Flying In America Has Changed Since 9/11

If you are of a certain age you may remember the days of walking into an airport (perhaps even while smoking a cigarette) and just boarding the plane.

Today, you need to arrive hours before you flight, go through multiple check points and ensure you don't have anything dangerous on you or in your bags.

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While there are plenty of people out there who are afraid of flying, I absolutely love it.  I love to people watch during layovers and I enjoy reaching my destination is just hours instead of days.

The one thing I don't love about traveling by plane is packing. I am notorious for waiting until the night before and then just stuffing it all into a backpack.

While you won't get into any trouble if all you pack is clothes, there are plenty of items you can't pack either in your carry-on or in your checked bag as well. Like guns, which it seems plenty of people flying out of Montana try to get away with.

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Items You Can't Put Into Your Checked Bag In Montana

When it comes to what you can and can't pack the best tip we can give you is the one that TSA themselves say on their website

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists below. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns.

So if you want a stress free trip the next time you fly out of any Montana airport, DO NOT pack the following items found in the gallery below.

19 Items Absolutely Banned from Checked Bags at Montana Airports

There are certain things you can and cannot bring onto a plane. And some of those items depend on where you pack them. We all know that you can't bring certain things in a carry-on, but did you know that there are some things that can't even go in your checked bag? Here are 19 items that Montana TSA says ain't gonna fly.

Gallery Credit: Kristen Matthews


Last year the TSA screened more than 858 million people, which works out to 7.8 firearms found per million passengers. Despite the rise in firearms found, the rate they were found was a drop from the 8.6 found per million passengers in 2022.

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Gallery Credit: Will Gordon