Tuesday, July 16, 2013

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Traveling With Airsoft Guns

Airsoft Gun
Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons
I’ve been noticing an uptick in the number of Airsoft guns and grenades that are being discovered in carry-on luggage and checked baggage. So, I wanted to give all of the Airsoft enthusiasts a heads up about traveling with these items.

For those of you not familiar with Airsoft, it’s an activity similar to paintball, but the guns shoot plastic pellets. While the guns don’t fire real bullets, they look alarmingly realistic. Most of the guns have orange tips on the muzzles, but on the X-ray screen, they look like the real deal and will cause an incident and delay you and your fellow passengers. They’re also prohibited from the aircraft because they’re considered a realistic replica and would likely cause panic and commotion if seen on a plane.

Like paintball guns, Airsoft guns are perfectly fine to transport in your checked baggage, and as with BB and pellet guns, there is no need to declare them as you would a real firearm.

There are also Airsoft grenades and mortars that look realistic. These are not OK in carry-on or checked baggage. Keep in mind that if your gun uses compressed gas cartridges, those are prohibited as well. CO2 cartridges are only permitted with life vests and mechanical limbs.  

Airsoft Grenades Discovered in Checked Baggage at SJU
Airsoft Grenades Discovered in Checked Baggage at SJU

See you next week with more travel tips! 

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team 

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