Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Travel Tips Tuesday: Traveling with Vehicle Parts




More frequently than you might imagine, travelers contact TSA to find out if they can pack automotive or other vehicle parts in their checked or carry-on bags.  We regularly hear from travelers who work for racing teams or car dealerships, and those who have purchased a vehicle online or at an auction.  Vehicle parts, like batteries, are governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety and hazmat rules as well as TSA security rules, so this week’s travel tips are designed for those who want to park vehicle parts in their carry-on or checked bags.

In general, TSA permits auto and vehicle parts in carry-on or checked baggage after they’ve been properly screened and if there is no fuel or traces of fuel present.  Car engine parts may be placed in checked luggage only if the parts are packed in their original box and free of hazardous chemicals such as gasoline and oil.  

If you must bring a vehicle part as carry-on baggage, please keep in mind that the size and shape of the item could cause security concerns and should fall within your airline’s carry-on baggage restrictions.  Individual airlines may have more restrictive rules on items packed in carry-on or checked baggage, so we recommend that you contact your airline to find out if additional restrictions apply.

When a dangerous or hazardous material is found during TSA’s checked baggage screening process, TSA notifies the airline and the airline makes the decision to remove it from the bag.  Airlines may or may not notify a passenger that hazmat was found in their checked baggage and removed prior to departure.     

Here are some additional rules and tips:

  • Shock absorbers are allowed in checked baggage as long as they do not have sealed, compressed gas cylinders or hazardous materials.  If the shock absorbers are sealed with compressed gas, they will not be allowed in checked baggage.  Even if a shock absorber is not sealed with compressed gas, if it contains a residue or vapors of oil or gasoline, it is considered a hazardous material and will be removed from checked baggage by the airline.
  • Car batteries are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage, per FAA hazmat regulations.
  • Vehicle airbags are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags, per FAA hazmat regulations.
  • If the vehicle parts you’re planning to pack are used or you aren’t sure you can remove all hazmat residue or vapors, we recommend that you ship them to your destination using a parcel shipping service instead.

For more information on FAA rules on hazmat for air travel, read their Is It Safe? information sheet. 
The regulations governing the transport of hazardous materials aboard commercial aircraft are regulated by the Department of Transportation's Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).  If you have any questions regarding hazardous materials regulations that could pertain to an item you want to pack for air travel, please call PHMSA at (800) 467-4922 or visit their website at http://hazmat.dot.gov. 


Lynn,
TSA Blog Team 

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lynn,

Great information, but can you point me to the TSA regulations on what my 15 year old daughter should wear to avoid verbal assault and sexual harassment from TSO's at the airport?

RB said...

TSA: America’s Morality Police

“The TSA has a new mission, apparently: to make sure young women are wearing appropriately modest attire."

"Here’s what happened, as my daughter described it in text messages to us: she was at the station where the TSA checks IDs. She said the officer was "glaring" at her and mumbling. She said, "Excuse me?" and he said, "You’re only 15, COVER YOURSELF!" in a hostile tone. She said she was shaken up by his abusive manner.”

And I thought TSA was suppose to be protecting us from terrorist but it turns out that TSA and its 65,000 strong corps of Morality Police employees are the terrorists.

If there was not good reason to correct the mistake that is TSA I think this case tips the scale and proves TSA is not an organization that embraces the United States Constitution.

diaperdad said...

why does most of the prohibited stuff carried on for flights makes sense.
are people not using their heads? dont answer that.
people these days are like 2 year olds, impulse and like the character bart simpson, do what you feel until you get caught.

diaperdad said...

dress your daughter appropriately. Your post did not note how old she is

Wintermute said...

Who's version of "appropriate?" The girl in question was dressed quite modestly in my version. I'm sure most people would find the same.

Anonymous said...

This is a good post, Lynn.

I hope this same professional attitude can be used in posts addressing privacy or abuse incidents by TSA screeners.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

It's funny how critics believe every negative story about TSA; but anything which could be perceived as positive is met with nothing but scrutiny and disbelief. Sad.

cjpyatt said...

So many people are waiting for the government to take care of them and tell them what to do! Can't we just use our own brains and skills to do all of that?

Anonymous said...

"are people not using their heads?"

The people who think naked body scanners that have never detected anything dangerous and have a 100% false positive rate make us safer are, as you note, not using their heads.

Anonymous said...

care to explain the recent article on the consumerist about screeners acting contrary to published guidelines and retaliatory actions?

Anonymous said...

http://consumerist.com/2013/06/19/the-tsas-solution-for-my-reluctance-to-open-baby-food-jars-a-pat-down/


Care to explain curtis

@SkyWayManAz said...

Anonymous said...

http://consumerist.com/2013/06/19/the-tsas-solution-for-my-reluctance-to-open-baby-food-jars-a-pat-down/

Clearly a failed policy that does nothing to keep anyone safe. If the parents are truly up to no good how does giving one a pat down prove anything? If the man had a bomb on him he'd have volunteered his wife for the pat down (file that under things not to say at the airport). Either the item is dangerous or it's not. Nitrate swab, even with the high false positive rate, would have been a better indicator than a pat down. If positive opening one at random selected by the screener still would have been safer. If it was only one it might not have to go to waste either depending on feeding time. At best the response is very thinly disguised "Do You Want to Fly Today" in legalese boilerplate. Anyone with half a would brain shake their head.

Anonymous said...

we leave everything to the government, how about our responsibility.. we want to travel safe, we should exercise common sense. and we lessen the problem. always remember these people who work at the airport are trying to protect us, so we can reach our destination safe.

Anonymous said...

"Clearly a failed policy that does nothing to keep anyone safe."

Not a failed policy at all. The TSA staff must set rules. Show a dominant over travelers. Create a fear. The is basic crowd control. For on inconvenienced family, how many were cowed to obedience to the rules and instructions?

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"always remember these people who work at the airport are trying to protect us, so we can reach our destination safe."

Some of them are there because they actually think they're helping prevent another terrorist attack, but some are there because it pays better than flipping burgers and they can't get jobs elsewhere. Yet others are egotistical maniacs who like the authority it gives them over the travelling public. But nothing they do actually helps protect us from terrorists. Only us refusing to be terrorized does that.

Anonymous said...

Remember who stopped the Flight 93 terrorists, the failed "shoe bomber", "underwear bomber", & "Boston bombers".

Not law enforcement bursting into homes, assault weapons drawn. Not the TSA violating our rights, privacy, & dignity.

It was regular people like you and me. Present bloggers excluded.

Jacobo Abadi said...

ynn, your comments regarding automotive gas shock absorbers are wrong. They can be checked as baggage because they are covered by Hazardous MAterials Regulations (HMR)173.306(f)(4), and the IATA/CIAO Special Provision A114

please read following link

http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/Interpretations/2009/090105.pdf