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This is a discussion on Transporting firearm on airline within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have never had airline personnel or TSA touch a weapon. They ask if it is unloaded and that may also be confirmed by x-ray....

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    I have never had airline personnel or TSA touch a weapon. They ask if it is unloaded and that may also be confirmed by x-ray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andriss View Post
    I think it depends on the airport.
    I have found this to be the case. DFW is large enough to have a desk in a certain area where they can check, by you manipulating the firearm and verifying the ammo is in a manufacturer's container. and in my example above, San Diego is not large enough nor do they apparently have experience enough to call TSA over to check BEFORE loading the firearm on the plane.
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    Neither TSA or any airline employee is permitted to touch a firearm. If that is required they are instructed to call LE. By signing the declaration card you are affirming the weapon is unloaded.

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    I have traveled thru JFK airport several times. Yes, NYC. Only once have a Port Authority Leo's give me a hard time. There are post here. Follow the rules. If you are traveling over NYC via plane and you must make an unexpected landing landing I suggest you DO NOT take possesion of your firearm. I would contact the Port Authority to see what they can do for you. The problem is that if you take possesion of your firearm and go to check it back in the next day you will be arrested for an illegal firearm.

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    Did this last week flying out of Kansas City to Bozeman. Slightly different experiences, but both very professional. I noticed they marked our bags as "Priority" luggage. I would presume to help make sure they made our connections. I almost never check luggage due to the wait, so it was sure nice having them come up first.

    I used a Simplex locked case and in KC, TSA did attempt to open it without me. Asked me to read the combination over the phone. Must have had a problem, or have been instructed not to, because he ended up bringing it back upstairs to have me open it.

    Really did not add too much time to check in, however, we did show up pretty early to avoid crowds and problems.
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    I have one question regarding the ammo. I realize it has to be in the original container but does the have to be locked up also or can I just put the box of ammo inside my suitcase somewhere?


    Also, is there a fee associated with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrange View Post
    I have one question regarding the ammo. I realize it has to be in the original container but does the have to be locked up also or can I just put the box of ammo inside my suitcase somewhere?


    Also, is there a fee associated with this?
    The ammo box(es) can be loose in the suitcase. Original boxes or plastic reloading boxes are acceptable. When I fly I have two mags (one loaded) inside a double mag pouch secured by wide rubber bands (in addition to extra ammo), so I can gear up immediately on leaving the airport terminal. I have never had a problem with this procedure as it conforms to TSA regs.

    No fee. Some airlines consider the weapons case inside the suitcase as a second bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andriss View Post
    I think it depends on the airport. Yes, only you should have the key/combination/fingerprint to open the box. They can also x-ray your bag to determine that it's unloaded and in a locked container. The ticketing agent will give you the orange card before it goes to the TSA agent. This card can also simply just go in your luggage.
    It's good to know the rules before you head to the airport. I once had an agent take the orange card and hang it from the handle of my suitcase. I had to point out to her that it was supposed to go inside. She apologized and said she was new.

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    The last time I flew (about a month ago), TSA taped the red tag to the outside of the gun case with TSA tape & tag. He said it was so the x-ray people would know that the case had been checked.

    There is considerable variation between airports. Some have case checks in addition to x-ray some do not.
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    TSA was breaking their own rules asking you for the combination over the phone. Glad they had trouble. I would have refused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swinokur View Post
    TSA was breaking their own rules asking you for the combination over the phone. Glad they had trouble. I would have refused.
    Great point. You need to know the rules, and [trust me on this], don't count on an airline agent or a TSA wonk to get it right. My first experience had the east coast gate agent telling me to put the orange tag inside my locked COM safe inside my luggage. That got me a visit from Detroit's finest at the connecting gate at DTW. I was escorted to the TSA supervisor who asked for my key. I showed my CHP to both the DTW cops and the TSA guy. Everything was a breeze after that with the TSA supervisor even offering to trade his Glock straight up for my Kimber (I turned him down with a chuckle).

    YOU must know the rules, and be authoritative when dealing with the airlines and TSA. Having them printed on your person would be a good idea as well.

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    They could not see the tag because it was INCORRECTLY placed in your safe instead of the outside of it. Secondary searches (which are conducted quite frequently)would not reveal the tag and whether you had declared the weapon at check in.

    That's probably why you got a visit.

    You're right. Many airline personnel are clueless.

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    I virtually always carry printed copies of the airline policies and TSA regs, printed the day before I fly (in my carry on).
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    Great valuable information from all. Thanks. To slightly change the subject, I EDC two folding knives. One for utility, one for SD. I've searched both the TSA and Delta sites but can't seem to find anything about transporting knives on checked luggage. I'm leaving next week Wed, so any thoughts or experience(s) you can send my way before then would be greatly appreciated

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    From TSA web site:
    Sharp Objects
    Item Carry-on Checked
    Box Cutters No Yes
    Ice Axes/Ice Picks No Yes
    Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives No Yes
    Meat Cleavers No Yes
    Razor-Type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted) No Yes
    Sabers No Yes
    Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches Yes Yes
    Swords - cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils No Yes
    NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors
    TSA: Prohibited Items
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