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Pepper spray is a chemical weapon that causes severe pain and temporary blindness. The liquid irritates mucous membranes, causing them to swell and bleed. This makes it possible to temporarily blind someone who comes into contact with it.
You are not allowed to bring pepper spray on a plane in your carry-on, but you can bring it in checked luggage.
“You can bring pepper spray on board,” says TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy. “It has to be packed in checked baggage.” The Transportation Security Administration recommends packing the spray in a plastic bag or wrapping it in paper towels.
What About Other Self-Defense Products?
Self-defense products come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some other things you might consider:
Tasers are used by police departments all over the world. They use electric currents to immobilize their targets.
According to the TSA, taser guns (along with stun guns and electro-shock weapons) are not allowed in carry-on bags and are only allowed in your checked baggage if packed in a manner that renders it inoperable from accidental discharge.
You are prohibited from traveling with sharp objects, such as a knife, in your carry-on baggage; however, you can pack these items in your checked baggage.
Mace sprays contain chemicals that cause irritation to the eyes and throat. The same rules for Pepper Spray apply to bringing Mace on a plane, you cannot bring it in your carry-on.
What Is The Difference Between Mace And Pepper Spray?
Pepper spray is designed to incapacitate people quickly. It contains chemicals that cause intense pain and temporary blindness.
Mace is designed to disable people without causing permanent injury. It contains chemicals that irritate the eyes and nose.
Where Do I Buy Pepper Spray?
There are lots of places online that sell pepper spray. Amazon.com carries a wide variety of pepper spray products.
What States Is Pepper Spray Illegal In?
Pepper spray isn’t illegal everywhere. But it is illegal in these states.
How Much Is Pepper Spray Legal For Personal Protection?
In most states, pepper spray is legal as long as you’re using it for personal protection. However, there are several exceptions.
- In California, pepper spray is illegal unless you’re licensed to carry a concealed firearm.
- In New York, pepper spray is only allowed if you’ve been trained in its proper use.
- In Florida, pepper spray is considered a deadly weapon.
Will I Get Arrested For Bringing Pepper Spray Onto A Plane?
If you’re caught bringing pepper spray onto a plane, you may get arrested. Federal law says that any person who brings a chemical product onto an airplane must declare it to the flight attendants before boarding the plane.
Do I Need A License To Carry Pepper Spray?
No. You don’t need a license to carry pepper spray. You do need a license to carry a firearm.
Our Final Say
We hope that our guide to bringing pepper spray onto a plane has helped you to decide what exactly your rights are when it comes to carrying this substance in a plane and across state lines.
You should always be wary of using pepper spray and you should always be sure to read the instructions before use.