Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tprice, Oct 8, 2009.
Flying through Atl
Really Why is Atl any different from any US city. I fly Delta Atl almost every week for the past 25 years. Since 9/11 everything changed it is not about service anymore it is about one more flight that something doesn't go wrong. Taking a gun or a set of golf clubs is the same risk. They dont care. None of them do. Ship it. You wouldn't belive it if I told you waht they will take out of your bag when given a second to look through it. I can assure you Delta has become a true fake in service as compared to what they once were. They do not value you unless you are in Salt Lake City. There still some good Delta people there and for some resaon they still try to give good service. Last week I was at BWI and frist class check in was a after thought. No way dont take it on a plane.
It is not legal to lock checked baggage. I would check firearms as an absolute last resort; particularly through Atlanta.
In fact, to the best of my recollection they actually specifically say for you NOT to have TSA locks on cases.
And yeah, I have some experience flying through Atlanta and that was the policy I had to follow last year.
I trust your expertise & stand corrected.
However, firearms must be checked in seperately by a TSA, or in 25% of the nation's airports private security, official so it kinda stands exempt. That's on top of the whole thing about not wanting to deal with stolen guns.
I do homeland security as a major, I sit through this in class along with a healthy dose of middle eastern this jihad that all day.
Here is how I transport my firearm when I fly-and yes I still use softsided luggage
I have a small lockable hardcase to store my gun in which goes inside my suitcase.
I use a flexible cable lock thru the gun to satisfy the unloaded requirement...
After they inspect the gun and I put the signed card in, I ALWAYS lock both the cases locks.
My particluar case has two carry handles-one on each side of the case halves which I use to to secure the case to my suitcase! Using another flexcable lock, I run/loop the cable thru and around the handles and since my suitcase has a steel frame I lock the cable to the frame.
And then I DO lock the suitcase also with the wimpy TSA approved lock.
It's faster to do it than type it.......
So a thief would have to pop the zipper, reach in thru all the clothes and find the case, pop the two locks on the small case, then he has to figure out how to either break the handles off or break the suitcase frame...without drawing attention to himself...and yes it could happen but this feels secured! (Or steal the whole bag.....)
So if you can secure it, go ahead and take it.
If your destination is less than 10-12 hours away by car, odds are you'd get there sooner anyway than flying ever will. And unless you get three miles per gallon, you'll spend a lot less on gas than you would on any plane ticket.
-At the check in counter, declare your firearm. They will give you the little orange tag to fill out.
-They will take you and your bag to a TSA office where they will look at the pistol very briefly (may or may not even verify if it is empty), and watch you lock the pistol in the pistol case you brought for it. Ammo is separate outside the case.
-Case goes in your bag. They take your bag from there.
-You proceed to your gate like usual.
To reiterate, I've done this at least a dozen times at various airports; and never had the slightest issue at any of them. Time added to your check in is really very minimal. I wouldn't hesitate in the least to do it again.
The Glock is never the most expensive thing in my bag anyway, and I am taking it because I intend to use it for defensive purposes. Do I care if it gets stolen? Relatively speaking, no.
All nice and legal.
But, Atlanta in general is a stinking arm pit, so why should the airport be different.
Thanks ny32182. This agrees with inquiries I've made in anticipation of flying with handguns in checked baggage.
) but your good to go carrying in accordance with fed law
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