Who knew what you can and can't bring on an airplane? Now you do.
Who knew what you can and can't bring on an airplane? Now you do.

     Here’s a hint from someone who hopped a plane recently:

     Don’t stuff a live lobster in your jacket before you board. Yes, that’s frowned upon.

     And, no, I don’t offer this tip from experience.

     Rather, since we rarely travel (at least via airplane), my wife and I thought we’d brush up on the do’s and don’ts of flying the friendly skies.
We had mundane questions such as, “How much toothpaste may we bring aboard?”

     Fortunately, the FAA has a handy-dandy guide online to answer such issues.

     But, as we discovered on the website, our toothpaste seems to be the least of their concerns. If something seems fishy to the FAA, it could actually be fish.

     In fact, let me put it this way: If you think no one would bring it aboard a plane, think again.

     Clearly, the FAA has been there, done that, and has a guide to prove it.

     Some tips fell into the “Good to know!” category.

     Recommendations such as, “You can’t bring an aerosol can of whipped cream in your carry-on bag.” Which, I suppose is too bad, since it takes it off the table a way to dress up those airplane pretzels. ...

     Apparently, it’s OK to bring non-infectious biological specimens onto a plane. Maybe that’s a consideration in your world when traveling, but I haven’t carried around a “specimen” such as that since ninth-grade biology ... and never did I consider sticking the filleted frog into my suitcase. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Jan. 4, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.