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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Trell22504, Feb 6, 2012.
How do I get my handgun there....... Im in NC and i'm flying to louisisana. Help please or any tips
Put it in a locked box in your checked baggage. Declare at the counter that there is a firearm in your checked baggage
I would call the airlines you are flying with and ask them what procedure you should follow. Though I think Dan is correct.
Check airline and TSA website, In general, you will need a hard sided lockable gun case. Be sure that gun is unloaded. Ammo will need to be in ammo box, like the one it came in from store-not in a magazine.
When you arrive at airport, go to ticket counter. (write this down) Smile, and say "Good morning! I need to declare an unloaded firearm in my checked baggage." Do NOT just walk up and blurt out "I have a gun!"
They will usually take you aside, wait for TSA rep to get over there, have you open case, show is unloaded (does not have to be disassembled), you sign the orange Declaration of Unloaded Firearm, copy goes inside gun case, close case, lock, put inside suitcase, hand over to TSA.
When you get to other end, may be on baggage carousel, more likely to be at baggage office. Wait until you leave airport before loading.
Too funny!! I would be afraid it would be stolen.
Do not put TSA locks on the gun case. Put a TSA lock on the suit case and regular locks on the gun case. Wait 20 to 30 minutes or untill you KNOW your bag cleared TSA inspection. I Waited 25 minutes in Detroit to clear TSA. I then went though security started walking to the gate when I got a page to go back to the ticket counter because TSA wanted the keys to inspect the gun. The TSA agent was real nice and she rush me past security check point to get me to the gate for my flight. After 10 hours and panic rush to pull my bags off my flight rebooking on anther airline and another bag check in an finely 18 hours later we got to our hotel in FL we opened the suit case and found the TSA letter and our clothes neatly packed better then my wife hastily pack it. I think I will have TSA pack our clothes for our next trip.
Get to the airport early. Also take a look at the other passengers faces when you open your gun case at the ticket counter.
Sounds like you had a good experience with TSA. You know your the only one in the country, right?
I have never had a problem with a TSA agent. I have 22" of metal in my right knee and been hand searched every time. I chatted and joked with the agent and every time they always been polite.
My trip, for the most part, was uneventful. When I left Wichita, I declared my pistol. They just looked at me like I told them the sky is blue, handed me the forms to sign, ask me if it was unloaded, then took my bag. A real snore-fest. But two weeks later when I was leaving Phoenix, it was a little different. I declared my pistol and they wanted me to pull it out and show them it was unloaded...at the ticket counter!! I ask them if they really wanted me to pull it out right there and they insisted. But then they had me do it with my bag blocking the view of the rest of the customers.
Then they wanted me to leave my lock box unlocked. I told them that I WOULD NOT leave my firearm unsecured. She then said they needed to do this in case the TSA agent wanted to inspect it. I again refused to leave it unsecured. I told her that if they needed to inspect it they could page me and I would be more than happy to return, with the key, and both the key and I would go get the pistol inspected. I don't think they were real excited with this, but it all worked out and it was a pretty good experience overall.
As stated earlier, just be kind and not nervous. Read the airlines rules for transporting a weapon and read the TSA guidelines. It would also be good advise to review the gun laws of the state you're traveling to, also. It should be a smooth experience for you also. Good luck.
Thank everyone for all the advice
The TSA website is very clear.
Do make sure you check the websites of the airline(s) you plan to fly. They may have some other specific guideline that you wouldn't normally think of. When I flew on one particular airline, they required that any ammunition be in the original packaging (which must also conform to TSA's guidelines).
Be calm, pleasant and patient. A couple of airline agents I dealt with were a little anxious. I don't think they were so anxious about the gun itself, but it seemed to me they didn't want to make a mistake.
One good piece of advice I read somewhere is to print out the guidelines from the TSA website and the airline and keep them handy in case there's a disagreement over specifics. I never needed it, but it was good to have.
@WOC, I have read more than one account of people carrying a firearm in luggage that also contained other valuables, such as photography equipment or jewelry as a method for making sure your other valuables don't get stolen.