Can You Really Fly with Weed?

Can You Really Fly with Weed?

You can now walk through Los Angeles International Airport with a small amount of weed. But what if you want to fly with it?

According to a new policy, LAX will now allow people over 21 to carry up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and up to 8 grams of concentrated marijuana on them when they visit the airport. Bringing that weed onto a plane is another story.

LAX’s new policy is limited to the areas of the airport supervised by the city. As soon as you pass through a Transportation Security Administration area, you’re under federal law, making all possession of marijuana illegal.

With that said, looking for weed isn’t the TSA’s top priority.

According to their website, the agency’s screening procedures “are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.” As a result, they won’t automatically search for marijuana. However, if they suspect you of carrying pot or any other illegal drug, they will conduct a more thorough search. And if TSA screeners find weed in your luggage or your pockets, they’ll likely call in the local police department. It’s then up to them to decide whether they want to go any further with it or not.

Keep in mind that this policy only applies to LAX. There are more than 500 other airports in the U.S. that serve commercial flights, so even if you do make it onto a flight at LAX with your weed safely tucked in your pockets or stored in your luggage, the rules at the airport where you’ll be landing will likely be much more strict. Some airports — especially in foreign countries — conduct random searches of arriving passengers. Some even employ drug-sniffing dogs who can find your stash as soon as you get off the plane.

Bottom line: Whether you’re departing or arriving, if you’re caught with weed at the airport — especially overseas — you’ll not only risk missing your flight, you’ll also risk being taken to jail.

Until the laws everywhere are more clear and more lenient, we can’t recommend flying with weed.