Can I wear or carry my bullet-proof vest on the plane?
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: spurious-ga
List Price: $2.00
12 Dec 2002 04:31 PST
Expires: 11 Jan 2003 04:31 PST
Question ID: 123549
With all the new security stuff, can I wear or carry (handluggage or checked) concealed body armor on passenger flights to/from USA, Europe and Asia. I'm specially interested in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysis, Thailand, Philippines, but general info will do. I'm not to worried about my safety on the flight, just gotta bring it with me. 5 stars for a good, quick, short answer (otherwise no rating)
Re: Can I wear or carry my bullet-proof vest on the plane?
Answered By: byrd-ga on 12 Dec 2002 08:12 PST
The short answer is yes, you should be able to either wear, carry, or check your bulletproof vest while travelling virtually anywhere. If you wear or carry it, however, be prepared to answer questions by and verify your identity to security personnel. If it is checked, you may still be asked to explain why you have it. The best answer is that you have the article for personal protection while traveling in/through dangerous areas, which, with your identification, should be satisfactory. Here is a link to the Transportation Security Administration's most current list of permitted/prohibited items: http://www.tsa.dot.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/Permitted_Prohibited.doc TSA (Transportation Security Administration) general page for travelers: http://184.108.40.206/public/theme_home1.jsp FAA page for travelers: http://www2.faa.gov/index.cfm/1146 U.S. Customs http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/knowf.htm Advice about traveling in dangerous areas: http://www.sageworld.freeserve.co.uk/views/safety.htm Article on safety for business travelers abroad: http://www.lubrinco.com/ejournal/ej200110.pdf An article that recommends helmets and bullet-proof vests, but in non-military colors: http://www.inq7.net/nat/2002/may/05/nat_6-1.htm Asia travel discussion forum: http://www.virtualtourist.com/f/3/ Nearly all sites suggest contacting individual airlines about their specific policies, which is good general advice. However, you should have no difficulty with your vest as most agencies appear to understand the need and/or desire for personal protection in our dangerous times. Please let me know if you need any clarification. I hope I haven't been too verbose. :-) Best wishes for a safe journey. Byrd
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I'd give six stars, because your answer was beyond my expectations, but the drop-down doesn't go that high. Have another $2 instead. Interestingly, your views and comments were more useful than the URLs, which though interesting show how little has been said officially. You seen to know quite a bit about the topic. You might want to answer my follow-up question: https://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=123967 Thanks byrd-ga!
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