87Grounded From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 121 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
After spending over a half hour with UA customer service and not getting a clear answer, I've decided to turn to the experts here on a.net. I should have done that in the first place.
I will be traveling in May and need to take my Glock handgun with me. I know I have to have it in my checked luggage and was wondering what the rules and guidelines are. I have my concealed handgun permit for the state I am leaving from as well as the state I am traveling to and I know that although I have the permit, I am NOT ALLOWED to have it in my carry-on. So please no lectures about why I need it or my intentions in having it with me. Rest assurred, I am a lawful, former law enforcement officer, who knows handgun safety and believes that a sucking chest wound beats martial arts any day.
Any replies are greatly appreciated.
Oh, and one more thing: GO DUCKS!!
On your deathbed you'll receive total consiousness- so I've got that going for me.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
From an airline employee, you need to have the gun in a hardsided case in your checked luggage, and it must be declared upon checking in. At the airline counter, you will have to open it up, the airline will have you sign a little tag to place inside the guncase, and then it can be locked again. TSA should not need to have to go through it. Ammo must also be locked up as well. If these guidelines are not followed, you will have some explaining to do with TSA and airport police as well as being out of the cash for your Glock.
When I worked as a CSA for DL in SAV, I had a poor Marine from MCAS Beaufort(or it may have been Army from Ft. Stewart, but I think he was Marine) who was going on leave and decided to take his M-4 home to show off to his family and buddies. He was doing it against Marine Corps regulations, I'm sure, as I don't think it was supposed to even leave base, much less while he was on leave. The gun was disassembled and in a duffle bag with clothes. It was not declared and checked as a normal bag. When TSA got it, they about had a cow. They and airport police retrieved the bag and brought it to baggage claim. The pax was PA'd to meet them by the baggage service office and he had to explain everything. Why the gun wasn't locked up, why he was travelling with the rifle, what purpose did he have for the gun, was the Marine Corps aware he was with the gun, etc. He ended up having the gun confiscated and kept by airport police. I'm not sure if the gun ever made it back to the Marine Corps or what happened to this fellow, but he learned the hard way that you can't just hop on a plane with a gun.
The same rules apply to paintball and BB guns as well.