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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by BC1 View Post
    Call your airline ahead of time and ask for instructions. Some carriers have you check your gun at a different location, not at the main terminal. Don't just walk up to a ticket counter with a gun. Also stay out of NYC airports (LaGuardia, JFK).
    He has a NY CC, shouldn't matter what airport in NY he goes to.

  3. #12
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    Mar 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    I assumed you meant make sure to buy a case that is marked TSA Approved as part of the marketing/packaging. The TSA does not pre-approve cases to be used for airline travel. You are correct, they inspect gun cases at the airport to ensure they cannot be easily opened and the gun removed.

    Respectfully, when you call to find out info, you place yourself at the mercy of the knowledge (or lack of knowledge) of the person on the other end of the phone. It would be better to obtain the written policy.
    Good point. Yes, a written policy with procedures is best. The airline should be able to provide this in advance.

  4. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turkules77 View Post
    He has a NY CC, shouldn't matter what airport in NY he goes to.
    Upstate residents have a NY State CC permit and must completely avoid NYC. NYC does not issue CC permits unless someone is connected, is a police officer or has very specific extenuating circumstances. They will isuue a permit to own and keep in one's home. If he has a NYC permit he could use the city's airports. If it's a state permit he cannot. Very crazy laws in NY City. A NY City CC permit is not issued by the state so he can't travel out of the city with his gun either.

  5. #14

    Given My Experience

    Having traveled a number of times, here's how I go at it:

    1. Review TSA: Traveling with Special Items to understand TSA policies and procedures. Have a copy with you when you reach the airport.
    2. Put the unloaded weapon(s) in a lockable hard-sided case with locks only you have the keys/combination to open. TSA locks are not allowed.
    3. Steps that will make it easier to show that the weapon is unloaded - especially when x-rayed.
      • If the weapon is a:
        • semi-automatic
          • lock the slide open
          • put a cable tie through the barrel and out the breach to show that the chamber is empty
        • revolver, flip the cylinder out
      • Do not put the magazines in this locked case with the gun(s):
        • it invites questions about them being loaded
        • if the gun case is "liberated" from the checked bag by a Criminal Entrepreneur, the lack of magazines frustrates the "Liberator", since the weapon is now initially a single shot one
    4. Check the airline(s) you are flying on:
      • To determine if the ammo
        • MUST be in boxes (plastic reload boxes work)
        • can fly in loaded magazines
      • If loaded magazines are permitted, make sure the pouches fully cover the magazine top where the cartridges are visible.
      • The round(s) from the chamber(s)/cylinder(s) must be in a box, not loose
    5. Secure and protect magazines (separately from the weapon) and ammunition boxes from possible damage.
    6. Put the lockable hard-sided case with the weapon and the ammo/magazines into a cheap, non-descript bag - with clear labeling outside and inside - for checking in.
      • If possible, develop a way to attach - in a lockable way - the hard-sided case to the piece of luggage it has been placed into.
      • The labeling should be limited to:
        • Your Name
        • Your Cell Phone - if you have one, or your home phone if you do not
        • Your personal email address - if you have one
    7. Other stuff - like shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc, could be in this checked bag also.
    8. Have the rules for the airline in hand when you check this non-descript bag at the airport.
    9. Make sure you have the keys/combinations to the lockable hard-sided case with you and you alone (Per Federal Regulations 49CFR 1540.111 Carriage of weapons, explosives, and incendiaries by individuals - Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:) at all times. You will have to open the lockable hard-side case:
      • to demonstrate to the airline that the weapon(s) are not loaded at check in (a signed form/tag indicating that will go in with the weapon(s))
      • if the TSA wants to see
    10. Have the serial number(s) and descriptions of your weapons on you, so if they "disappear" you can report the loss/theft immediately to the:
      • airline
      • FAA Regional Office
      • ATF Regional Office

    Other things to consider:

    1. Check and/or Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Maps to determine:
      • If you can possess the weapon at all your stops
      • Where and how you can carry at all your stops
      • What are the deadly force rules in each state you are visiting
    2. Have a copy of the Don Young Transportation Letter on hand - This covers changing modes of travel - car to plane to car - in a single journey.
    Orlando, FL

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