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Q: Can I wear or carry my bullet-proof vest on the plane? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: 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
Posted: 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

5 stars for a good, quick, short answer (otherwise no rating)
Subject: Re: Can I wear or carry my bullet-proof vest on the plane?
Answered By: byrd-ga on 12 Dec 2002 08:12 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
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

Here is a link to the Transportation Security Administration's most
current list of permitted/prohibited items:

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) general page for

FAA page for travelers:

U.S. Customs

Advice about traveling in dangerous areas:

Article on safety for business travelers abroad:

An article that recommends helmets and bullet-proof vests, but in
non-military colors:

Asia travel discussion forum:

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.


Clarification of Answer by byrd-ga on 13 Dec 2002 06:11 PST

Thank you very much for the generous rating and tip!  I'm so glad I
was able to give you some information you found useful.  I'll have a
look at the other question.  Thanks again!

spurious-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
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:

Thanks byrd-ga!

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