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Can you take a live plant through security for a domestic flight?

Old Dec 27, 07, 3:21 pm
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Can you take a live plant through security for a domestic flight?

My MIL, while on vacation here, got a small rose bush for her brithday, from her not so forward thinking son.
When she flies back, can she get that through security. It is small enough to put in a carry on bag.
With all the wonderful TSA rules these days, I wasn't sure.
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Old Dec 27, 07, 3:24 pm
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Rose bushes should not be a problem.
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Old Dec 27, 07, 3:35 pm
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I guess it depends - does it have more than 3 oz of liquid in it? Those things can hold a lot of water.
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Old Dec 27, 07, 3:47 pm
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I would think that, as long as the plant has proper ID, it shouldn't be a problem. That is, unless TSA decides it doesn't pass the SPOT test ("I asked it where it was going, but it refused to answer!")
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Old Dec 27, 07, 4:39 pm
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I brought a Bird of Paradise from SAN to DCA via CLT with no problems at all. I even refused to allow them to X-Ray it so they did the swab test ^
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Old Dec 27, 07, 5:37 pm
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I've carried plants back to CA from Portland. If there had been an ag inspection there I don't know that I would have been permitted to do so (in fact, I'm pretty certain I wouldn't have), but TSA is not ag.
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Old Dec 27, 07, 10:41 pm
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You absolutely need to cut the thorns off. I thought everybody knew that.
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Old Dec 27, 07, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by essxjay View Post
Rose bushes should not be a problem.
I don't know about that, those thorns could hurt someone!! They might make you put it in a plastic bag.
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Old Dec 28, 07, 5:21 am
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Can you take a live plant through security for a domestic flight?

I have seen screeners airside, if that's your question.
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Old Dec 28, 07, 10:40 pm
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I brought a fig branch thru SMF in September. The cut end was wrapped in damp paper towels and a plastic bag, and the whole thing was in a larger bag. It was in the top of my carry on, and no one gave it a second look. As soon as I cleared security, I added enough water to keep it wet, but not dripping.
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Old Dec 29, 07, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Georgia Peach View Post
I brought a fig branch thru SMF in September.
Not only not forbidden, but pretty soon it will be required. We'll all have to go through security wearing just a fig branch.
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Old Dec 29, 07, 3:57 pm
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Some states do have ag inspections - California and Hawaii come to mind.
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Old Dec 29, 07, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Katja View Post
Some states do have ag inspections - California and Hawaii come to mind.
I've never seen an ag inspection at a domestic terminal in CA. We've pretty much done away with the vehicle inspection stations now too.

I have had problems with plants and ag at international entry at CA airports.
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Old Dec 29, 07, 4:36 pm
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Some airports in FL have bins where you "must" toss backyard citrus - any citrus not purchased from a store.

I've never seen anyone use the bins, nor would I be tossing any of the citrus products I plan on eating or giving as gifts. I know enough not to take Florida citrus into Arizona, California or Hawaii.

It's not within the TSA's authority to confiscate fruit, plants or other items or enforce agricultural restrictions.
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Old Dec 29, 07, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Katja View Post
Some states do have ag inspections - California and Hawaii come to mind.
I've never seen Ag inspections in California. In Puerto Rico, yes... at all commercial airports, but never in Ca.
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