FAA Firearm Requirements

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    FAA Firearm Requirements

    We will be flying to visit relatives for Thanksgiving and I'm planning on taking my pistol with me. It's a short flight in-state (less than an hour) so I feel pretty confident that my luggage will make it there in one piece. I've read the requirements for travelling with firearms and my only question is should I actually go buy another hard sided case or is the factory case my Walther PPS came in sufficient for meeting their requirements?

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    I've read the requirements. It is this excerpt that I'm worried about (taken from Alaska Airlines).

    "The hard-sided case must be secured in such a way that it does not allow for accidental or unauthorized opening. Multiple locks may be required on some cases to ensure the case cannot be opened. Customers are not required to place locks in every available area on the case, as long as the case is secure."

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    If your Walther case can be locked and not opened without damaging the case you should be good to go.
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    The factory cases for both of my firearms only have one lock hole, they can be pried open from the other side. I just use my nano vault with the combination lock. Doubles as a travel safe on the road.
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    Nano vault is a great choice, especially if there's a way to chain it inside your luggage with the cable.
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    Do not put a TSA lock on the case.

    Wait, are you flying commercial or using a bush pilot? AFAIk TSA regs generally do not apply to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrjensen View Post
    I've read the requirements. It is this excerpt that I'm worried about (taken from Alaska Airlines).

    "The hard-sided case must be secured in such a way that it does not allow for accidental or unauthorized opening. Multiple locks may be required on some cases to ensure the case cannot be opened. Customers are not required to place locks in every available area on the case, as long as the case is secure."
    I fly for business every other week. You everyday plastic case with a lock is all you need. People make more of it than it is. I would be very surprised if you encounter any one at the check in or elsewhere that is not familiar with the regs. Many, many people take their guns with them everyday. I am sure any airline flying in Alaska well know the regulations and will not be a problem.
    Note, check with the airline you are flying regarding where to carry your ammo including your magazines. None allow you to transport a loaded gun and they all have their own regulations about how and were to carry ammo. Some want it in a separate box and others allow it I the gun case as long as the ammo is it its own box (factory box or other).
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Do not put a TSA lock on the case.

    Wait, are you flying commercial or using a bush pilot? AFAIk TSA regs generally do not apply to them.
    Agree. I use a regular small master lock. I am sure you could still pry the case I use open, but it has never been a problem. I have had to move ammo around though
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    Thanks for the replies. Alaska airlines allows you to put ammo in the same case as the gun, but require it be in a box that allows the rounds to be separated from each other individually. No loose ammo and no loaded mags. I guess fitting ammo in my case will be the biggest problem.

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