Checking Gun at Airport - My Experience

Checking Gun at Airport - My Experience

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    Checking Gun at Airport - My Experience

    A little while ago, I flew south for vacation, and decided my gun needed some time at the beach too...

    I was pretty nervous about flying with my gun, so I thought I would share my experience.

    I declared my gun at the baggage check area for my airline. I had to fill out a form, open my bag, open my locked gun safe (gun was unloaded, per federal regs), put the form into the gun safe, relock it, close the bag, then go to the TSA counter, and declare the gun again....

    At the TSA counter, I declared the gun, answered their questions (is it locked in a hard case, is it unloaded, any ammo, where is the ammo, and the TSA agent's personal question of, "what is it?"). That was that. It added about 5 minutes to the trip.



    Things I didn't like:

    1. I had to declare the gun in front of lots of other passengers going on the same flight.
    2. I had to open my locked gun safe with lots of people around.
    3. The baggage lady couldn't have said GUN much louder if she tried when she was giving me instructions


    Things I liked:

    1. It was relatively easy
    2. Got a rise out of my anti mother-in-law
    3. Got a nod of recognition from another passenger declaring a firearm


    All in all, it was WAY easier than I expected!
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    Where or how are you supposed to pack the ammunition? I am taking a trip this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashburns View Post
    Where or how are you supposed to pack the ammunition? I am taking a trip this summer.
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    For petes sakes if you get diverted to NY jump out of the plane before they go over the state line. Or your a felon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashburns View Post
    Where or how are you supposed to pack the ammunition? I am taking a trip this summer.
    Ammo can be in an ammo box or one of those plastic ones works too...

    I have traveled multiple times with a firearm. My home airport is fantastic...but they are all different. In Tucson they didn't even care to inspect it! Flying out of Orlando was a little spooky!

    The agent didn't seem to know proper protocol. He asked me to open the safe and give him my bag and safe (opened). He then carried both to a counter behind a "do not cross" line where he inspected the gun, swabbed my bag for explosives and told me we were good to go. I told him I'd like to be the one to put the gun back in the safe and lock it up but he insisted that I couldn't touch it after it was in his possession. After I was told to move along, I was very concerned. While walking away I thought to myself, this guy has my safe opened with my bag and I have to trust that he will get it all packed up!? I walked back and asked for he and his associates names just to make me feel better about the situation! Weird!!!!

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    My in-law's checked bags just got lost somewhere in the great unknown. Um, no thanks. Where do you think all those bags on "Baggage Wars" come from?
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    God help you if you have a weapon in your baggage and the plane gets diverted to New York city........
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