LOS ANGELES – Here is another thing travelers may want to consider a trip will take them through Los Angeles International Airport — marijuana.
Always be careful with wearing it on the plane.
A written policy published by the airport police says that small amounts of weed can now be taken to one of the world’s busiest airports. But, police warn, in the possession of any amount is still a federal crime and TSA agents might find your stash.
What happens if she remains a little obscure.
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said Thursday that agents not take away, but will call the police and let them go.
“TSA’s focus is on terrorism and threats to the safety of the aircraft and the passengers,” Dankers said in an e-mail.
“Or the passenger is allowed to travel with marijuana, it is up to law enforcement’s discretion,” she added.
If it turns out that a traveler is carrying no more than 28.5 grams (about an ounce), or 8 grams in a concentrated form, airport police will then turn them loose.
“Because there is no crime,” said the airport Officer Alicia Hernandez.
Still, police caution people to think twice before making a cannabis-fueled holiday.
“Travelers should be aware that the laws of marijuana varies state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the countries where they plan to travel,” said the statement posted on the website flylax.com last January, after California legalized recreational marijuana.
So far, little or no other airports seem to have followed.
San Diego International Airport has no policy on the pot, said spokesman Jonathan Heller.
In Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, it is still illegal to bring it in to Denver International Airport.
Airport spokeswoman Emily Williams says that’s because the possession is still a federal crime and air travel is regulated by the federal government.
In any case, few get caught on the wear of the pot, she said, and for those who the penalty was light as the amount was small.
“If it is a small amount that the TSA and Denver Police are asking that person to throw it away and if that person is willing to do that they walk through,” she said.
Still the best advice for travelers, said Douglas Kidd, executive director of the National Association of Airline Passengers, is to leave your stash at home. You can always buy more when you’re there.
“The first thing the TSA is going to do, is when they find something that is illegal for federal purposes, is that they are going to refer to the local police,” Kidd said.
“Now the local police can say, ‘We are not going to do anything.’ But still, the delay may cause you to miss your flight.”