First Time w/ a Gun in Checked Baggage

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    First Time w/ a Gun in Checked Baggage

    This past weekend the wife and I traveled to Seattle for a small family gathering. Being that it's such a short trip and that we would have plenty of time at the airport I figured that it was probably a good time to test the waters of checking a bag with a gun in it. Turns out it was easier than I thought.

    In Reno, we got up to the ticket counter and I informed the attendant that I had a firearm to declare. She had me sign the little form stating that the gun was unloaded and that all ammo was properly packaged and stored. I was then directed to a small table where a TSA agent met me to check that the gun was unloaded and in a proper case. She then took one of those explosive swabs around the edge of the gun case and put it into the scanning machine. Apparently it came back clean since I was then cleared to re-lock the gun case and my suitcase and then continue on through to the security checkpoint.

    In Seattle it was much of the same. After signing the form and putting it in the gun case, the ticket agent sent me over to a TSA booth where my entire suitcase was put through a scanner. I guess it had to be some sort of x-ray machine so that the TSA agent could see the gun was unloaded and properly locked up.

    It was all very simple. We will be traveling to Florida in December and I fully intend to bring a gun with me.

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    Glad to see you had a couple positive experiences. We have all heard some horror stories, but I have never had a negative experience either.
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    Has anyone flown to Northern Virginia with a checked firearm? Is it okay to fly to both Dulles and Reagan since they are both in VA?

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    Rl, Yes no problems.

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    I have a horror story. Last summer I flew from Milwaukee to Atlanta. The trip from Milwaukee was uneventful, I declared my firearm, they had me fill out a form and I was on my way. The trip from Atlanta, however, was another story. I went to the counter and declared my firearm, while I was filling out my form they threw my bag with the gun in it on the conveyor belt. I looked up in time to see this happening and stated: "Hey wait, doesn't this need to go in there"? This was, of course, referring to the declaration form which was still in my hand. In the meantime, TSA had already ripped my bag apart as there was a firearm in there that had not been declared. It took them about three hours to rectify the problem. Luckily I didn't miss my flight, but I almost did. Hopefully, nothing like this ever befalls any of you.
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    I've always had good luck flying with my firearms. Hope it continues, though I may be shipping my bags instead of checking them in the future. TSA theft FTL.
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    Travel With Firearms

    Apparently Jerry Lewis isn't so lucky!
    Did you see how the liberal media headlines his story?
    Every story says he was cited for carrying a gun or something to this effect. When you actually read the story, you find out it was a hollowed out prop, not even a firearm! What crap.
    Take a look.
    Yahoo! News Search Results for jerry lewis

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    Deffinately give yourself an extra 20-30min for the added security. You have to wait for your bag to be screened. I've had some airports where the screen is downstairs and you have to wait at the ticket counter until they radio up that you are fine. At DIA, you have to escort your bag to the oversize baggage area where they screen it special. They will have some grunt walk your bag over there and you have to go with him. Then after the screen, I escort the grunt all the way back to the ticket counter where they but it on the belt and I watch the bag until it's out of sight. Some airports, you walk your bag right over to the TSA screeners right next to the ticket counter and declare it a second time while they x-ray it.
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    Thanks njeske, that's good info to know!
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    I think by now, the airlines have dealt with enough hunters that they're pretty well equipped to deal with a gun. Just follow the procedure and don't figure you can hide it in a checked bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guns and more View Post
    I think by now, the airlines have dealt with enough hunters that they're pretty well equipped to deal with a gun. Just follow the procedure and don't figure you can hide it in a checked bag.
    I am not so sure that they have learned yet. Recently while I was flying from Houston, I declared my firearm and expected the usual processing. Instead the clerk yells down the line in front of gobs of customers, "He has a gun. Does anyone know how to process it?"

    Geez! In front of God and everybody.

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    Procedures for Checking Firearm at DIA

    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerinWstuff View Post
    At DIA, you have to escort your bag to the oversize baggage area where they screen it special. They will have some grunt walk your bag over there and you have to go with him. Then after the screen, I escort the grunt all the way back to the ticket counter where they but it on the belt and I watch the bag until it's out of sight.
    I'm planning to fly into Denver in early November, so I guess I'll see first hand how it goes! That DOES certainly sound overly complicated.

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    Glad to hear that you had a positive experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain38 View Post
    I'm planning to fly into Denver in early November, so I guess I'll see first hand how it goes! That DOES certainly sound overly complicated.
    It's not too bad and they've always been pleasent. Just know the rules of the airline you are flying ahead of time. I had a northworst ticket agent make me cough up a box of ammo because she said it couldn't be in the same bag as the firearm. And she added it would be a $25 charge to check a second bag. I didn't have time to request she double check her rules so I just gave up the box. Never had another problem anywhere else or with other airlines at DIA.

    You are required to escort your bag to the oversize security area with their helper guy. After they clear your bag, you are free to proceed to security screening. I did that the first time and as I was waiting in the screening line, I thought to myself; "that guy is making minimum wage and knows there is a firearm in my bag... hrm." So after that, I escort helper guy back to the ticket counter with my bag until it leaves on the belt and out of sight.

    When I travel, I always have one box of ammo in factory packaging locked up in the same case with my Glock.
    "Run for your life from the man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another-their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

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    thanks for the post... Good to hear you had a good experience

    Did you have your ammo in the same suitcase as the pistol or in a different bag. I'm headed
    out west this fall, and my G26 is traveling with. I've read US Airlines travel info and they do not even mention a firearm so I called them. They said to follow TSA rules.


    So under TSA after reading the rules, I'm still unsure, I can pack a box of ammo with in the same secure box as the Glock?
    Last edited by tns0038; July 30th, 2008 at 05:15 PM. Reason: listed wrong airline

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