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dragunovsks 02-27-2009 04:09 PM

Possible trip to Washington state
I might be planning a trip to Washington state here in a few months to visit a friend who is in the Navy. He lives on Whidbey Island and I (and my wife) will be flying in. I've never planned a trip dealing with airlines before and would possibly take my 1911 with me so we can get some trigger time. Any tips?

Supar 02-27-2009 04:20 PM

Here are a few requirements/tips, but you should always call your airline before the flight and let them know you will be bringing a firearm to see what their r/r's are. Every airline is a little different.

- Make sure you know the carry laws in the state you will be visiting.
- Declare your arms when you get to the airport. TSA will want to inspect them and make sure they are unloaded.
- Firearms must be in a lockable hard case.
- Ammo can be taken as well and placed in the same case but different airlines allow different quantities.

dragunovsks 02-27-2009 05:45 PM

Is the plastic case that the pistol came in enough? Or do I have to get a "harder" case?

Supar 02-27-2009 06:08 PM

The important part is that it needs to be locked, as in only you can open the case. If the TSA guys think they could easily pry it open with their hands or cut it open with a small knife (nylon cases) it probably won't fly. Literally. :D

Dillinger 02-27-2009 08:13 PM

You coming to Washington Dragunov?

Let me know when you are getting close and I will see if I can't free up some time to meet up with you and go shooting, or enjoy a beer, if you want...


And I suppose I should address the whole question. Bad Mod.

You need a plastic case. It doesn't need to lock, but it's a good idea. The one your weapon came in should be fine.

You have to declare it at check in. They will escort you to a special section where they will open your luggage and visually inspect the weapon.

If you are planning on bringing ammo, DO NOT have the weapon loaded and DO NOT have rounds in the magazine(s).

Ammo needs to be in either box it came in from the manufacturer or one of those plastic ones you can get at the sporting goods store.

No loose rounds in a pants pocket or anything.

They will inspect, as long as you are following their rules, they will sign a tag and put a note in the luggage accepting it into their "safe" care and you will be on your merry way.

Check your chosen airllines webpage prior to actually going the day of, they have a whole section about traveling with firearms on all the websites that you print out....

dragunovsks 03-02-2009 04:42 AM

Thanx for the info JD, I haven't been online in a couple of days cause my wife has been off work (she hogs the computer). How far from Whidbey Island do you live? I'm afraid my little thin plastic guncase probably won't work as you could easily cut around the hole where the lock goes with a knife to get to the gun. If I decide to take it, I'll probably go ahead and get a better case just to be safe. Of course, if I put a shackle and lock on a .50 cal. ammo can maybe......LOL!

I'll let you know if we find it plausible right now, still just in the thinkin-about-it stage. I would really like to go though, my buddy Kyle, says it's really beautiful out there.

canebrake 03-02-2009 04:52 AM

Here's some great info:

dragunovsks 03-02-2009 02:47 PM

Great info cane, I'll look into it further when I figure out what airline we'll fly, then I'll know what company-specific rules we have to follow. It looks like an ammo can with a solid padlock on it is legal. It says I can transport the ammo and firearm in the same locked case so I may go that route.

Dillinger 03-02-2009 03:26 PM


Originally Posted by dragunovsks (Post 76898)
Thanx for the info JD, I haven't been online in a couple of days cause my wife has been off work (she hogs the computer). How far from Whidbey Island do you live?

I assume you are going to NAS, which is the North end of Whidbey Island, about an hour from Canada.

I am further South than the airport you will be coming in at. Grand total, it's probably 4 to 5 hours from my place to NAS depending on traffic and whether you take the ferry or drive around.


dragunovsks 03-02-2009 06:48 PM

What's NAS?

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