Don’t Fly With Fireworks This July 4 Holiday
July 1, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – If you’re flying this July 4 holiday, be sure to leave your fireworks at home. Most travelers probably don’t realize the risk that fireworks pose on an airplane. The FAA is reminding passengers that fireworks, including the smallest sparklers, are not permitted aboard airplanes in carry-on or checked baggage. Fines are stiff for passengers who break the rules. It is also against the law to mail or ship fireworks as air parcels.
“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 dangerous items, such as fireworks, out of their luggage.”
Friction can cause fireworks to ignite during flight, posing a safety risk to passengers and crew. Because of this danger, domestic and international regulations prohibit passengers from carrying fireworks and firework novelty items in their checked or carry-on baggage, or on their persons.
Passengers who violate the hazardous materials 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.
For more information on fireworks and other prohibited items, visit the FAA’s website at: http://www.faa.gov/Go/PackSafe.