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05-06-2016 10:16 AM
TJGreg5 The only hiccup I ran into was in Philly when the TSA agent came to inspect my case before I locked it. He was insistent on me handing over the keys and then taking the case into a back room where he would inspect and lock it without me present. I said no go, showed him the TSA (and airline regs) and asked to see a supervisor. After 10 minutes of bickering about me maintaining the keys and inspecting with me present with him telling me 'tey do things differently than the regs' , I was able to get the 'OIC' of the TSA philly airport to come figure out the issue. He looked everything over, told me I was good, I locked up the case, they threw it on the belt.

No was I was going to let some mouth breather deal with $4-5k worth of my stuff without me present, especially after telling me he does not follow the regs.
05-06-2016 10:10 AM
Entropy I've flown all over the country with firearms and have only had a few hiccups, mostly because the airline or security person didn't know the process. It is super easy. I have been delayed once, but most of the time I don't notice, and I also skipped a bunch of the line in O'Hare, which was surprising.

The locks for your gun case are NOT TSA locks. The locks for your baggage ARE TSA locks. So, you lock your hard gun case with NON-TSA locks, put the gun case in your baggage, and lock your baggage with TSA-Approved locks.

The hiccups usually start when you are escorted to the X-Ray machine. Some airports will just run it through the machine and, in that case, you'd leave everything locked. However, some airports want to see inside the case, which would require you to leave everything unlocked. I've found it is easier to leave everything locked from the ticket counter and then only unlock if they ask. If any of the TSA lackeys give you grief, just tell them you're following the regs as you understood them.

The first time was nerve racking for me cause I didn't know what to expect, but after that it is a breeze. Even the full on sniffer-residue-stick search my bag got in Denver.
05-06-2016 09:27 AM
4x4mike I'll be flying into Anchorage and by the sound of it I'll be fine.
05-06-2016 09:14 AM
Numidian
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Originally Posted by TJGreg5 View Post
Also depends a lot on the airport and how used to it they are. DFW, charlotte, charleston SC, bozeman MT were all phenomenal when I went through. Philadelphia, not so much.
I had no problems going through Baltimore. And Maryland is certainly not known for it's gun friendliness LOL.

The key is read the regulations yourself (both FAA and the airline) and have them printed out. Be friendly and polite. The only real issue you can run into is an asshole counter lady, which is why it's important to have everything right, so they can't get a foothold to start an argument.
05-06-2016 08:57 AM
TJGreg5
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It's scary at first when you haven't done it before, but in actuality, it's absolutely no big deal.
Also depends a lot on the airport and how used to it they are. DFW, charlotte, charleston SC, bozeman MT were all phenomenal when I went through. Philadelphia, not so much.
05-06-2016 08:47 AM
Numidian
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USPS its a no go with handguns. Fedex and UPS you can.
Considering the OP was asking about a handgun, he should probably not try that then

OP, just fly with the gun. It's no big deal at all to fly with a handgun.

GunVault NanoVault 200 Key Handgun Safe | DICK'S Sporting Goods

Buy one of those, loop the safety cable through the frame of your suitcase (inside the lining) and then just lock your gun into the case when you get to the airline. It's scary at first when you haven't done it before, but in actuality, it's absolutely no big deal.
05-06-2016 08:04 AM
4x4mike Correct, no handguns with USPS.

I'll look into the third party carriers.
05-06-2016 06:58 AM
TJGreg5
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I thought USPS rules were that you couldn't mail a handgun unless you have an FFL.
USPS its a no go with handguns. Fedex and UPS you can.
05-06-2016 06:02 AM
Numidian I thought USPS rules were that you couldn't mail a handgun unless you have an FFL.
05-06-2016 05:43 AM
BigGreenMonster You are not transferring it to anyone. You are sending and receiving it.
05-06-2016 05:33 AM
bkfj40
Flying Alaska Air with checked handgun

You mail it to yourself.
05-05-2016 07:34 PM
4x4mike Care to explain? I'll Google the usps website but I've never heard of mailing the gun legally.

This is from the ATF website: A nonlicensee may not transfer a firearm to a non-licensed resident of another State. A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. The Postal Service recommends that long guns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun.

[18 U.S.C. 1715, 922(a)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A); 27 CFR 478.31]
05-05-2016 06:38 PM
TJGreg5
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Thank you for all the advice, it's been quite helpful.

I assume the medium flat rate box thing was a joke?
Nope. Legal and convenient.
05-05-2016 06:37 PM
4x4mike Thank you for all the advice, it's been quite helpful.

I assume the medium flat rate box thing was a joke?
05-05-2016 06:36 PM
4x4mike
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Document what you're checking in case it goes "missing".

You'll probably pick it up at the Weird Baggage counter downstairs by the baggage conveyors.

Pm me if you need anything- I live 5 minutes from the airport.
Great. Thank you.
05-04-2016 10:20 PM
ShmUDE ive flown with alaska a ton with a handgun and its no big deal. Walk up to the counter say "id like to declare a firearm". They hand you a little piece of paper. Sign it. One part gets stapled to your ticket. The other part put in your gun case, lock it. In phx they make me hang out by the counter for 15min to make sure they dont need to open it an inspect it. In seattle, they make me take it over to the TSA screening area to get it checked out. After that board your plane and on the other side they will be at the bagage claim counter (have to check your id to release it). Easy peezy.
05-04-2016 10:07 PM
Chris I wouldn't even mess with it personally. Mail it to yourself in a medium flat rate box and be done.
05-04-2016 08:24 AM
TJGreg5
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The airport in Anchorage has a window counter in baggage claim for gun pickup. You don't need TSA locks, just regular locks. No ammo in case, unloaded weapon, locks, and your good to go.
DO NOT use TSA locks. Use locks that only you have the key for. If your bag needs to be opened (after the initial check at the counter by TSA), you will have to be present.
05-04-2016 08:08 AM
87manche from the tsa website

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Firearms
When traveling, comply with the laws concerning posession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock.
Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.
05-04-2016 07:35 AM
busyfixin It's pretty simple. I don't remember locking the outer bag, but it's been three or four years since I've done it. I can't remember anything special about getting the bag at the other end either. I always remember it coming out on the conveyor. Could be different now, and I rarely collected bags in Anchorage, I usually just flew through.
05-03-2016 07:59 AM
Norm The airport in Anchorage has a window counter in baggage claim for gun pickup. You don't need TSA locks, just regular locks. No ammo in case, unloaded weapon, locks, and your good to go.
05-03-2016 04:11 AM
Tuffjarhed
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Originally Posted by eyehatetofu View Post
It is really a simple process. They don't ask for any info. You just have to sign a card declaring its unloaded and that is all they check for.

You tell counter jockey you have a gun, they give you a card, take bag to TSA, they look at gun, you lock it all up, TSA will give you a tag / receipt, then it gets sent on its merry way. Just make sure to keep the tag / receipt handy, because your checked bag won't come out on the conveyor. Somebody will bring it out to you, and it usually takes forever; occasionally it will be brought out first, but that has been very rare in my experience.

As far as packing the pistol it must be in a locked gun case and if that case is inside of a checked bag that has to be locked too.

This^.
05-03-2016 12:22 AM
Subybaja Document what you're checking in case it goes "missing".

You'll probably pick it up at the Weird Baggage counter downstairs by the baggage conveyors.

Pm me if you need anything- I live 5 minutes from the airport.
05-02-2016 10:36 PM
eyehatetofu
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Originally Posted by 4x4mike View Post
Great, thank you!

I kind of assumed as much but it's just an assumption. I plan on bringing a couple of locks as I've read conflicting stories about what type of lock needs to be used on the luggage that contains the locked case. Some say TSA approved, others say pad lock. Easy enough to pack both.
That's a good idea. I usually use a couple regular master locks, but I got flack in Chicago once because they were not TSA approved. Only place that was ever an issue.
05-02-2016 10:31 PM
4x4mike Great, thank you!

I kind of assumed as much but it's just an assumption. I plan on bringing a couple of locks as I've read conflicting stories about what type of lock needs to be used on the luggage that contains the locked case. Some say TSA approved, others say pad lock. Easy enough to pack both.
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