Hazardous Materials Policy

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Hazardous Materials in Checked or Carried on Baggage Policy

Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples of Hazardous Materials Include: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, bleach, and many common household cleaners/chemicals. Customers are encouraged to visit the FAA’s PackSafe website at:https://www.faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe/ for more information.

Certain exemptions to the hazardous materials regulations apply to limited quantities of some items in checked baggage or on one's person.  For more information please see the Hazardous Materials Carried by Airline Passengers and Crewmembers document prepared by the FAA.

What is a Hazardous Material?

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From lithium batteries to aerosol whipped cream, many items used every day at home or work are regulated as hazardous materials (a.k.a. "hazmat" and "dangerous goods"). These products may seem harmless; however, when transported by air they can be very dangerous. Vibrations, static electricity, and temperature and pressure variations can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes, start a fire, or even explode. Hazardous materials include, but are not limited to: Explosives, Gases, Flammable Liquids and Solids, Oxidizers, Toxic and Infectious Materials, Radioactive Materials, Corrosives and many other items that can endanger the traveling public when not handled correctly. The good news is that many of the hazardous materials we can't live without are allowed in our baggage, but only if we follow the rules.

 

The Hazmat Rules

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The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) are federal transportation safety rules found in 49 CFR, parts 171-180. The FAA enforces the HMR in aviation. Passengers violating the HMR can be fined from $250 to $50,000. Those who intentionally violate the regulations are subject to a criminal penalty of up to $500,000 and/or five years imprisonment. So, it is important to know what items are hazardous materials and whether or not they are allowed in the aircraft cabin or in checked baggage.

Hazardous Materials in Cargo Policy

Cargo containing hazardous materials (dangerous goods) for transportation by aircraft must be offered in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR parts 171 through 180).

 

A violation can result in five years' imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124).

 

Hazardous materials (dangerous goods) include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials.