• Replica grenades used as part of a Halloween costume discovered in a checked bag at Alaska airport.
     Replica grenades used as part of a Halloween costume discovered in a checked bag at Alaska airport.

TSA's Halloween Travel Tip: Don't Pack Replica Explosives. Really.

October 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
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You would think it would go without saying, but apparently not. So a U.S. Transportation Security Administration representative wrote a brief blog on a few Halloween travel tips if travelers are taking flight with costumes in tow.

It’s OK travel with some types of realistic replica items and props in checked luggage, but anything resembling a bomb or explosive is a no-no. Items that look like grenades, land mines, rocket launchers, shells or bombs cannot be taken on airplanes, even if they are toys or replicas.  

“Even if it’s a replica, anything resembling an explosive is treated as the real deal until the explosives experts can prove otherwise, which often leads to delayed flights or baggage,” reads a portion of the blog penned by TSA’s Bob Burns.

Props banned from carry-on bags include guns, scythes, pitchforks, chainsaws, butcher knives, grenades, axes, swords and machetes. 

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