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Can I take this on an airplane?

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I purchased these oil floating candles to put in the villa's pool for our reception.

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I bought the parafin oil along with the candles because obviously oil candles need oil! FI told me yesterday that he's not sure I'll be able to bring it on the plane (it would be in checked baggage) since it is flammable. Anyone have any idea if this is the case?

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Beside the issue of what it is, you have to consider if it is a liquid you can only take a one quart size bag of liquids on the plane. So, unless they will all fit in one or two (one for each of you quart size ziplocs, not only are you facing an issue if it is considered flamable but will it get past the liquids requirement.

 

Also, if they consider this a flammable liquid, you may not even be able to check it. Below is the TSA policy. None of these items can be taken on the plane as carry-on or in checked baggage.

 

Flammable Items Carry-on Checked

Aerosol (any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities) No No

Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel) No No

Gasoline No No

Gas Torches No No

Lighter Fluid No No

Common Lighters - Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation (DOT) exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case. If you are uncertain as to whether your lighter is prohibited, please leave it at home. Yes No

Torch Lighters - Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit) and more intense than those from common lighters. Torch lighters are often used for pipes and cigars, and maintain a consistent stream of air-propelled fire regardless of the angle at which it is held. Torch lighters continue to be banned. No No

Strike-anywhere Matches - One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage. No No

Flammable Paints (See Other Items below for non-flammable paints) No No

Turpentine and Paint Thinner No No

Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries No No

NOTE: There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at FAA: Home, click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly

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In a checked bag, Caroline, you can take more than what fits in a quart size bag. The quart size is only for carry-on

 

Kristy how much oil do you have? it's really going to be based on how much and the size that you have. If you just have a very small bottle you may be able to get away w/ it. But probably won't be able to take it. Where are you flying out of? Does TSA go through each bag or do they scan them?

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Kristy, what airline are you flying? I wonder if you could call and ask someone at the airport?? Or maybe all your wedding coordinator in St. Lucia and see if she can get you some there - then you wouldn't even have to worry about it!

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hmm I would think you could probably put it in your bag and get by with it, but Betsy has a great suggestion to ask your WC about if they can get some of this for you at your destination. The last thing you would want is to get to the airport and get searched and have a problem arise that would cause stress for you

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FYI NO you can NOT bring flammable items like parafin oil regardless of quantity. I work for an airline and it also does not matter what airline you fly on because it's not an airline rule, it's a government regulation. Hope that helps. :)

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To clarify, if your bag is randomly searched, not only will they remove the oil when it is found, but TSA is required to have the airline contact you to let you know why the item was removed and the airline agent has to fill out a hazmat report. This could not only delay YOU from getting on your flight but it could cause your bag to miss the flight.

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Kritsy, I know you already bought them but can they be returned? I was just thinking that maybe the villa wouldn't like oil candles near the chlorine pool. Maybe regular floating candles would suffice? You can buy those in bulk packs at places like michaels.

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Originally Posted by Abbie View Post
To clarify, if your bag is randomly searched, not only will they remove the oil when it is found, but TSA is required to have the airline contact you to let you know why the item was removed and the airline agent has to fill out a hazmat report. This could not only delay YOU from getting on your flight but it could cause your bag to miss the flight.
I will tell you that at our airport now the airlines are not required to contact you. TSA removes the item and leaves a letter stating that an item has been removed and given to your airline. it is your job to contact the airline, if you don't after so much time they will throw it out!

But Abbie is right its not the airline or destinations choice, its government regulated. Plus you don't want something flammable on your flight! TRUST ME!

i would just return them. What about just regular floating candles?

Off topic, Abbie what airline do you work for? Are you in ticketing, ground crew, what?

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