Fireworks don’t fly on airplanes

( – I know my annual fireworks reminders sound a bit silly, but travelers really do continue to pack them. I guess it’s not too surprising when you think about it. Over 900 firearms (most of them loaded) have been discovered in carry-on bags so far this year. In fact, 18 firearms were discovered in just one day earlier this month.

So, just for the record:

Fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags. This includes all varieties including but not limited to:

  • Aerial repeater fireworksfireworks travel advisory
  • Aerial shell fireworks
  • Bottle rockets
  • Chasers
  • Firecrackers
  • Flying spinners
  • Fountains
  • Ground spinners
  • Missiles
  • Parachute fireworks
  • Poppers
  • Roman candles
  • Skyrockets
  • Smoke fireworks
  • Snakes
  • Snaps
  • Sparklers
  • Strobes
  • Wheels

Check out’s Fourth of July page for all sorts of safety tips and cool information about Independence Day. And while you’re at it, check out our summer travel tips blog post.

Have a great holiday weekend and stay safe.

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Bob Burns

TSA Blog Team

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