Possible trip to Washington state

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  1. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    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?
     
  2. Supar

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    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.
     

  3. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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

    Supar New Member

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    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
     
  5. Dillinger

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    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...

    JD

    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....
     
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  6. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    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.
     
  7. dragunovsks

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    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.
     
  8. Dillinger

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    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.

    JD
     
  9. canebrake

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    Naval Air Station. [​IMG]
     
  10. Dillinger

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    Cane would be correct. Naval Air Station Whidbey. It's the only military base up in that neck of the woods. Welcome to NAS "The Sound of Freedom" is the tag line on the sign out front.

    The Blue Angles land and practice there every year before SeaFair. I spent many a paid afternoon on Cable Company time watching them perform. :D

    JD
     
  11. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Does commercial aircraft fly into NAS? Or is there a commercial airport in the area? I will be flying commercial and wasn't for sure how it worked.
     
  12. Dillinger

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    Not unless you are Air Force One. :D

    You will fly into Sea-Tac, which is Seattle Tacoma International Nightmare ( I mean airport ). Depending on when you are landing, and where you are headed ( North? ) and how quickly you will be SMACK DAB in the middle of some of the areas worst rush hour traffic.

    I would suggest several Valium and a couple of little bottles while on the plane.

    JD
     
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    Naval Air Station...

    Whidbey Island NAS is located in the northwest corner of Washington State, 90 miles north of Seattle. Within close proximity to the San Juan Islands and the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Whidbey Island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing, hunting, hiking, sailing, canoeing, camping and bike riding are all prevalent in this spectacular rural area with its rocky beaches and rolling hills.

    Naval Air Station Whidbey is comprised of two bases five miles apart: the Seaplane Base and the Naval Air Station (also known as Ault Field.) Located on the western shore of the island, the Air Station contains most of the military activities. The Seaplane Base is on the eastern shore at the edge of the town of Oak Harbor.

    Been there, done that...when I worked for DoD. If ya get a chance, check out Seattle too! The Underground and birthplace of Jimi Hendrix...