Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday - Travel Tips for Campers and Fishers




A family at a campground.

We are well into the Spring travel period where avid campers are dusting off their gear. You either like to rough it like Bear Grylls, or you go to your local sporting goods store and max out your plastic on all the latest camping gear. Either way, if you’re flying commercial to your camping destination, this post is for you! 

Here’s a list of common camping and fishing related items that you can and can’t bring on a plane:

Insect Repellents – They are permitted in your carry-on bags and checked baggage. The liquid limits apply when carrying these in your carry-on bags. 

Animal Repellants - You can bring chemical repellants in your checked luggage if the volume is less than four ounces and less than 2% active ingredient of either CS or CN. Most bear repellants exceed these limitations. We suggest that you buy these items once you arrive at your destination and leave them behind when your trip is over. 

Insecticides – Ant killers, cockroach killers, spider killers, etc., are prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage. 

Camp Stoves – These can go in either your carry-on or checked bag. If you have a liquid-fuel stove, be sure to empty the fuel. There can also be no fumes emitting from the stove. The same goes with propane stoves. Propane tanks are prohibited from both checked and carry-on bags. Empty propane or gas cylinders are allowed in checked or carry-on bags as long as our officers can see inside. 

Flare Guns – These are allowed in your checked baggage, but they have to be stored and declaredjust like a firearm. The flares are a no go.  


A boy putting bait on a fish hook.
Fishing Rods/Poles/Tackle - TSA allows fishing poles, but if you’re taking them as a carry-on, you might want to give your airline a call and see if the pole exceeds their carry-on limits. Tackle is OK as a carry-on, but be sure that you don’t have any knives or large deep sea fishing hooks. Also, tools can’t be larger than seven inches. 

Spear Guns - These can’t go in the cabin, but you can check them in the belly of the plane. 

Bows and Arrows - These items should be packed in checked luggage. Any sharp objects packed in checked luggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.
 

Ammunition.
Guns & Ammo - Allowed to be checked in the belly of the plane as long as you follow the guidelines outlined here: Travelingwith Firearms and Ammunition. 

Safety Matches - Permitted in your carry-on luggage one pack per passenger per FAA safety regulations. Strike anywhere matches are not ever permitted.



Lighters are permitted in your carry-on. Torch lighters are still prohibited.


Hunting Knife
Hatchets & Knives - These are permitted in your checked baggage, but not in your carry-on.

If you’re planning on participating and camping out at a renaissance festival this summer, we ask that you kindly not carry your crossbow, battle hammer, or mace through the checkpoint. Believe it or not, we have intercepted items similar to these and many other unusual items

See you next Tuesday with more travel tips!  

Bob Burns  
TSA Blog Team 

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27 comments:

RB said...

And what about TSA dogs that attack innocent people? Why sre they petmitted in airpirts?

Anonymous said...

The TSA NEVER addresses real issues that American families face at TSA airport checkpoints.

@SkyWayManAz said...

I'd rather have a dog walk by me at the airport to check me out than have a screener put his hands inside my underwear. That said the public deserves answers on what happened in this incident where a woman was bitten by a TSA dog. I'm almost surprised we haven't seen the "all proper procedures were followed" line in some form of a non-apology apology. Why did this happen in the baggage area? Now maybe after the Boston Marathon bombing there is a legitimate reason to search all areas of the airport with a bomb sniffing dog. A little odd though to check where bags comes off a completed flight though. It seems a little to late to find a bomb by that point. Yes anyone could bring a different bag in from outside but an unattended bag should be more of the focus then what comes off the conveyer belt.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone take all this junk on a PLANE?

Normally when you go Camping, you pack the stuff in your own Car or Truck and Head down the road, not to the Airport.

TSA, you need to just stick to the airports and the CRAPPY Job you are doing there! Leave the Camping and Fishing public alone.

Anonymous said...

Most of these are Hazardous Materials Rules or Carry on Baggage rules. They are not TSA Regulations.

Maribel said...

WHAT the AIRLINES Should do is to PROHIBIT the following items either on CARRYONS, or CLAIM BAGGAGES, to AVOID possible danger to aircraft personnel and passengers.
1. Any size or Type of Knives.
2. Any type of LIGHTER.
3. ANY size or Type of heavy Tools.

WHO knows when a DEMENTED Person feels like hurting someone!

Anonymous said...

I know this is a blog and people posting comments is part of a blog but I think you should just post articles and not let people post comments to them. You end up with comments that are nonsense like above.I thought this was good information, makes you think about what you pack.

Anonymous said...

Seems alot of you are just mad at the rules. Well they have a Job to do to, just like we do at our normal Jobs. How would we like it if we had someone on our case all day while we were trying to do our jobs! Not that good.

Anonymous said...

If you do what you are told, when you are told, you have NO problems. When you go to a sporting event they can deny access. Why should it be any different at the airport? If you are not happy, stay home, or drive your own car. I'm sure you wouldn't be happy at the bus or train station either....

Anonymous said...

I thought some knives were going to be permitted to be carried on in late April? What happened to that change? It's silly to ban knives or even boxcutters. Nobody will be able to over a plane anymore with a knife. The cockpit doors are hardened and locked, plus passengers won't allow it to happen either.

Anonymous said...

"How would we like it if we had someone on our case all day while we were trying to do our jobs!"

That depends. Does our job involve groping children and sticking our hands down people's pants?

Anonymous said...

Maribel said...
WHAT the AIRLINES Should do is to PROHIBIT the following items either on CARRYONS, or CLAIM BAGGAGES, to AVOID possible danger to aircraft personnel and passengers.
1. Any size or Type of Knives.
2. Any type of LIGHTER.
3. ANY size or Type of heavy Tools.

WHO knows when a DEMENTED Person feels like hurting someone!
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Why limit these restrictions to airplanes. Somebody could use any of those items to hurt somebody out on the street or in a store. If you want to be truly safe, shouldn't the irems be banned everywhere? I'll take my chances.

Living in a free society means there are always going to be risks. Automobiles are responsible for 10 times the number of deaths each year than what occured on 9/11. Are people afraid when they get in their cars? Most likey not. Bad things can happen anywhere as we have tragically seen recently. I'm not afraid that something bad is going to happen if someone brings a knife or a bottle of water on a plane.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
If you do what you are told, when you are told, you have NO problems.

May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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The problem with this is that the TSA makes this difficult. I've been yelled at for leaving my liquid baggie in my carry on and yelled at for removing it from my carry on. I've been harrassed for putting my shoes in the bin and harrassed for leaving them on the x-ray belt.

By the way, if the founding fathers of our country just did what they were told, we may still be under British rule.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"Seems alot of you are just mad at the rules."

No. I have no problems with rules that make sense. And also don't violate our Constitutional rights.

"Well they have a Job to do to, just like we do at our normal Jobs."

The "just following orders" defense? Not a valid defense illegal activities.

"How would we like it if we had someone on our case all day while we were trying to do our jobs! Not that good."

Been there. Done that. Quit and found a better job. And neither the old nor the new involved strip-searching and/or sexually assaulting people.

Another Anonymous said...

"If you do what you are told, when you are told, you have NO problems."

I will not just do what I'm told if I feel it violates our freedoms.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 12:07 PM said:

"When you go to a sporting event they can deny access. Why should it be any different at the airport?"

Um, because TSA is a federal entity and federal powers are limited by the Constitution? Look it up.

I'm telling you to look it up so that you will do what you are told and will have NO problems with this henceforth. :)

SSSS for some reason said...

Anonymous said..."If you do what you are told, when you are told, you have NO problems."

Nice.

You can lay down your rights as an individual and allow someone to tell you what to do, that is fine.

You can not, under any circumstances, tell me I have to do the same.

We as a Nation put restrictions on what our Government is allowed to do in our name and the TSA does not fit withing those restrictions.

We each have our rights and if you want to give up yours that is fine, they are your rights to give up. You will not, however, be giving up mine.

RB said...

Seeing as how my submissions to the TSA Blog are being illegally censored I would like to point out the following.

18 USC § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law


Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both;

Anonymous said...

"If you do what you are told, when you are told, you have NO problems."

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Why don't we just give up all our freedoms and call it a day? The TSA is a national disgrace!

RB said...

Can anyone of you TSA Bloggers explain why a large segment of the public has such high animosity towards TSA and its employees?

Did that just happen at no fault of TSA?

Has TSA taken any time to reflect just why this situation exists?

Or is there no one at TSA who really cares what the public thinks?

Anonymous said...

Stick to your purview with airports. Don't poke your nose into our camping activities which are ordinarily done via road transportation. We don't need your well-intentioned advice on camping activities when you are not supposed to be screening us for these. Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand most of these comments as people have no idea what they are talking about. Has TSA screwed up? Sure they have in some areas. But how many terrorist attacks by air have we had since TSA was created? None. People are inconveinienced once and often times forget all that TSA does/has done. I found this article helpful. The people that commented above will never be pleased. These are the people that are frequent fliers and claim to know the rules, but get caught with knives, ammunition, LGA's, etc in their bag. What's funny is I am sure they screw up daily at their jobs. My only hope is that they have people breathing down their necks. If you do not like the TSA, there are other forms of transportation you can take (bus, train, car). Otherwise, quit whinning like two year olds and move on. TSA, keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Wow, there are a lot of insecure people reading the TSA blog.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"The people that commented above will never be pleased. These are the people that are frequent fliers and claim to know the rules, but get caught with knives, ammunition, LGA's, etc in their bag."

Check your facts, please. I am no longer a frequent flyer, and I have never been caught with anything prohibited on me nor in my bags. I *AM*, however, a veteran of the US Air Force who takes his oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America *very* seriously, and take issue with the TSA's regular and continued violation of said document.

I also happen to have some expertise when it comes to security and nothing the TSA has done has done anything to enhance security. If anything, the TSA makes us LESS safe.

Robert Griffin said...

Poor TSA. Nobody likes you.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that gets a kick out of people complaining here... its a blog and no one from the TSA is gonna see this crap. Might as well be yelling at a brick wall. lol

Anonymous said...

Blah blah blah.....waaaaahhhhh. Thats all I seem to read here.

rrraven said...

Could the be some official policy on tents? I want to carry on a tent, but all the reports on the internet are conflicting (always allowed/sometimes allowed/never allowed). Would be nice if there was an official position.