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Airline Security Take Equipment!
Pressurized CO2 cylinders have always been restricted as far as I know. Even small ones used to inflate PDF''s and BC''s could also be screwed into a homemade gun and shoot a projectile with compressed air. I looked on Alaska Airlines website and found it in the list of prohibited items and I heard someones story about trying to buy a liferaft in England and having a problem with getting it on the plane.
What items are restricted from being in my baggage?
Many common items used everyday in the home or workplace may seem harmless; however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in temperature and pressure can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes or start a fire.
Items that may not be packed in your carry-on or checked baggage include:
Explosives: Fireworks, gunpowder, signal flares, sparklers or other explosives
Flammable Liquids or Solids: Fuel, paints, lighter refills, strike anywhere matches, sterno
Household Items: Drain cleaners, solvents, other caustic or corrosive solids or liquids
Pressurized Containers: Butane fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, CO2 cartridges, self inflating rafts, spray cans (limited amounts of personal toilet articles, such as hair spray, are allowed)
Undeclared Firearms: Firearms may not be placed in carry-on baggage. They may be included in checked baggage if they are declared, unloaded, and properly packaged. Special restrictions apply for flights to/from Canada and Mexico. For details call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522).
Cutting Instruments: Cutting instruments are allowed in checked baggage only. No cutting instruments of any kind (regardless of size or composition) are permitted in the cabin or beyond the security check point. This includes knives of any kind, carpet knives, box cutters, scissors, razors, ice picks or other folding or retractable blades. Security may also confiscate other sharp objects or items that may contain sharp objects such as manicure sets and cork screw type wine openers.
Dry Ice: Please see the limitations for dry ice in baggage in the question below. Dry ice in excess of those quantities must be shipped as air cargo.
Alcoholic Beverages: Up to 24% alcohol by volume has no restrictions. More than 24% up to 70% alcohol by volume is allowed under the following conditions: 1. Must be in retail packaging 2. Each single container must not exceed 5 liters 3. Total per person is 5 liters 4. More than 70% alcohol by volume is not allowed in passenger baggage
Other Hazardous Materials: Gasoline-powered tools, wet-cell batteries, camping gear with fuel, radioactive materials, poisons, infectious substances.
The items above are classified as Dangerous Goods by the U.S. Government and are prohibited from being placed in your baggage. The shipment of unauthorized dangerous goods may result in criminal or civil penalties. For further information, contact Alaska Airlines at 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522) or Horizon Air at 1-800-547-9308.
Life in the age of security paranoia isn''t as easy as in the past. Since those CO2 cartridges are pretty inexpensive, I would say to either keep bringing them and expect to lose a few here and there, or look for a marine or scuba store that you could buy replacements at your destination. It sure isn''t convienient, but if the alternative is to not fly, I guess I would adapt.
Did they leave any note when they confiscated them? I am hoping they did, since they were altering a piece of safety equipment not to mention taking someones personal property.