While some fireworks fly high in the sky, they are never OK to pack in your carry-on or checked bags. It’s not that we don’t enjoy fireworks. Personally speaking, I to enjoy them. In fact, every Independence Day, I’m reminded of this quote from a letter that John Adams wrote to his wife:
"It [Independence Day] ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."
Had commercial aircraft existed then, I doubt that Adams would have suggested guns, bonfires, and illuminations in the cabin of an aircraft.
With that said, this is your annual reminder to be sure to leave your fireworks at home and not take them on the plane, in carry on or checked luggage. This includes fireworks such as aerial repeater fireworks, aerial shell fireworks, firecrackers, flying spinners, chasers, fountains, bottle rockets, ground spinners, parachute fireworks, poppers, snaps, skyrockets, missiles, roman candles, smoke fireworks, snakes, strobes, sparklers, wheels, you name it…
Be sure your children understand this as well... A violation certainly will get your travel plans off to a bad start.
Below are photos of fireworks that in the past have been found at TSA checkpoints.
Fireworks Discovered at TSA Checkpoints
Have a great holiday weekend and stay safe. Be sure to check out USA.gov’s Fourth of July page for all sorts of safety tips and cool information about Independence Day.
TSA Blog Team
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