Air Travel with handgun in checked baggage

Air Travel with handgun in checked baggage

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    Air Travel with handgun in checked baggage

    So, I understand that you declare the firearm at the ticket counter and that they likely will inspect the case and gun and yada yada. What I need to know before I buy a case is, what case have those of you that fly use? Key lock or combo? I also understand that TSA locks are actually illegal per 49CFR 1540.111

    Any recommendations? I'll need to travel on business with 1 handgun and 3 mags plus 2 or 3 50 round boxes of ammo. Is the case that a Glock comes in lockable and acceptable (I don't have a Glock but will soon and my current guns will remain at home with my family)? If it's lockable, what type of lock(s)?


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    I read somewhere that their website will give instructions and examples of acceptable cases. Warning: Even if you follow all,of their rules, be careful not to break any laws by simply landing in the wrong city/state.
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    I just use a master lock(keyed) when I travel with my pistol. Empty mags and ammo do not have to be locked up they can just be in your bag. I do use a TSA lock on my suitcase with the locked pistol case inside. All airlines have slightly different rules so check their website.

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    You might contact the airport and talked to them. My case doesn't have place for a lock. However, I would purchase a good case for traveling. If you're going to be doing a great deal of flying, a secure travel case maybe worth the investment. Good luck.
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    Make sure your gun case is secure and can not be opened on any side that would allow access.
    I personally travel with a Pelican case and it's as secure as they come.
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    Thanks for the replies. I've been researching cases and Pelican boxes are at the top of my list.
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    MODS - Can we please have a seperate Forum Topic on Air Travel now? Traveling by Air is easier than ground = depending on where the airplane lands (e.g - not in NYC).

    Many of us travel by air carrier or private aircraft so that we can DC on the other end, all the time, but it gets hard to retype all of the good advice, over and over again. Others just give opinions. PLEASE!
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    Key lock or combo makes no difference. The guiding principles are 'hard' and 'lockable.' A lot of the cheapie OEM-provided cases don't measure up; conversely, the lockable Pelican cases do.

    My experience with air traveling with long arms and handguns has been all over the map. Airlines and airports differ in their protocols. Overall, the best airline IMO seems to be Southwest; in my experiences, their people react to guns like they would to sneakers - no big deal.

    The best advice I can offer is to start with the TSA web site re flying with guns, then go to your particular airline's web site to see what their regs are relative to guns and ammo. Actually, I suggest you do this before you book your trip, as some carriers are fussier than others about their carriage of firearms.

    http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-informat...and-ammunition
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    ...The best advice I can offer is to start with the TSA web site re flying with guns, then go to your particular airline's wen site to see what their regs are relative to guns and ammo. Actually, I suggest you do this before you book your trip, as some carriers are fussier than others about their carriage of firearms.

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    Excellent. TY. I exclusively fly Southwest and I've previously read the TSA and Southwest's policies on traveling with firearms. I also DO intend on calling those airports I expect to fly in/out of beforehand. The only thing I really want info on is a what is a good case and type of lock that has worked best folks. The Pelican case seems to be a no-brainer. But I still don't know about how they lock.
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    I use a center of mass safe which I cable to the skeleton of my suitcase. Have used keyed and combo locks. No one cared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    MODS - Can we please have a seperate Forum Topic on Air Travel now? Traveling by Air is easier than ground = depending on where the airplane lands (e.g - not in NYC).

    Many of us travel by air carrier or private aircraft so that we can DC on the other end, all the time, but it gets hard to retype all of the good advice, over and over again. Others just give opinions. PLEASE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Key lock or combo makes no difference. The guiding principles are 'hard' and 'lockable.' A lot of the cheapie OEM-provided cases don't meaure up; conversely, the lockable Pelican cases do.

    My experience with air traveling with long arms and handguns has been all over the map. Airlines and airports differ in their protocols. Overall, the best airline IMO seems to be Southwest; in my experiences, their people react to guns like they would to sneakers - no big deal.

    The best advice I can offer is to start with the TSA web site re flying with guns, then go to your particular airline's wen site to see what their regs are relative to guns and ammo. Actually, I suggest you do this before you book your trip, as some carriers are fussier than others about their carriage of firearms.

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    Except........... the South West Counter personnel in San Francisco react just like you would think socialized Progressivly Regressive Liberal employees would......... even though they have been trained on the rules of what the Airline accepts.......... they yell for the TSA (who are not officers - only the SFPD Airport are) - to come over and deal with you as a potential baby killer!

    I will ATtest that I have found the TSA employees at SFO to be more calm, know the rules, professional, and treat me better than the common Anti-Firearm Socialist employees at the ticket counters at SFO (and a couple of other airports, nationwide).

    The key, after you have met the Air Carrier's Rules (they set the rules for how you pack, inform, and ship your firearms = not the TSA or FAA!), at SFO or certain other airports (LAX), be prepared for them to make you wait for at least an extra 30 minutes of your time to be declaired OK. Trust me. One TSA employee (who was prior military and absolutely cool explanied it to me that it is intended to be painful).

    In contrast............... Flying out of Dulles International in VA - no sweat with Counter Agents or TSA (they see a lot of firearms because of the Feds).

    Houston = same, no sweat!

    Portaland, OR (kind of like SFO north in not liking you).

    It varies State to State and even more, sometimes within Purple States on where you are dealing with 'Declairing' Firearms.

    ALWAYS do HOMEWORK immediately before you fly to know exactly what is required, since rules often change day to day sometimes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuke0955 View Post
    Excellent. TY. I exclusively fly Southwest and I've previously read the TSA and Southwest's policies on traveling with firearms. I also DO intend on calling those airports I expect to fly in/out of beforehand. The only thing I really want info on is a what is a good case and type of lock that has worked best folks. The Pelican case seems to be a no-brainer. But I still don't know about how they lock.
    It's not complicated...

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    My pistol case is all metal with an ace lock and a combo lock. It holds two pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    It's not complicated...

    I am looking at their page now, and am planning a trip to Seattle on SWA. Which case would be best for transporting 2 1911s in your opinion?

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