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Travelling on airlines with firearms

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Anthony_, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Anthony_

    Anthony_ Member

    First time post, glad to be a part of thr!

    I'm travelling to Kansas City from Florida end of may, and I bought a hard gun case for it.

    Any suggestions on making travelling with an AR15 and handguns to make my trip easier?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    Check out the airline you are flying- they will have instructions on their web site. Generally the weapon must be unloaded, ammo must be contained in a factory-equivilant box (with little pockets for the ammo, not a big bag-o' rounds). Weapon must be seperate from the ammo. Weapon must be in a locked, hard sided case (even if it is a pistol travelling in other luggage). Weapon must be declared when bags are checked. There is a form to fill out.
    I just flew with my SIG and bought ammo where I was going for the first time and I was really underwhelmed by how much not a big deal it was to do this. I even got there early in case TSA wanted to crawl into my rectum with a mag-lite... but they really didn't seem to care that much honestly. I was even worried flying back because I had about 200 rnds of expended .44 mag brass with me (I rented a .44mag revolver for some fun & wasn't going to just LEAVE that lovely factory brass behind!); the screener didn't care.
  3. Anthony_

    Anthony_ Member

    Sweet, thanks Evan, I appreciate it!

    I'm a little worried, as the case for my AR15 just screams out guns.

    Gonna check with the airlines.

  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    You can purchase serveral "camoflage" type cases for an AR in a pawn shop. Look for a trombone or any large musical instrument case that can be locked.

    That said, with TSA around I wouldn't worry too much about someone stealing you weapon.

    Down load the instructions from your airlines website and keep a set on you and in your weapon case. Do the same for TSA's instructions. I've never had a problem flying and checking a handgun, but then I always carry a copy of the airline's rules as well with the gun info written on them and just hand it to the clerk and declare I'm checking a handgun.
  5. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

  6. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    Flying out of Florida is easy, once you declare your firearm(s), the check-in person will ask you to open your case to drop in the red card (unloaded firearm declaration) and then call for TSA to walk you over to TSA secure area for inspection and plane loading. Not a big deal really. Just make sure that check-in ammo is limited to 11lbs and is carried only in original boxes or plastic reload boxes.

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