The TSA, on the TSA Blog, has issued tips for Halloween travel. You can be a zombie or a pirate, but you may NOT have any Halloween replicas or props that look like axes, swords, pitchforks, etc. in carry-on bags. Instead, you must pack and check these items. However, any items that look like real explosives aren’t OK to carry anywhere – even in checked baggage.
Of course, I’m sure you are thinking of ridiculous extremes that the TSA can take these guidelines to, but most of it seems like plain old common sense to me. Here’s the post:
With October comes fall foliage, pumpkin flavoring in EVERYTHING, and Halloween!
If you plan on traveling with your costume this year, keep in mind that realistic replica items and props such as guns, scythes, pitch forks, chainsaws, butcher knives, grenades, axes, bombs, swords, machetes, and other realistic weapons are prohibited from being transported in your carry-on bags.
Most replica weapons can be transported in your checked baggage, but it’s never OK to pack anything that looks like (to include but not limited to) explosives such as grenades, land mines, rocket launchers, shells and bombs. Even if it’s a replica, anything resembling an explosive is treated as the real deal until the explosives experts can prove otherwise, which often leads to delayed flights or baggage.
And there you have it – check your machete or leave it at home!