Airplanes and pepper spray do not mix!

Recently, I made a commercial flight to Tennessee and I was waiting on one of those real long lines waiting for my luggage and myself to go to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Now although I have a registered gun, I do not carry it, even with a valid license, because I know it is illegal to carry it on a commercial plane. But I might put it in the checked luggage (and the Transportation Security Administration indicated that this must also be announced upon check-in / bag), the rifle has always been closed and emptied, and the ammunition is also locked up.

I was waiting in line to read my email. I used to spend my time as 75 other people were in the queue.

Like everyone else, I deleted my shoe, put a hat, belt, and all my valuables from my pockets and put it in a plastic bag, I brought it and carried it with me when I travel just by plane for TSA security checks.

I went through the metal detector without any difficulty. However, the security officer discovered pepper spray and my three-quarters of my pocket. I have been told that pepper spray and pocket knife are not allowed under TSA rules.

Now don't get me wrong, the TSA security staff was very polite and they actually gave me the option to take things to secure them in a box or in my car, if I had someone at the airport. (I actually took a taxi that day, so it was immediately excluded), moreover, I'm going to lose my place in the queue, and it will take another half an hour to get back across the line to where I was standing at this moment in time. Another option was to get pepper spray and confiscate a very small pocket knife.

Instead of spending any extra time, I chose to seize the pocket knife and pepper spray. Being a retired state policeman and crime prevention expert, I found myself very embarrassing, knowing that I had to understand the TSA rules, and what is prohibited. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

"Sir, you are just one of thousands of people who have confiscated us weekly things," TSA security officer told me. Somehow it did not make me feel better, but I was able to follow and let the next person deal with his personal situation.

In fact I had an extra pepper spray (less than 4 fluid ounces each), which is in my checked bags and I know I will save them after I reach my final destination. But this attitude made me think it would be a good article for others, so they wouldn't have to show off what I went through by mixing pepper spray and TSA airline's safety check for commercial airlines.

Pepper spray has become a very popular martial tool for the past ten years. The reader should contact customer service for his airline or with TSA, if there are questions about the legality of carrying pepper spray for them, wherever you are in the world. Pepper spray is legal in most states of the USA, but I recommend checking your local authority regarding legality in your area.

Specifically, TSA notes on its website,, that: “Tear gas sprinklers containing more than 2% of the Tear Gas mass (CS or CN) are prohibited.” "Mace / Pepper Spray – 118ml or 4 fluid ounce container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in the checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge." For more information, visit, click Passengers, and then click "Get ready to fly."

Please go to these websites as they give more details on what is prohibited and what is legal. It can prevent potential "headaches".

As a summary, I recommend that everyone take a few minutes to contact your airline and ensure that the departure location and the location of your destination allow specific, questionable items. As mentioned above, I would also like to contact TSA and determine if it has any restrictions regarding any of the Deactivating Chemicals or other prohibited agents or agents.

From history, laws change and it is best to know this, then you feel embarrassed at the airline station. Click here to learn more about pepper spray,