Can I bring weed on a private jet charter?
No. Flying with marijuana is illegal. If weed on a private jet is smoked in flight, the circulating air can affect the pilots, which can impair their flying ability. This creates an unsafe environment for both the crew and the passengers.
Marijuana & the Law
As of January 2020, nearly 30 states have legalized marijuana. However, that doesn’t mean marijuana is legal on private jet charters. All public airports, airspace, and aircrafts are governed and regulated by federal law and subject to enforcement through federal law.
So what does this mean?
Passengers, pilots, and flight crew members are not legally allowed to bring or consume marijuana on commercial or private flights. This law also applies to those in possession of a medical marijuana identification card.
There is no exception to this law.
Enforcement & Penalties
For the crew: If a crew member or pilot strongly suspects a passenger may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may be refused access to the aircraft. If they suspect a passenger is in possession of marijuana or other drugs, they also have the right to refuse entry to the aircraft. A pilot or other crew member can potentially lose their license for allowing these illegal substances aboard their aircrafts.
For the passenger: Possession of marijuana on a federally regulated aircraft comes with a punishment of jail time, up to one year, and a minimum $1,000 fine for the first conviction. From there, penalties drastically increase for each subsequent offence.
Previous Cases Where Drugs Have Been Problematic
Juice WRLD: Chicago-born rapper Juice WRLD passed away due to cardiac arrest on a private jet. On that same flight, he was also found with nearly 70 pounds of marijuana stashed inside a suitcase onboard his private charter.
Justin Bieber: On a private charter from Canada to New Jersey, the captain repeatedly asked Bieber and his passengers to refrain from smoking marijuana in flight. This forced the pilots and crew to don oxygen masks for the duration of the flight. Customs and Border Patrol, along with DEA, were waiting on the tarmac when the plane landed.
Lil Wayne: When rapper Lil Wayne touched down at Miami Opa Locka Executive Airport, federal agents were awaiting his arrival due to a tip they received about the rapper. After a search of his private jet, numerous drugs were found among his possessions.
While these cases have been heavily reported on in the news, there are plenty of charters that aren’t. When flying on a private charter, it’s best to leave all illegal substances at home. It’s not worth the risk.