Passengers on commercial airlines now can check in a can of Mace with their luggage but face penalties if they carry the self-defense spray on board with them, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.
The agency adjusted its regulations in response to requests from flight crew and passengers who said they wanted a means of self-protection once they arrive at their destinations. Under the changed rules, passengers now can check in with their luggage one self-defense spray, weighing 4 ounces or less and containing not more than 2 percent tear gas.
Passengers bringing Mace or pepper spray on board the aircraft or not following the regulations face penalties of up to $25,000 and five years in prison.
In October, a can of pepper spray went off on an America West flight, causing the pilot to deploy cabin oxygen masks during a landing.