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Anyone familiar with airline policy on traveling with a handgun?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by badazzelanore, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. badazzelanore

    badazzelanore Silverdale, WA Member

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    I am going on vacation to visit family in TX and really want to take my G23 with me. I know that it will have to ride under the plane. I am kinda worried that it may get lost or somthing. Anyway, if you can give me any words of wisdom I would appreciate it. Thanks.
  2. actionflies

    actionflies Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    From what I read online, you need a lockable case and maybe even a gun lock and declare it at check-in. Calling the airline for info or do a search online.
  3. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    full details at your airlines online "baggage information" section online.

    Basically, it works like this:

    firearm MUST be unloaded, and in locked hard sided case, NO AMMO in that case. Ammo must be in additional hard locked case, and in original factory packaging. NO mags can be loaded, they must be empty. Eleven pound total limit for ammo. Two long guns, or five handguns. (no stated policy on a combination....)

    Suitcase must also be locked, but you have to have key with you.

    You cannot use curbside checkin for that suitcase. MUST use ticket counter checkin. THEY will have you sign a simple form (firearms, unloaded, declaration, date and sign). He will weigh and tag your bag (keep all arms and ammunition in same one, makes it easier, you only have this next "phase" happening with one bag, then).

    Depending on the specific facilities in the airport you are in, one of two things will happen. EITHER you will be directed to a TSA area (typically the one for ovesized baggage) where a TXA employee will take the suitcase, open it (you unlock it), usually in your sight. The guys I had were happy to have me tell them where the cases were, they looked, didn't open (I offered the key...), asked how much ammo I had, where it was, he looked a bit, figured I was being straight with him, never opened the cases to inspect (though they can do so). Sometimes I've had them do the scan on the suitcase, sometimes they ask how much ammo I'm carrying, sometimes they just open the top, put the form inside, along with the "we were here" tag. Suitcase is then brought back to me, I lock it. If they have a baggage belt right there, it goes on. If not, then the ticket employee escorted you with the suitcase to the TSA window, they inspected, same deal, then the employee took the checked suitcase back to the counter and put it on the conveyor belt. If this happens, TSA has marked the bar scan area of the baggage tag, indicating TSA have already inspected it.
    The good thing about doing this is that, since TSA inspect it in your presence, and you lodk the suitcase with them present, there is no further inspection anywhere. Thus, no TSA employees have access to your suitcase to steal stuff when they think no one is watching them...... so the rest of my stuff stays more secure.

    At the other end, your suitcase jogs along with all the others, you pick it up at the baggage carousel and go on your merry way...

    takes maybe an extra ten, fifteen minutes max, TSA are friendly and courteous, I've never had any wierd "why are YOU carrying a gun in your suitcase" nonsense.
    Make certain you've followed the rules to the letter, and that you know what that letter is. An informed, prepared, courteous passenger is appreciated.. I was thanked for taking the care to do it proper, and being helpful..... in all, I'll do it again whether I really want the gun with me at the other end or not.....

    check Texas' firearms laws, whether they have reciprocity with Washington, or honour any state's carry permit. Read about firearms in vehicles, where you can carry open/concealed.. before you go. Knowledge is your best friend here..... and have a great time. You'll be glad you brought your gun......
  4. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Go to the airlines website and print out their rules for transporting a firearm. Follow the directions to the letter. Call the airline in advance if you are unclear on any of the steps.

    When I did it a couple years ago, I walked with my bag to the security screening area and watched it until it was gone to the back.

    After that, just breathe deeply and remain calm. Keep telling yourself that this separation is only temporary. :thumbup:
  5. badazzelanore

    badazzelanore Silverdale, WA Member

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    Thanks alot all,

    Tionico, I am from Texas and acctually just got to WA about 9 months ago. Texas does in fact honor WA CHL license and there is no problem transporting it on you in a vehicle.

    November 18, 2005

    Note: Effective immediately, Governor Perry has issued a proclamation that allows persons with concealed handgun licenses from Washington to legally carry in Texas. Washington license holders will be required to follow Texas law while carrying in this state. This proclamation is unilateral and is not a reciprocal agreement. Texas concealed handgun license holders will not be allowed to carry in Washington

    once again thanks. I am acctually going the SEATAC today for somthing else so I will stop by the counter and ask. :thumbup:
  6. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    The last couple times I did this I was expecting a big ordeal but it all went very smoothly. Just follow the rules outlined above and it should be a piece of cake.
  7. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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  8. Badshot

    Badshot Portland New Member

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    What I have done in the past is ship my gun via UPS Next Day to myself at my destination, held at the UPS office until I pick it up. It is legal and it is insured. Costs a bit, but I have never worried about losing it.