|05-06-2016 10:16 AM|
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|
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|
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|
|05-06-2016 08:47 AM|
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|
Correct, no handguns with USPS.
I'll look into the third party carriers.
|05-06-2016 06:58 AM|
|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|
Flying Alaska Air with checked handgun
You mail it to yourself.
|05-05-2016 07:34 PM|
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|
|05-05-2016 06:37 PM|
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|
|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|
|05-04-2016 08:08 AM|
from the tsa website
|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|
|05-03-2016 12:22 AM|
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|
|05-02-2016 10:31 PM|
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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