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Flying with a firearm in your checked bag

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by High Altitude, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. High Altitude

    High Altitude

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    After reading a bunch of threads about flying with a firearm in your checked bags I had thoughts of all kinds of things going wrong etc.....
    Some guys make it seem like this huge process.

    CO -

    Me - declaring an unloaded firearm

    Them - sign this tag, put it in your case and lets take your luggage to TSA.

    TSA - (after scanning bag) looks good to us, bye.


    TN

    Me - declaring an unloaded firearm

    Them - sign this tag, put it in your case and TSA checks it right here.

    I watch TSA scan the bag and throw it on the conveyor belt, done deal.

    The counter people could care less and TSA never even wanted me to open the suitcase up.


    Luggage arrived like normal.

    Don't be intimidated to fly with your firearm. There is nothing to it.
     
  2. Mr. Blandings

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    Yep, just remember to stay out of New York City.
     

  3. SHG21

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    Your right, in checked luggage is relatively painless. Checking long guns like, hunting rifles or shotguns, is sometimes more of a hassle as there often in there own case. TSA will more often than not put them directly in the office at the baggage claim.
     
  4. HerrGlock

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    The only time I've ever had a bag not make it to my destination is the one time I flew without a checked firearm. Whether the two had anything to do with one another is up for question but it's an interesting piece of data considering how much I fly.
     
  5. pgg00

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    Me: declaring a firearm in my luggage

    Them: Oh My God!!! Police help (on radio)

    Me: What???

    Them: why would you need a gun?

    Police to them: WTF why you bothering us

    I then get "escorted" to a scanner for TSA that makes me open up the case verify the weapons are unloaded (with everyone seeing said weapons being waved around) Then weapons put back in case, case scanned, bag scanned, case them put back in bag, then escorted to metal detector line.

    VS

    Sioux Falls Airport

    Me: I need to declare a weapon.

    Them: Thats nice, is it unloaded?

    Me: yep

    Them: Okay good, have a nice flight.
     
  6. AFshooter

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    I fly with checked guns all the time.
    Never had a problem either with the exception of one time the "new girl" insisted the case in my bag remain unlocked. Then of course I get pulled back down stairs to the ticket counter to lock up my case after I'm already through security.
    She also didn't tell me that the Defense Travel System never issued my ticket. She gave me a "resrevation" boarding pass and I had to pay $853 at the gate (ticket was $250) to actually buy the ticket. All at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.
     
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  7. sredish

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    what exactly are you all putting your handguns into? do you use a small case specifically for the handgun or in, say a glock clambox inside your big checked bag?
     
  8. Quiet

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    jacksonville is by far the BEST to deal with. I do it!!
     
  10. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    What are you supposed to do with the ammo when you have a checked gun in your baggage?
     
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    The Google is your friend. Do not fear the Google.

    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1666.shtm

     
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  12. Tx-G30

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    Checking in firearms IS painless.... its worrying / wondering if one of those baggage handlers stole it that concerns me.
     
  13. Kosher Larry

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    I've done this a couple of times. The TSA and check-in process is pretty painless, for the most part. You'll run into the occasional moron in your more liberal cities, but carrying a copy of airline and TSA policy for reference helps guide things back into their rightful place. It can be a little nerve racking your first time, but once you see how it works it's not too bad.

    I do take a few extra precautions, more because I don't want my weapon stolen than anything else (I don't know the baggage guys from Adam and I've heard the horror stories). In addition to the mandated locking case, I place a Club trigger lock on the gun itself and once the locked gun is in the locked case, I take a cable gun lock and lock the case to the suitcase's internal rails. So, for someone to actually steal my weapon, they'd have to cut through one cable, break the box open and then find a way to remove the Club trigger lock from the weapon. It's kind of a hassle to do, but it's worth the effort.
     
  14. Kosher Larry

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    See the post I just put up below yours. This takes a lot of the stress out of it for me.
     
  15. sredish

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    so, you have your locked handgun case in your std suitcase? then when you check it, you open the suitcase to show them the handgun case (and handgun if need be) then when done, lock it all up and go with one single large suitcase?
     
  16. AFshooter

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    Pretty much what I do too.
    I carry my handguns in Pelican cases. 1150 size cases work for most any pistol.
    I just stick it on top of my clothing and stuff. When time to put the airline "unloaded firearms" tag in, I just open up the suitcase, stick the tag in the box (or next to the box depending on the airline) and show them it's locked up.
    Zip it all back up and they check it like normal. The box of ammo I just throw in wherever. Usually on the opposite side of the suitcase.

    I started to collect the airline "Firearms, Unloaded" tags. I think I have them for six airlines now.
     
  17. sredish

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    nice. was just looking at the small pelicans, didn't realize they were so inexpensive. might purchase a 1200 that way I can carry two pistols if i wanted or a few spare mags or ammo (for non-airline travel days).

    I have a dslr camera with some equipment and it'd be nice to have a case do double duty. wonder how bad of an idea it would be to travel with a pelican not in your suitcase, like checked by itself... big issues with theft do you think?
     
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    I do the same thing; plastic coated cable locked to suitcase and a trigger lock over unloaded handgun trigger guard. Seems to make things go smoother and I like the added security of knowing that you just can't grab my locked gun box and run.

    One other thing I find useful. I tell the person at the ticket counter that I would like to declare an UNLOADED FIREARM. Calms them down right away.
     
  19. fredj338

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    Yep, follow the TSA & Airline rules, be polite & it usually not a problem. TSA doesn't care how much ammo you have but the airline ruls say 5kg or about 11# in boxes, not lose in a box . The cases have to be securely locked, I use padlocks, & the ammo should be locked although it's not requreid, just easier to deal with TSA.