"Sir, why is your laptop bag ticking?"**
website to get the latest information on allowed and banned items.
I found out that yes, we can now carry liquids, gels and/or aerosols on board with us, if they're in 3-ounce or smaller bottles and all packed together in a quart-size Ziploc bag, blah blah blah, because we're just going to check it all anyway.
I also found out that officially, according to an actual chart on the web page, that—who knew?— the following items are not allowed on board, even in a checked bag:
- Blasting Caps—Are those like Pop Rocks?
- Dynamite—But they'll allow Vegemite and Marmite???
- Fireworks—If it was July 4th I'd be more upset
- Flares (in any form)—Flair, however, is highly encouraged
- Hand Grenades—Aww, shucks, there goes my fun Easter egg idea
- Plastic Explosives—I prefer real bacon
- Realistic Replicas of Explosives—What about pictures of replicas?
- Chlorine for Pools and Spas—The plane doesn't have a pool? Darn
- Compressed Gas Cylinders—Cones and spheres are perfectly fine
- Liquid Bleach—So much for doing laundry on board
- Spillable Batteries—Shaped like a Kool-Aid pitcher???
- Tear Gas—"But the guy won't get outta the lavatory!"