Graffiti markers, like spray paint, contain volatile chemicals that could be hazardous in aircraft cabins. For safety and legal reasons, most airlines prohibit graffiti markers in both checked and carry-on luggage.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), aerosol containers holding non-flammable compressed gasses like spray paint are not permitted in either carry-on or checked bags. Some markers also contain flammable propellants like butane or propane which are banned from aircraft entirely due to fire risks.
However, there are some exceptions for “personal care items” like hairspray which are in limited amounts (3.4 ounces or less) and packed properly in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, then placed in your carry-on luggage. Graffiti markers do not qualify as personal care items, so they remain prohibited.
If you do bring graffiti markers in your luggage by mistake, the TSA will likely confiscate the items during the screening process before allowing you and your bags to continue to your gate. The markers could also be confiscated by the airline when checking in your luggage. Repeated or egregious violations of the rules regarding hazardous materials can lead to legal prosecution.
In summary, for safety reasons and to avoid legal issues, it is not advisable to pack graffiti markers or any aerosol paint products in your luggage when flying. Leave them at home to avoid confiscation or further consequences. If you have an art project in mind at your destination, purchase supplies once you have arrived. It is always best to check with the TSA and your airline for their latest rules regarding what items are permitted.
TSA Rules for Carrying Graffiti Markers in Checked vs Carry-on Bags
When traveling with graffiti markers, it is important to understand the rules set by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding what is allowed in checked bags versus carry-on luggage.
Graffiti markers are permitted in checked baggage, but there are quantity limits depending on the type of marker. Water-based markers and paint markers containing less than 3.4 ounces (100mL) of ink/paint are allowed with no quantity restrictions. However, aerosol markers (spray cans) are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.
Graffiti markers are prohibited in carry-on bags altogether due to being considered “prohibited dangerous goods.” This includes markers of all types – permanent, water-based, metallic, etc. If found in carry-on bags during screening, the markers will be confiscated.
To avoid issues and ensure your graffiti markers make it to your destination, it is best to pack them in your checked baggage. Place the markers in a sealable plastic bag before packing in case of any ink leakage. Be sure to also declare any markers containing flammable solvents to the airline at check-in. By following these rules and recommendations, your graffiti markers should pass through airport security and arrive safely for your creative endeavors.
The regulations around what constitutes prohibited items in either checked or carry-on luggage can be complex. For the most up-to-date rules on what is allowed, visit the official TSA website. Planning ahead and verifying restrictions will make passing through airport security a smooth experience.
How to Fly With Graffiti Markers Safely and Legally
To legally and safely fly with graffiti markers, there are a few guidelines you should follow:
Declare the Markers to Security
When going through airport security, declare that you have graffiti markers in your carry-on luggage. Graffiti markers contain flammable liquids and gasses, so they are considered hazardous materials. Declaring them will allow security to properly screen your bags. Failure to declare hazardous materials can lead to legal trouble.
Pack the Markers Properly
Make sure your graffiti markers are packed securely in a sealable plastic bag in case of leaks. Place absorbent material like paper towels in with the markers. Seal and double bag the markers. Clearly label the contents on the bags.
Check with the Airline
Contact your airline ahead of time to verify their policy on transporting graffiti markers. Many allow them as carry-on or checked baggage if properly declared and packed according to regulations. However, some airlines may have additional restrictions or prohibitions, especially for checked baggage. It is best to check to avoid issues at the airport.
Follow All Regulations
Carefully follow all regulations for transporting hazardous materials on aircraft as set by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This includes proper labeling, sealing and separation from other items. Non-compliance can lead to legal action or fines. When in doubt, leave the markers at home.
By properly preparing, packing, and declaring your graffiti marker, as well as verifying policies with authorities, you can feel confident bringing them with you when you fly. However, if at any point you do not feel the markers can be brought safely and legally, do not attempt to transport them. Your safety, and the safety of others, should be the priority.