While firearms and ammunition can be checked as sporting equipment with strict guidelines, there are a few exceptions as required by law. Review the regulations before you bring anything potentially hazardous to the airport.
We allow small arms ammunition, in quantities not exceeding 11 lbs. (5 kg) per person, as checked-baggage only. The weapon must be securely boxed and intended for that person's own use. More than one passenger may not combine quantities into one package. See more details/guidelines under shooting equipment.
You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with all Federal, State or local laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms. For more information about this regulation you can visit the TSA website, opens in a new window.
Note: Gunpowder (e.g., Pyrodex, black powder, mace, pepper spray and tear gas) is never permitted.
AMMUNITION – SOUTH AFRICA
Weapons and ammunition departing from South Africa must be packed in a small box or case. That box or case must be locked and place inside checked baggage. Ammunition cannot be stored in the same case as the weapon. These guidelines must be met in addition to packing and declaring firearms guidelines required on Delta Air Lines.
AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS - SOUTH KOREA
When traveling to and through South Korea, all firearms and ammunition in checked baggage must be declared at the time of check-in/baggage drop off.
Failure to declare firearms and ammunition may result in confiscation of the firearms/ammunition in South Korea, refused entry to South Korea or continued travel, and possible fines. Customers must declare exact quantity and type of firearms (serial number of available) and exact quantity of ammunition.
Please read important information regarding packaging and presenting/declaring firearms at check-in.
AMMUNITION – UNITED KINGDOM
Weapons and ammunition departing from the United Kingdom must be packed in a small box or case. That box or case must be locked and place inside checked baggage. Ammunition cannot be stored in the same case as the weapon. These guidelines must be met in addition to packing and declaring firearms guidelines required on Delta Air Lines.
FIREWORKS OR EXPLOSIVES
Don’t even think about it. Firecrackers, signal flares, Christmas crackers or sparklers are not allowed anytime, as a carry-on or checked baggage. If in doubt about an item that could be explosive, leave it at home. These items are not allowed on any Delta Air Lines flights.
FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR SOLIDS
Flammable liquids are rarely allowed on Delta flights. Guidelines for carrying flammable liquids are as follows:
- A fuel lighter is permitted in your pocket or in carry-on baggage only
- Up to two lighters are allowed in your checked baggage if they are properly enclosed in a U.S. Department of Transportation approved case
- Lighters without fuel are allowed as checked or carry-on baggage
- Lighter refills, fuels (such as gasoline or Sterno cans), paints, stains, lubricants, and "strike-anywhere" matches are not allowed
- One regular matchbook is permitted in your pocket as long as it isn’t the "strike anywhere" matches
- Torch or blue flame lighters are strictly prohibited
- Lithium battery powered lighters without a safety cap or means of protection against unintentional activation are prohibited in carry-on baggage, checked baggage, and as when carried on one’s person.