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Old September 16th, 2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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anyone ever travel with a pistol as checked baggage? how was it?what case did you buy?

ive read tsa rules just wondering how your experiance was?
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Speaking of guns on planes, what happened to the guy that brought a gun in his backpack, cus he forgot about it.
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You should just need a good case like a Pelican case, or an all metal one that can be locked. Don't use the locks they come with though. Many places sell TSA approved locks, that apparently a universal key the TSA carries can get into it without have to cut them off or damage your case.

But I've never traveled, just what I've been told by some of the guys I work with that go on hunts outside the country.
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Never traveled with a gun in a plane, but the last trip to Mexico is the third time I've gotten through TSA with a spring assist knife in my laptop bag.

(The last trip, x-ray in Mexico found it. told em to keep it and went on my way.)
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You should just need a good case like a Pelican case, or an all metal one that can be locked. Don't use the locks they come with though. Many places sell TSA approved locks, that apparently a universal key the TSA carries can get into it without have to cut them off or damage your case.

But I've never traveled, just what I've been told by some of the guys I work with that go on hunts outside the country.
No, no, no, no. NOBODY should have direct access to your firearms besides you, with out your direct permission and presence. Declare it, go through inspection, and secure. NOBODY should be able to access your firearm. If there is an issue with your declared firearm, they will get a hold of you to open the case.

From TSA's website. All that is required is that it is declared, unloaded and in a hard sided, locked case.
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Failure to adhere to the following regulations will preclude passengers from traveling with firearms, ammunitions or firearm parts:

Travelers must declare all firearms to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
The firearm must be unloaded.
The firearm must be in a hard-sided container.
The container must be locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be pulled open with little effort cannot be brought aboard the aircraft.
If firearms are not properly declared or packaged, TSA will provide the bag to law enforcement for resolution with the airline. If the issue is resolved, law enforcement will release the bag to TSA so screening may be completed.
TSA must resolve all alarms of checked luggage. If a locked container containing a firearm alarms, TSA will contact the airline, who will make a reasonable attempt to contact the owner and advise the passenger to go to the screening location. If contact is not made, the container will not be placed on the aircraft.
If a locked container alarms during screening and is not marked as containing a declared firearm, TSA will cut the lock in order to resolve the alarm.
Travelers should remain in the area designated by the aircraft operator or TSA representative to take the key back after the container is cleared for transportation.
Travelers must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
Firearm magazines and ammunition clips must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.
Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber for a rifle or pistol and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it follows the packing guidelines described above.
TSA prohibits black powder or percussion caps used with black-powder.
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I have. You have to declare it, at check in they asked to see that it was locked up unloaded and separate from the ammo. If I remember correctly, they either tagged or taped the pistol case. Luggage had to be locked with a TSA approved lock (one that they can open) which is available everywhere (got mine at WalMart).

Departing from Metro was no problem, departing from Myrtle Beach warranted a pull-aside "random" pat down.

But there's really no issues as long as you follow all the guidelines.
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I have. You have to declare it, at check in they asked to see that it was locked up unloaded and separate from the ammo. If I remember correctly, they either tagged or taped the pistol case. Luggage had to be locked with a TSA approved lock (one that they can open) which is available everywhere (got mine at WalMart).

Departing from Metro was no problem, departing from Myrtle Beach warranted a pull-aside "random" pat down.

But there's really no issues as long as you follow all the guidelines.
This is NOT for the firearm.
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But there's really no issues as long as you follow all the guidelines.
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2 small cases- 1 gun, 1 ammo. Both locked and containing nothing that I'm not willing to lose. Its an extra 15min to pickup, but rarely a big deal.
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it says the ammo can be in the case as long as it is in the oem box. looking to take it with me on a trip as a test run because im going hog hunting in the spring and want to get the process down. thanks guys
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My pistols always go in a metal lock box.
When flying i would go the extra step and have a trigger/breech style lock
attached also. Security always seemed to like that extra step and would comment on it.

Just declared it to the agent at check in, usually a quick visual check, and then a tag on the bag and that was it.
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I carry on with my pistola crammed in my waistband. I can only hike my pants up to just below my bag-0-beans, and NO TSA agent would dare fondle around in there looking for anything. I carry bullets in my front pockets, because I can't reach my knees standing up, and can't pull my piece sitting down ( my gun anyways)
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Not a big deal at all. Nobody has ever bothered to even have me open the case.

Make sure you follow the airlines procedures, as well as the TSA, as some airlines are more restrictive than the TSA.

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I had a bad experience when I shot SASS going to Mississippi. I was underage at the time so by law they were my father's guns. We didn't have tsa lockes and they pryed the case open. They were very expensive metal cases. They said they tried to contact my dad after we were on the plane. However, nobody said a word to us. They had "mismarked" a case which had 2 long guns and 4 pistols in it. When they scanned it they saw pistols and destroyed the case to fondle them. They then really tagged all 4 cases correctly and used huge zip ties to "fix" the case. After that we just shipped guns to the comps we flew too. This was about 9 years ago. I will never know who did what with my guns and therefore never fly with firearms again. Shipping is much safer.
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You should just need a good case like a Pelican case, or an all metal one that can be locked. Don't use the locks they come with though. Many places sell TSA approved locks, that apparently a universal key the TSA carries can get into it without have to cut them off or damage your case.

But I've never traveled, just what I've been told by some of the guys I work with that go on hunts outside the country.
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No, no, no, no. NOBODY should have direct access to your firearms besides you, with out your direct permission and presence.
From TSA's website. All that is required is that it is declared, unloaded and in a hard sided, locked case.
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I have. You have to declare it, at check in they asked to see that it was locked up unloaded and separate from the ammo. If I remember correctly, they either tagged or taped the pistol case. Luggage had to be locked with a TSA approved lock (one that they can open) which is available everywhere (got mine at WalMart).

Departing from Metro was no problem, departing from Myrtle Beach warranted a pull-aside "random" pat down.

But there's really no issues as long as you follow all the guidelines.
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it says the ammo can be in the case as long as it is in the oem box. looking to take it with me on a trip as a test run because im going hog hunting in the spring and want to get the process down. thanks guys
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Not a big deal at all. Nobody has ever bothered to even have me open the case.

Make sure you follow the airlines procedures, as well as the TSA, as some airlines are more restrictive than the TSA.

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Check with the airline, sometimes they won't allow ammo to packed next to the weapon even though TSA don't mind. Ammo MUST be in the original box OR in a magazine with a cap that covers the open end of the magazine.

I recommend the following:

Lock your pistol unloaded in a hard-sided case. Pack your ammo in the box you purchased it in but SEPERATE from your weapon.

Lock your pistol case with a lock that is NOT a 'TSA' approved lock.

Lock the case ina suitcase, and lock that also with another NON-TSA approved lock.

Check in with your airline, declare your pistol, ensure the airline gives you the proper tag that proves you declared it. Lock everything up after the airline checks it (Or doesn't check it... some do, some don't).

Wait around to see if TSA needs to open the case. If they do, you have the key. When you are assured your luggage has been cleared, go to security checkpoint.

I like Sandals idea of using a trigger lock.

Be sure to get with your airline before you fly if you are unsure.
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Save time by yelling "I HAVE A GUN" as soon as you enter the airport.
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I use a factory S&W case. Put a masterlock on it. Declare it, then get on the plane. Rifles get two locks.
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