Winter 2015 is a thing of the past, a distant memory Many of us are now looking forward to the spring and summer travel season. We’re travelling by plane, train and automobile. Of these options, travelling air travel generates the the most questions. Can I fly with my gun, which airlines allow fire arms in checked luggage, what does the TSA have to say about all this? These are questions best answered before you set out to the airport. We’ve put together a simple guide that will help answer these questions. This guide is current as of its writing but we ask that you do your due diligence before travelling by air.
The TSA & Firearms
Travelers may only transport UNLOADED firearms in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage. The container must be completely secured from being accessed. All firearms, ammunition and firearm parts, including firearm frames, receivers, clips and magazines are prohibited in carry-on baggage.
What does all this mean? It means you are allowed to travel by air with your firearms if:
- Your weapons must be declared upon reaching the ticket counter
- Your weapons are in a hard sided locked case for which only you have the key or combination the lock
- Your weapons must be unloaded(it’s not a bad idea if carrying a semi auto to have it in a locked open position)
- All ammunition must be secured(not loose) preferably in the original box
- Mags/Clips must be secured in the hard sided case
Read More: TSA Traveling with Special Items
Airlines & Firearms
The rules the airline follow are generally the same but expect exceptions by airline. We’ve posted snippets of some of the more popular US air carriers along with links to their fire arm policies. While they’re basically the same, you may find some rules vary slightly.
“If you’re traveling within the United States, we’ve provided everything you need to know when carrying a firearm. Please note that there are different state laws on the possession of firearms, so check the state requirements of your destination before you travel.”
When are firearms accepted?
You can carry pellet and BB guns without any special handling or documentation, but you can only travel with firearms and ammunition as checked baggage if:
- You are traveling on American and Envoy Air Inc. operated flights
- You have declared them to an agent at check-in
- You are over 18 years old
Read More Here: American Airlines Firearms Policy
Shooting equipment is allowed as checked baggage only. It must fit within the very specific criteria that we outline below.
- Declare to the Delta representative that you are checking a firearm.
- Declare the existence of a firearm to security personnel if there’s a security checkpoint before the Delta counter.
- All firearms must be declared by the passenger to a Delta representative at the main ticket counter.
- Present firearm(s) unloaded and sign a “Firearms Unloaded” declaration.
- Firearms must be packed in a locked manufacturer’s hard-sided container specifically designed for the firearm, a locked hard–sided gun case or a locked hard-sided piece of luggage. Handguns may be packed in a locked hard-sided gun case, and then packed inside an unlocked soft-sided piece of luggage. However, a Conditional Acceptance Tag must be used in this case.
- Maintain entry permits in your possession for the country or countries of destination or transit.
For More Info: Delta Airlines Firearms Policy
Frontier Airlines takes the transportation of firearms and ammunition very seriously. We believe there is a perfect balance between observing your right as a citizen and keeping everyone safe at airports and on flights. If you’re familiar with the security requirements and checking firearms and ammunition, then you’ll surely recognize our rules. If you aren’t familiar with how it works, below are ten easy rules you must follow.
(Pssst…Exclusive Frontier Tip: Don’t forget to make sure you’re in compliance with the state laws and regulations of the state or territory that you are traveling with your firearm to—each one is different.)
- Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts may be transported by passengers 18 years or older in a checked bag on domestic flights in the U.S., but are not allowed to be carried on to flights. To guarantee that your firearm or ammunition get to the same place you’re going, be sure to have them in a checked bag. Otherwise, they will get confiscated at security.
- Neither firearms nor ammunition are allowed on international flights, even if they are in a checked bag.
- All firearms must be unloaded at time of travel.
- When you’re checking in, be sure to declare that you have a firearm in your bag to the customer service representative at the ticket counter.
Customers are responsible for knowing and following the firearms laws of the state(s) that they will be traveling to, from, and through.Firearms must be encased in a hard-sided, locked container that is of sufficient strength to withstand normal handling, as follows:
- A firearm in a hard-sided, locked container may be placed inside a soft-sided, unlocked suitcase.
- A firearm placed inside a hard-sided, locked suitcase does not have to be encased in a container manufactured for the transportation of firearms.
- The locked container or suitcase must completely secure the firearm from access. Cases or suitcases that can be pulled open with minimal effort do not meet the locked criterion.
- Only the Customer checking the luggage should retain the key or combination to the lock. No exceptions will be made.
Read More: Southwest Airlines Firearms Policy
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