ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany County Airport Authority and the Transportation Security Administration are warning holiday passengers that fireworks should not be brought onto flights.
“Fireworks are not permitted in checked luggage or carry-on luggage due to the risk of fire or explosion,” Rev. Kenneth Doyle, the Acting Chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority, said. “Passengers carrying fireworks or failing to notify TSA screening personnel or airline representatives that they are carrying fireworks can face severe penalties.”
The Federal Aviation Administration warns that fireworks can 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 luggage or on themselves.
Passengers risk fines and up to five years in prison by carrying fireworks onto a flight. Any person carrying fireworks or attempting to ship them illegally faces penalties up to $27,500 per violation or criminal prosecution that could carry penalties of $500,000 and five years in prison.
Passengers are required to notify TSA or other airline personnel if they are carrying fireworks before they check in or get to the security checkpoint to avoid compound penalties, fines or prison time.