Stricter airline rules and regulations implemented

21 Feb 2003 | Cpl. Kristin S. Gambrell

Officials are implementing stricter airline rules and regulations due to heightened nationwide security.

Recent incidents, however, have shown that many are still unaware of rules and regulations that govern what passengers can and cannot take aboard aircraft. 

Passengers have been apprehended trying to take knives, a practice grenade detonator, a smoke grenade, an explosive core of a practice grenade and pieces of a claymore land mine.

Here are a few things service members and their families need to keep in mind when traveling by air.

All checked baggage is now inspected for traces of explosives.  This includes any type of souvenirs from explosive devices, said Jerry Vickers, the director at Albert J. Ellis Airport, Jacksonville, N.C. 

"The best advice I received while on active duty was if it was issued to you on a range, make sure it is turned in or stays on the range," said Vickers.

"Also, a lot of Marines like to buy knives as souvenirs.  These are fine if they are packed in the checked baggage.  These items need to be kept in a box or have some sort of case on them so they do not injure the screeners while doing a hand search."

Some of the items permitted in carry-on baggage include the following:

Cigar cutters


Cuticle cutters

Eyelash curlers

Knives, round-bladed butter or plastic

Nail clippers

Nail files



Laptop computers


Medication and specially needed devices

Some of the prohibited items include the following:

Scissors with metal-pointed tips

Box cutters

Ice axes or ice picks


Meat cleavers

Razor-type blades

Baseball bats

Bow and arrows

Ski poles

Spear guns

Hockey sticks


Martial Arts/ Self defense Items

All of the items listed above are allowed in checked baggage, according to the Transportation Security Administration Web site at

Once a screener detects an unauthorized item, the person whose luggage it is gets turned over to law enforcement officers.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation must also be notified to see what actions it wants to take, said Vickers.

In some instances the person will be given the option to get rid of the contraband or store it in his or her checked baggage, according to the Web site.