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#179895 - 03/30/17 05:54 PM Flying with a gun as checked baggage
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Going back to Oregon in August for a second round of bear hunting. Last time I shipped my Specialty Pistol and hated that, not to mention it cost me over $150 each way. Was considering checking it as baggage at the airport and just wanted feedback from others who have done this. Pro's/Con's, recommendations, tips, or warnings would be appreciated.
I read the rules on how to do it, any would like your personal experiences of how it went...
Thanks!!!
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#179896 - 03/30/17 06:04 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: TXBRASS]
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I've flown several times, even to Syracuse, NY from Alaska with firearms. It has never been a problem.

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#179897 - 03/30/17 06:22 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: mart]
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I haven't had any problems, but make sure you have a very good case that's heavily padded or you may regret it.
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#179898 - 03/30/17 07:01 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: KRal]
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Make sure you have a lock for your case or integral locking system on the case and you should be good to go. A call to the airlines ahead of time to check procedure may save some headaches.

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#179899 - 03/30/17 07:27 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: FA834ME]
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Usually not a problem. Last year on United agents were going to refuse my handgun (in a locked case) , then not allow me to have the ammo in it. I pulled out a copy of United's rules (THAT I ALWAYS PRINT OUT FOR EACH AIRLINES) and everybody got real friendly. OK to carry ammo in same case as gun in US flights, but not overseas.

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#179900 - 03/30/17 07:43 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: wvhitman]
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Fly AK Airlines in and out of state. Locked case with two locks. Never had a problem( probably because I am law enforcement.LOL).
They ask me if I am carrying on my person or not. Nope...... Fill out the little slip and put one in the check in baggage where the gun is and keep one. No worries..
Ammo in the original packaging can also go in the luggage with the handgun.

Long guns just lock them up in the gun case and check in as checked baggage. That is after you go through TSA's stupid check...
Make sure all the guns are unloaded of course.

Unless I am flying out of Newark NJ..... Then they want to try to give me the run around even with law enforcement credentials.


Edited by AK hgunner1 (03/30/17 07:47 PM)
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#179901 - 03/30/17 07:57 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: AK hgunner1]
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Any time I travel by plane, I ship my guns to myself at the residence I'll be staying at. Insured, and FEDEX or UPS only. Never had an issue, and isn't all that expensive. Never done it as checked baggage, but I don't trust airlines. Flew with my falconry birds a couple times, and it was a horrible experience. Can't trust them with a bird of prey, so why would I trust them with my guns. No way in Hades I'll ever ship a gun on an airline.
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#179903 - 03/30/17 11:01 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: Raptortrapper]
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I've flown with guns many, many times. Have them unloaded in a locked, airline-approved case. If it is a small pistol case, have that case in the top of your actual luggage, ie. duffle bag etc.

Check your bags at the counter, and tell the nice agent that there is a firearm in the bag. They will check you on in, then send you with that one duffel and pistol case to TSA. TSA will take it, check it, and handle it from there. When TSA is done with you, go on about your business, you're done. You'll collect it in the duffel on the other end of your flight from the baggage carousel like any other bag. Easy Cheasy
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#179904 - 03/30/17 11:33 PM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: briarhopper]
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Unless of course they,TSA, forget to re secure your baggage and your Glock ends up coming out first and then your bag onto the carousel. Fellow officer had that happen one time....
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#179905 - 03/31/17 06:00 AM Re: Flying with a gun as checked baggage [Re: AK hgunner1]
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I fly with my weapons...Pelican and good locks
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