Transport CCW on airplane???

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    Transport CCW on airplane???

    Greetings.

    Any suggestions pertaining to declaring CCW weapon for holiday (Thanksgiving…don't want to wait until last second to get info straight) airplane travel? I have a TSA approved lockbox/safe in which pistol will be housed.

    Are there any other issues or concerns that I need to worry about?

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    ummm... lets see...... the TSA.gov website will give you specifics, but they are a little confusing.....

    1. hardcase locked box
    2. weapon locked open w/ locking cable used and locked(or bolt/trigger lock).
    3. ammo MAY be in the same case, but MUST be in original box, not loose
    4. you MUST declare it at check in & be able to open the case for inspection
    5. you'll have to be special screened, open the box for inspection, secure it, then you will NOT be allowed to handle it from that point on. You probably be asked to escort it to the x-ray area they use for packages so you may watch it be proccessed and loaded.
    6. plan for EXTRA TIME, you may have to wait for a special screener or supervisor to check the weapon.

    All in all, not a bad experience, and well worth the extra time waiting.... IMO
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    Having worked for Delta for a couple years, the biggest problem is lack of training and proper management/supervision. You ask five different people and you'll get five different answers. Even if you follow the TSA guide to the letter you will still get people that have no clue the way things are supposed to work. Give yourself an extra hour just for getting your gun processed.

    Unfortunately its "The Way It's Supposed to Work" versus "The Way it Actually Works" Some airports are much better than others but can vary from day to day.

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    Look up the rules for your airline and print them. Take them with you.
    The case cannot be locked with a TSA lock. (that's one the TSA can open)
    You will keep the key. In theory, only you should be able to open the box.
    It will then go into your checked luggage.
    I see you're in Florida, shouldn't be a problem. Maybe more so on your return.

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    I flew from JFK to Orlando and back. I had no problems out of JFK and less flying jome (Jet blue) from Orlando. I walked in to ticket counter while wife started to unloaded the rest of the siutcases. I was checked in,screened,and bag send on the way down the belt before she was done unloading.
    You do not state where you are flying to, but make sure you are legal where you are going. If the plane makes any unschuled stops where you are not premitted to carry. Thats were people get jambed up with a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HITCH KING View Post
    You do not state where you are flying to, but make sure you are legal where you are going. If the plane makes any unschuled stops where you are not premitted to carry. Thats were people get jambed up with a problem.
    Especially with high cap mags (eg Califorinia) and hollow point ammo (eg New Jersey).
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    I have never had a problem. It has taken maybe an extra 5 minutes of my time. Bring a copy of the specific airlines rules to show anyone that is unfamiliar but I wouldn't worry about it if you follow their guidelines.
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    Thanks people…I'm flying from Orlando to Detroit. My biggest fear is that I'm traveling with the family (wife, 5 yr old, 3 yr old & 10 mth old) and I don't want to be running late & pressed for time (have to park mini van, catch shuttle to terminal, check other luggage, etc) and miss my plane (don't really want to start holiday vacation off that way hearing wife's MOUTH).

    What I'm leaning toward is shipping it to myself (residential address of parent) via UPS Overnight Air. Anybody have experience with this?

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    transport ccw

    I have used fedex overnight to ship to myself to my second home, as long as someone is there to sign. It is a little pricey. I always insure the pkg. With time constraints that you are talking about this alternative would be a good alternative. I have been told that you have to ship from the main shipping depot, I do. On the other hand I have transported via luggage without incident...John

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoB View Post
    Thanks people…I'm flying from Orlando to Detroit. My biggest fear is that I'm traveling with the family (wife, 5 yr old, 3 yr old & 10 mth old) and I don't want to be running late & pressed for time (have to park mini van, catch shuttle to terminal, check other luggage, etc) and miss my plane (don't really want to start holiday vacation off that way hearing wife's MOUTH).

    What I'm leaning toward is shipping it to myself (residential address of parent) via UPS Overnight Air. Anybody have experience with this?
    I flew to Detroit via Northwest from here (Tampa International) and had no issues, just make sure you add a little extra time to make it through checking in. Actually the TSA guy that scanned my bag was more worried about it then the attendant that walked my bag over to the TSA screener . On the way back from Detroit, they just tagged it with the unloaded firearms tag and tossed it on the belt, no issues, and it came out on the other side with the rest of the luggage that was checked.

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    If you are particularly concerned, you could give a phone call to the airline's locations at both airports and just ask if it's common and what to expect. Some airport/airline combinations are better than others.

    From my experience every airline at Detroit is just fine with it.

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    Thanks…once again good info!

    Ps…called UPS and got the reply "you can only ship/overnight to a FFL", then I searched the DC data base and found old threads about shipping handguns. I think I'm going to drive by the UPS center and talk to a manager. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoB View Post
    Thanks people…I'm flying from Orlando to Detroit. My biggest fear is that I'm traveling with the family (wife, 5 yr old, 3 yr old & 10 mth old) and I don't want to be running late & pressed for time (have to park mini van, catch shuttle to terminal, check other luggage, etc) and miss my plane.
    Not to be Captain obvious . . . but why not just leave for the airport with plenty of time allotted to catch the flight?

    I just flew from Denver to Houston a few days ago and brought along my Glock 26 on an airplane for the first time.

    Me : I have an unloaded firearm I need to declare and check please.

    Ticket Agent : Ok, can you show me it is unloaded. Ok, Sign here please and place this tag inside the case with the firearm.

    Me : Anything else I need to do?

    Ticket Agent : Follow this gentlemen to have it cleared through TSA and you are all done.

    The whole process maybe added an additional 6 minutes to my check-in time . . . had to wait 5 minutes for TSA, and I couldn't see what they were doing because they asked me to stand outside their office/inspection station.

    My recommendation, make sure to research and print the webpage of the airline you will be flying on, and have all the information needed for how that company wants you to transport your firearm. Follow all the instructions to a T and if you have any questions about their policies, call the airline first! Take the printout to the airport with you, just in case their is a discrpency on how they want it handled, you can show them their policy. (Not going to likely happen, this is just for added comfort.)

    You are not the first or last person who will fly with a firearm. Don't be nervous, the airports see and handle plenty of them all the time.
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