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[ Jan 10th ]Can you carry expandable batons when traveling by airplane?

Expandable baton, or telescopic baton is a type of impact weapon which is legal or illegal, depends on the state local laws and the circumstances you used it. As an authorized person, such as police officer, security guard or certified trainer, it's legal to carry, but for normal citizens,  there's always a risk to cause legal issues if you carry it outdoor.

The most risky places you maybe have a problem is the airport or train station. Will carry a retractable baton be caught at the airport? Apparently, you cannot carry it with you to the airplane, and not in the carry on luggage. What if in the checked luggage?

According to TSA (Transportation Security Administration) of U.S. illustrated:

" Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts, and realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on baggage. Subject to certain restrictions, you may transport these items in your checked baggage.
As part of the check-in process, all firearms and firearms parts must be declared to the aircraft operator. Firearms may be permitted in checked baggage if unloaded and properly locked in a hard-sided container. Passengers may be summoned to assist Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) in the screening of firearms and firearm parts. Airlines may have additional restrictions on the transport of firearms.

The FAA requires ammunition to be properly packaged. The FAA and airlines may have additional restrictions on the amount of ammunition that may be placed in checked baggage. 

Violations can result in criminal prosecution and civil penalties up to $11,000 per violation. 

Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. "

Therefore, even in the checked luggage, you need to declare it firstly, otherwise it may lead to a tragedy. Let's take a look at the recent news: 

Three men arrested at JFK Airport with expandable batons

NEW YORK — Transportation Security Administration officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) detected batons in the carry-on baggage of two men, and in the checked bag of a third man, in separate incidents within a two-hour period June 30. All three individuals were arrested by law enforcement.

See? So here's the answer: Don't travel with a tactical baton by airplane, or declare it first if you are on duty and have to, or you have to swallow the risk under arrested.


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