Although marijuana is legal only in some states, and for medicinal purposes in more, pot remains illegal under federal law.
You have to clear a federal checkpoint to fly commercial. The TSA has viewed its job as (T)akes (S)tinkweed (A)way. The Denver airport even instituted an unconstitutional ban on wearing marijuana t-shirts.
Moreover smelling of pot could be reason to confiscate all your savings (if you happen to be carrying it on you when a fed’s nose is working).
Aspen introduced this too and started receiving “marijuana-infused drinks, pipes and edible items like sweets and biscuits.”
So conventional wisdom is that you cannot fly in the U.S. with weed. Colorado Springs airport installed amnesty boxes so that passengers could leave their weed rather than break the law (free pot for airport employees).
The most that TSA can do is refer someone with marijuana to local law enforcement, who will not act where there’s no violation of state law.
LAX is one of the most competitive airline markets in the country. This policy is a new kind of mile high club and should give American Airlines a leg up with their ubiquitous chocolate chip cookies.
So join those marijuana buying loyalty programs and leverage their reefer-a-friend bonuses if you’re traveling through Los Angeles.