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Fireworks and airplanes: It should be obvious that's not a good combination. At a time when the U.S. is asking for "enhanced security measures" at airports overseas and domestic airports are expected to be busy for July 4 weekend, the Transportation Security Administration is cautioning travelers to leave the fireworks at home. "The agency reminds passengers that fireworks are prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage," said Ross Feinstein, TSA press secretary.

Common sense to the contrary, TSA notes on its blog that "travelers really do continue to pack them." TSA's Instagram account shows several photos of Independence Day accessories confiscated at security checkpoints. The penalty can be high: up to $75,000 per violation, or $175,000 if someone is killed, seriously injured or property is destroyed. "Fireworks are considered hazardous materials on aircraft, and federal regulations ban even the smallest sparklers," TSA says.


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