Another Air Travel Question (pics)

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    After 10 years in the Army my son is moving to Orlando for school. If I decide to fly down to see him (instead of driving) can I use this hard case? It's a Zero Halliburton with a three digit combination lock. I did the forum search and read the box has to be inspected then locked. Does it have to be a key lock?

    These cases are almost indestructible there waterproof with an o-ring and the dam things even float!





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    If you're flying public carriers, check with the TSA regulations on appropriate locking for containers. Yes, it'll need to be of the sort that allows TSA to enter your containers (unbeknownst to you).
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    I wouldn't take a firearm that way...cases can be opened...guns disappear.
    I would put a weapon in a small hard case and then hide it in my larger suitcase for clothing...less likely to be seen. OMO

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    The Zero cases are quite tough. Although, some may be self-concicous that this case would be "made" as a weapons case, it is a very popular tool case, photo equipment case and electronics equipment case. It should serve well as a airline case. Be prepared for comments such as "how much money do you have in there" since this case is used in the movies etc... I say this because I have a similiar case as a brief case and it gets all of the comments. No one though, has ever mentioned weapons when I use this case or one like the OP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    If you're flying public carriers, check with the TSA regulations on appropriate locking for containers. Yes, it'll need to be of the sort that allows TSA to enter your containers (unbeknownst to you).
    A good reason to pack your handgun in a container that can be placed in your luggage with clothes is that you will lock it with a non-TSA lock as is recommended by TSA.

    There are TSA compliant locks for your general luggage that have an indicator that shows when they are opened. There are many choices. Here is one. TSA Luggage Locks / SearchAlert
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    If you're flying public carriers, check with the TSA regulations on appropriate locking for containers. Yes, it'll need to be of the sort that allows TSA to enter your containers (unbeknownst to you).
    TSA rules require a lock on the container with guns which TSA CANNOT open by themselves.
    This means, if they want to look inside,they must call you to unlock it.
    You can stay at check-in to wait for them to contact the counter or put your cell # on the gun case so they can call you or at airports where you take your checked baggage to TSA yourself, wait for the inspector to ask you to open it.

    This means that if they can't reach you,they won't put the bag on the plane.

    I usually put the plastic gun case (with a non TSA lock) inside a regular suitcase which does have a TSA lock.
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    I also believe the ammo has to be in a separate container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeephipwr View Post
    I also believe the ammo has to be in a separate container.
    "Separated container" varies by carrier. Airtran requires ammo to be in a completely different luggage container than the one the locked, hard-sided case with the firearm(s) goes into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeephipwr View Post
    I also believe the ammo has to be in a separate container.
    Check the primary resource. TSA: Traveling with Special Items

    Further restrictions may be placed on you by the individual airlines so you must check the airlines website as well. It is good practice to print out and take both the TSA page and the airline page. You may find yourself in a teachable moment.
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    TSA rules require a lock on the container with guns which TSA CANNOT open by themselves.
    It is my experience that TSA will open anything they want. I have seen TSA approved locks broken off, and lock tabs on "Pelican" type cases broken off while using TSA approved locks. You have no (real) recourse. That being said, I believe locked firearms are safer than anything else, because someone has signed off on it.

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