Airline travel with pistols?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by phiche, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. phiche

    phiche New Member

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    Interested in experiences of traveling thru airports and different airlines!
    I just ordered a Pelican Box to hold my pistols. I'll place the box in a large suitcase. TSA likes lookin' at "purty guns"
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    C3shooter will come along and answer you here. He has experience with this.
     

  3. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    The is based on my experience flying out of New Jersey, i recommend you contact your local airport and airline for their specific rules and regs.
    I suggest you find a way to connect your case to your suitcase. I fly with one like in the image. Keep your ammo separate in the box it came in. It can go in the same suitcase as your pelican case. But not in with the firearm. No loaded magazines. Go to the counter to check in and tell them you are checking in a firearm. Easy enough. Only you should unlock the firearm case, or at the very least the key to the case or lock shouldn't leave your possession.
     

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  4. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    You need a locking hard gun case. I have an aluminum case with combination locks. I have caught some grief over the combination locks but they let me board. I have never tried to fly with ammo. I just get ammo at my destination. Getting ammo might not be so simple in the near future. I also have a plastic Kel Tec case with padlocks. Never a problem with the plastic box.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Good answers so far.

    As said- no loaded mags, ammo in original type box.

    Be SURE gun is not loaded. $10,000 fine kind of sure.

    Lockable hard case, do NOT use TSA friendly locks. Go to check in counter, smile, say "Good morning. I would like to declare an unloaded firearm in my checked baggage."

    Do NOT simply announce "I have a gun". That will end badly.

    They will have you show gun is empty, have you fill out declaration form which goes in case. They will have TSA look it over, then you lock case, give to TSA, YOU keep key.
     
  6. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What he said.
     
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  7. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have traveled with a handgun A LOT on all of the airlines. They MAY ask you to open the case and verify it is unload, but most just have you open the case and place the signed 'declaration' in side your luggage. I went one step further. I place a chain 'through' the locked case and have a 'I' bolt installed in the bottom of you luggage and I lock the case to the luggage. If anyone wants to take the case they would have to take the entire luggage item. This makes it a bit harder to conceal from view for a would be thief. I have had numerous TSA agents tell me I should market this, but how do you market a 1/4 I bolt???;)
     
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  8. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    All good advice. As I said as well, try to find a way to attach the pistol case to your luggage. This way they cannot easily be separated.
    You're not the first nor will you be the last to travel by air with a firearm so just follow the rules be respectful and you'll have no problems whatsoever.
     
  9. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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  10. JWagner

    JWagner New Member

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    The deviating.net article is pretty good. Somewhere out there is a Youtube video of the author giving a live presentation of what is in that article.
     
  11. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Maybe click the link at the top of the page titled... wait for it... VIDEO?
     
  12. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    What he said.