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I will be traveling this holiday season. Unlike previous trips when I flew, the destination is a state that has reciprocity with my Florida permit. I plan on bringing at least my G29 and likely my SW 642, Philly is not the safest city! What protocols do I need to follow when packing/checking the weapons for the flight? The last time I traveled with firearms was pre-9/11 and TSA, and I am unsure of the changes. Thanks
 

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Watch yourself, you may be "legal" in Pennsylvania but that doesn't mean you're "legal" in Philly.

Philly may be more dangerous than the rest of the state but they definately do things their own way.

Check first.
 

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Watch yourself, you may be "legal" in Pennsylvania but that doesn't mean you're "legal" in Philly.

Philly may be more dangerous than the rest of the state but they definately do things their own way.

Check first.
+1^^^ I was just going to say that!
 

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TSA rules/regs: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1666.shtm Make sure you read all these and probably would be a good idea to have a printed copy with you.

ALSO.... be sure to check with your specific airline to see if they have any other rules that may differ from those of TSA. Ex: I went out to Vegas recently via AirTran and they specifically want the ammo packed in a checked luggage separate from the luggage that your firearm is checked in. I believe the TSA rules doesn't require ammo to be in a separate checked bag.

But you shouldn't have any problems if you follow what they have there. I had my pistol unloaded and slide locked back locked in a hard plastic case with two keyed master locks that ONLY I had the key for. This case was then packed in my checked suitcase and I then had one of those TSA-approved luggage locks on the suitcase itself.

I've seen several folks suggest using something like a COM pistol case and running the cable through some internal support part of the luggage so that if someone did get in your bag they couldn't remove the pistol case. I guess even with my plastic case I could have looped some sort of cable lock through the handle to attach it to the inside of my suitcase.
 

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Good stuff about securing the pistol case to the frame of the big bag
 

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Follow all the rules; those of TSA (Thousands Standing Around :laughing) and the particular airline, as others have stated herein, and you'll be fine.

One unpublished, salutary benefit to flying with a firearm, however, is that, after the ticket agent and a TSA agent inspect your packing handiwork and bless same, you will be escorted to the HEAD OF THE LINE where your bag will be scanned by that kluge of a piece of equipment TSA uses for such a purpose and sent on your merry way. This happened to me down in Orlando at MCO and I was thrilled! It saved me at least 20 minutes in line with others waiting to hand off their bag(s) to the TAS folks for scanning.

Merry Christmas. Have a day. Bang Gunley
 

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I will be traveling this holiday season. Unlike previous trips when I flew, the destination is a state that has reciprocity with my Florida permit. I plan on bringing at least my G29 and likely my SW 642, Philly is not the safest city! What protocols do I need to follow when packing/checking the weapons for the flight? The last time I traveled with firearms was pre-9/11 and TSA, and I am unsure of the changes. Thanks
Just make sure that when you approach your airline ticket agent that you don't declare in a loud and nervous voice ...

"Uh, I have a gun!!!" :laughing

Actually, I flew Delta out of Tampa Intl. Airport last August to Ohio, and it was really a breeze. I was more nervous than the Delta people were. :D

I quietly approached the ticket booth and in a low voice advised I had a firearm to declare. The lady behind the counter yelled down to her manager that she had a guy declaring a gun ... I about crapped!! :rolf

They did their thing, checked to make sure it passed Delta's regulations, then I was escourted by a Delta employee over to the TSA area, she advised them I had a gun to declare, the TSA guy did did his thing, then put my bag into this machine that looked like a small automatic car wash, I watched my bag disappear into it, a couple seconds later someone, who I could not see OK'd my bag, and I was good to go.

Like everyone has advised, just follow the necessary regs. and you will be surprised how easy it is.

Just one piece of advice though, make sure your ammo box is secure. When I was flying back, I checked my bag as I did in Tampa, got the OK, went through airport security to go to my gate, and then I heard a voice announcing my name and to return to the Delta counter.

When I got there, a TSA guy was waiting for me and asking for the keys to my luggage and guncase. My pucker factor went up to a 10. I thought OK, I am an ex-LEO and I am going to Federal Prison. They would not tell me why they needed my keys.

Turns out, one of the boxes had come open and some rounds had fallen out into the suitcase and they had to replace them into the box and tape it shut.

Ya know they could have at least told me what they were doing and why, but I think they were probably having a little fun with me at MY expense. Hey, thanks guys, funny, real funny!! :doh
 

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Securing it inside of the suitcase is a good idea. I bought a case to transport a couple of shotguns in. Figured it'd be safe with Delta. I just got a cheapie combo lock. When it got to the other end, the wire hinge was half way out. It didn't vibrate out. I tried & couldn't get it out with pliers. Someone definetly tried to open it form the hinge end.
 

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Ya know they could have at least told me what they were doing and why, but I think they were probably having a little fun with me at MY expense.
They may have not been joking. I had the same thing happen to me on my way back from Puerto Rico this summer. But no guns in my case. I think my mother in law stuck a fruit can in my wife's bag because I wouldn't put it in mine. They asked for the keys and no matter how much I asked they wouldn't tell me why they wanted to open the bags. I let my wife handle it since it was her bag in trouble. But they were serious as a heart attack. After they opened it they made her step back and wouldn't let her get near the bag. It was ok but I guess they saw a round metal object in there and thought it was an IED or something. My wife was pissed at her mom after that.

If that can had exploded there would have been tropical fruit chrapnel all over the airport.
 

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If that can had exploded there would have been tropical fruit chrapnel all over the airport.
Yeah. Think of it this way. When a USA citizen crosses the border to Canada, they ask if we have any weapons to declare. When Cannucks cross into the US, they ask if they have any fruits or vegetables to declare.

You're lucky your canned food didn't cause an international agricultural incident! :rolf

- Str8Shooter
 
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