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  1. #11
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    I've flown in and out of several places to include Seattle and no problems. I was stationed in MT and SD and you won't get any grief there.

    Just declare it you might of might not have to show them it's clear (depends on ticket agent) place the signed card in case and that's it. I have the ammo in a factory box inside the pistol case. Mags unloaded. And I place it inside my checked luggage. I use my own locks and retain the only key on my person.

    Usually you will ha e to go to the baggage office to blame at th our destination.

    Side suggestion don't rely on the factory pistol case as they are easily manipulated and some might not pass TSA muster. Get a decent travel pistol case from any reputable gunstore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat13 View Post
    Need some Personal Experiences & Advice: Planning a Family Vacation in the Fall. Plan to Fly (Commercial) out West (MT, SD, WY, etc). Not Hunting, just Seeing the Sights. Would prefer to take a Pistol for PPE & wondering just how much of a hassle it is. Done my homework on CCL Regs in those States along with Airline & TSA Regs. Looking for some input from anyone that has Flown Commercial with firearm(s) & ammo in their Ck'd Luggage. BTW, I'm Not Law Enforcement, so that part of the Regs do not apply. Thanks in advance for any Experiences or Suggestions.
    Harbor Freight has durable cases for just a little coin.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=case
    I just don't feel safe in gun free zones...

  3. #13
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    Put in a TSA lockable case with your lock on it, contact information with cell phone number on it taped to case. Put into suitcase with TSA locks on it, tell check-in there is a gun in suitcase, this keeps TSA from cutting the locks off if they want to check it. My ammo goes into another pistol case locked in another suitcase. 2 checked bags but can be in one checked bag. Pistol and magazines must be unloaded. If you end up in NEW YORK or NEW JERSEY drive to an airport outside of the state to fly. Do not have hollow point ammo in New Jersey. I fly East of the Mississippi several times a year.
    Last edited by warren5421; 05-19-2020 at 09:57.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warren5421 View Post
    Put in a TSA lockable case with your lock on it, contact information with cell phone number on it taped to case. Put into suitcase with TSA locks on it, tell check-in there is a gun in suitcase, this keeps TSA from cutting the locks off if they want to check it. My ammo goes into another pistol case locked in another suitcase. 2 checked bags but can be in one checked bag. Pistol and magazines must be loaded. If you end up in NEW YORK or NEW JERSEY drive to an airport outside of the state to fly. Do not have hollow point ammo in New Jersey. I fly East of the Mississippi several times a year.
    DO NOT put TSA locks on a firearm case. They have no right to open the case without you being present. TSA locks on your luggage is fine.
    I just don't feel safe in gun free zones...

  5. #15
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    I will add Delta (and maybe others) will put a zip tie on either the gun case OR in my case as I place it inside my Luggage that the handgun is in SO keep allowed nail clippers to get into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joniki View Post
    Harbor Freight has durable cases for just a little coin.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=case
    I flew with a sidearm for the first time this past October and used a HF Apache case. Totally passed inspection with it. Airports: Indy, Las Vegas, Albuquerque. No problems at all. The process was just a little different for each. Indy: check it in at ticketing, wait for clearance after going through security. Albuquerque: check in at ticketing but wait at ticketing for the go ahead.
    It is rather strange I think for all the hub-bub at check in but you firearm comes out with everyone else's baggage upon landing.
    Don't forget this is a good way to "lock down" other valuables as well; jewelry, photography stuff.... just put it in with the firearm's package.

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    I've flown probably a dozen times and never had an issue. Every airport is a little different in my experience but just declare it at the counter and you'll be fine. I've always just used a glock case with a cable lock wrapped around the handle several times. Except for my rifle, she get's a nice Pelican case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joniki View Post
    DO NOT put TSA locks on a firearm case. They have no right to open the case without you being present. TSA locks on your luggage is fine.
    He said the same thing, just in a different way:

    Quote Originally Posted by warren5421 View Post
    Put in a TSA lockable case with your lock on it..
    I always use a locking case and then one of those down-the-barrel gun locks with a built in cable to lock the case to the inner framework of the suitcase. Keeps someone with a TSA key from opening it and just snatching the case, they'll at least need tools or to spend the time to break my luggage.

    I've flown a couple different airlines with a pistol, never an issue. I really liked the lady at El Paso airport's SouthWest desk. Probably 65 years old and she tried to pry it open with her hands at the corners and said "if I can get it open, anyone can." When it didn't pop open she declared it GTG and I went on my way.

    I've never had the TSA request to look in the case. When I fly I typically take a revolver and I put a lock through the frame so the cylinder won't close. If I fly with a semi-auto I break it down into two parts and the slide goes in one foam cut out, the frame in another, magazines in another. It's readily apparently they are not in a condition to fire that way. Probably overkill, but I like to be hassle free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BehindBlueI's View Post
    He said the same thing, just in a different way:



    I always use a locking case and then one of those down-the-barrel gun locks with a built in cable to lock the case to the inner framework of the suitcase. Keeps someone with a TSA key from opening it and just snatching the case, they'll at least need tools or to spend the time to break my luggage.

    I've flown a couple different airlines with a pistol, never an issue. I really liked the lady at El Paso airport's SouthWest desk. Probably 65 years old and she tried to pry it open with her hands at the corners and said "if I can get it open, anyone can." When it didn't pop open she declared it GTG and I went on my way.

    I've never had the TSA request to look in the case. When I fly I typically take a revolver and I put a lock through the frame so the cylinder won't close. If I fly with a semi-auto I break it down into two parts and the slide goes in one foam cut out, the frame in another, magazines in another. It's readily apparently they are not in a condition to fire that way. Probably overkill, but I like to be hassle free.
    I put the cable through the gun case lock hole and wrap it around the frame of the collapsible pull handle, just slice the fabric liner. Loaded magazines travel in same case as gun so as soon as I get my luggage I either stop by the restroom and load up or do it at the car rental.

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    I pack in a hard shell case with several unloaded magazines, boxes of ammo, and handgun in same case. Show up 30 minutes earlier than I would, declare firearm when checking in. Half the time they are cool. Half the time, they want you to point out the case in your bag without drawing attention. Ha! But never had an issue.

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