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I flew from Pensacola to Newport News VA and back this weekend, brought a snubnose revolver and a box of ammo with me in my checked luggage.
I had no problems with either the AirTran personnel or the TSA on either end, though none of them were very knowledgeable about transporting firearms.
Out of 2 airline agents and 2 TSA agents, NO one ever asked me to show them that the gun was unloaded. I offered on both ends.
No one asked if I had ammo and I never volunteered the info.
The TSA person in Newport News thought that the luggage needed to be locked, in ADDITION to the hard-sided handgun case, but I told her that it was not required and she took me for my word. I had a copy of their policy in case it was needed.
All in all, pretty painless.

Just thought I'd share. :smile:
 

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I hate to admit it - I am almost impressed :smile:

Having heard so many horror stories.!!
 

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Comforting news, maybe send a card to the airline ceo and express how great the service is. But wait, that would probably bring about major changes at the operating level and ruin everything. Glad it went smooth for you that is the main thing. :smile:
 

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I have never flown that particular airline, but have flown many times with a checked handgun. I've never had a problem from airline personel or TSA. I love the occasional head snap from other passengers if they happen to hear me declair that I have a handgun in my luggage though.
 

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I fly a couple times a month with handguns and occasionally a long gun...no ammo. My experience is different everytime but I've never had any trouble with TSA. Some airports are more thorough than others.

I did have one TSA agent tell his co-worker that there was a cool AK-47 in one of my Pelican cases (it was an M4gery). Oh well...
 

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sarhog, you were in my backyard this weekend. So you know part of the reason you had few problems is VCDL (www.vcdl.org) an excellent organization who has dedicated themselves to educating the authorities about the laws concerning CCW. For instance, it is LEGAL to CCW in the non-sterile portions of an airport. (outside the metal detectors) You flew to a really CCW friendly state.
 

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Last time I flew my checked bag showed up 3 days late. It finally showed up on a different airline. The bag had taken a detour to Detroit. When I went to get the bag it had a 7 inch tear, a 1 inch tear, damage to the carry strap a large oil stain on the side and it was obvious the bag was dragged around the ramp for a while. The trim on the bag was ground down. Worst of all my Benchmade 705 axis lock was stolen, oh I mean "pilfered", that is the official term. The thief must have been pretty happy with his new knife because he must have stopped looking or he would have also found my Benchmade 710. I hope the SOB cuts his wrist with it. I kept that little knife darn sharp. I filed a claim for the bag and the "pilferage" but I am not going to hold my breath about replacement for either. Makes me think twice about airline travel with a handgun. :mad: :mad: :mad:
 

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I've also heard other horror stories about tampered luggage. One guy had a locked case with his handgun in it and it had been pried at, but the wannabe thieves couldn't get in.

Earlier this year, my mother came back from her trip to Viet Nam, and her suitcase somehow ended up on another plane and arrived days later. The airline profusely apologized and mailed the luggage straight to her workplace as soon as they received it. Everything was intact with no signs of tampering, including thousands of dollars worth of gold and jade jewelry she bought on her trip.
 

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Betty said:
I've also heard other horror stories about tampered luggage. One guy had a locked case with his handgun in it and it had been pried at, but the wannabe thieves couldn't get in.

Earlier this year, my mother came back from her trip to Viet Nam, and her suitcase somehow ended up on another plane and arrived days later. The airline profusely apologized and mailed the luggage straight to her workplace as soon as they received it. Everything was intact with no signs of tampering, including thousands of dollars worth of gold and jade jewelry she bought on her trip.
Betty, glad it worked out, but . . .

Tell Mom that next time, carry ALL valuables on her person or in carry-on. If you read the liability statement, the airlines are NOT responsible for the theft of any valuables! It is in the standard IATA contract that none of us read, but are bound by.
 

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It is in the standard IATA contract that none of us read, but are bound by.
Let's hear it for the small print!! :biggrin: - the great ''catch-all'' for such organizations and insurance companies etc!

Somewhere - buried - will be that lil' clause - ''we are NOT liable'' :rolleyes:
 

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Tell Mom that next time, carry ALL valuables on her person or in carry-on.
I should tell her that. I'm surprised she put the jewelry in there, but mom likes to squirrel stuff away in different locations. She had half in her carry-on, and half in her checked luggage. I'm really surprised she got everything intact; I expected the jewelry to be stolen.

It's not uncommon for mailed packages to/from there to be opened up, probably for inspection or thieves looking for valuables.

The first time mom went back to Viet Nam, it was not legal for her to export any heirloom jewelry. Only new pieces could be exported, and you had to have a receipt. (I have no idea why.) Anyhow, she was wearing grandma's very nice old horn/gold bracelet and was caught at the airport in Nam. They took it away from her. The amazing thing is - they returned it to the family!
 

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When my wife travels back to Vietnam she leaves all her stuff at home in the safe. Buys new and wears it back. I on the other hand I have always wore my 37 year old Vietnamese ruby ring and 2 oz braclet both ways and no one has ever said anything. She almost got in trouble the last trip because she brought more than 300 hotwheel cars to give to kids and 100 pairs of shoes. They were going to take it away from her but when I and 5 of my American friends started they OK'd us to take the stuff without any more trouble. We gave it all away out in 3 small villages where some of the wife's family lives. The look on the kids faces was priceless. Some had never had shoes or seen little hotwheel cars but had a blast with them. They also liked the school supplies.
 

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Brian45 said:
Worst of all my Benchmade 705 axis lock was stolen
My son flew here (CO) from HI with a Kershaw Leek in his bag. It was not stolen, but it arrived locked open. So someone played with it and couldn't figure out how to close the liner lock. Probably was hoping for a Benchmade to steal and figured the Kershaw did not qualify.

When I go to HI I leave my Benchmades at home. Last time, with my son carrying a 910 Stryker, I borrowed his Kershaw to carry while on the island. (Although HI is one of the worst handgun-law states, the knife laws are quite reasonable.)
 
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