This is a discussion on Special Passenger! within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Waiting to board a plane at the Memphis airport, last week, the gate agent called my name. I went over and she in hushed voice ...
Waiting to board a plane at the Memphis airport, last week, the gate agent called my name. I went over and she in hushed voice said "are you a special passenger?". Her words and attitude made think: she's asking if I'm packing heat! I said "why would you ask me that?". She replied "something in your record". So I leaned in and in a hushed voce said "I'm not carrying a gun". She said "Oh! You’re not?" This confirmed my suspicions. I went back to my seat. When boarding she said, again in hushed voice, “I’m sorry, but if you were, I have to introduce you to the crew”.
All amusing, and I draw the following conclusions:
Special Passenger = off duty LEO carrying a firearm
Must declare as such to gate agent
Gate agent must make introductions to crew.
So, what was different on this trip? I’ve made around a hundred trips with a checked and declared handgun in my luggage, and nothing “in my record” has gotten me any attention from a gate agent. The guy at ticket counter in Knoxville appeared to be new and explained the conditions for checking the firearm in my luggage, as if he had just learned them. So I surmise that he added a note that got the ticket agents attention. Or do they always add a note? And maybe the gate agent was inexperienced?
Anybody, LEO, or airline employee know anything about this process?
I like the idea of “Special Passengers” and hope there is one on every flight I take.
I’m indifferent to notes about the firearm in my luggage. But a note about a firearm that I can’t access is as silly as a note that I have underwear in my luggage.
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I'm frequently told that I'm 'special'.
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As an off duty LEO, do the airlines or alphabet agencies restrict your ability to carry on a plane?
If they do not restrict, why would you leave it in your luggage? The safest place for it is on your person!
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Long, Long time ago in a far off land! While active LEO, I flew armed, had to be ok'd by the pilot back then. Wish it would go back to that.
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I was thinking "dark passenger" from the Dexter TV show the whole time I read this. Anybody?
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There is a class that LE has to take to cover Flying while armed. Nothing major that I know of rules, regulations, no alcohol and so on. I honestly dont remember if it pertained to off duty LEO or on duty/on business type thing.
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Its on duty, official business only.
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I flew armed a few times on departmental business, way back when. We just contacted airport police and they took care of everything. We were pre boarded.
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Maybe she was just coming on to you. Was she cute?
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