitted by Anonymous on

The idea of Bob, baked beans, and fireworks seems to have a natural connection.

Now if I could only figure out what that is...

Submitted by Sacramento Attorney on

It does seem to happen every year - someone getting in trouble for bringing fireworks on a plane. Most of the time its not intentional and hopefully all TSA employees are trained to handle each situation appropriately.

Submitted by 5 11 Tactical Gear on

I think it is absolutely HILARIOUS that people do this. I agree with Sacramento Attorney that I would guess that the majority are unintentional... however. I never cease to be amazed on how stupid people can be!

Thank you TSA agents for keeping us safe!

Submitted by Anonymous on

It still amazes me that there are people who think fireworks should be carried onto aircraft. How many years ago were most fireworks added onto the FAA "Don't Pack/Carry" list?

Submitted by Anonymous on

"All flammable and explosive materials..."

Cloth is flammable. Do we have to strip naked before getting on a plane?

Or does it have to both flammable AND explosive, in which case, non-flammable explosives would be allowed?

Submitted by Anonymous on

It still amazes me that people post stupid comments like this one. "Cloth is flammable. Do we have to strip naked before getting on a plane?" your so clever... sigh

Submitted by RB on

"Fireworks and Planes Don’t Mix"
..........................

Neither does TSA and Security!

Submitted by Earl Pitts on

@Anon: "Cloth is flammable. Do we have to strip naked before getting on a plane?"

No, that's what the Nude-O-Scopes are for.

Earl

Submitted by Earl Pitts on

One should be sure to make sure his/her grammar is correct before ripping on someone's intelligence with a line "your so clever... sigh"

Earl

Submitted by Anonymous on

Exactly what on-topic comments would anyone even want to post to this thread? Something like this?


Rarely does one think to bring fireworks on a plane
Especially when one thinks of the damage they cause
So it is surprising that people still do this.
Positively surprising.
Onto a plane one can't bring fireworks.
Nothing that's explosive should be allowed.
Don't you all agree?

To those who don't agree, tell me:
Oh, I would be very interested to know.

Naturally the people who do this don't read the blog
And so they don't know about the rules that govern
Transport.
Use common sense, my friends.
Respect
Each other.

Submitted by Anonymous on
It still amazes me that people post stupid comments like this one. "Cloth is flammable. Do we have to strip naked before getting on a plane?" your so clever... sigh

Well the TSA is so... anal... about it's requirements (3.5 ounces of shampoo? NO! 4 ounce container, half empty? NO! Sealed bottle of water you saw me buy from the stand over there! Hell no!) that I felt it was only fair to see how they might interpret this sign/rule.
Submitted by Soco on

Just bringing home some nice little noisemakers for the kiddies. What's the harm? Some people will just never learn and lack the common sense to make good decisions. Alas we need rules and regulations to keep us all safe. As for some of the other regulations... well that is another matter. Fireworks are overrated.

Submitted by Jens on

After all I've heard until now, it still shocks me, that there are really such people, who do things like that.

Submitted by ImmGen on

I was at sfo this kid forgot to remove his 25 cent pack of fireworks from his bag. Guess what him and his mother were taken to the "back". I think it was a simple solution throw it away or don't board. but no lets take them to the back.

Submitted by Raquel on

My fourth was safe and fun, including the travel. I think the minor inconvenience is worth the safety.

Submitted by Mike on

I agree that fireworks and planes don't mix. I feel parents should take responsibility by checking their child's bag and ensure that they are not carrying them.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Now if I could only figure out what that is...