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I am going to San Antonio, TX and I would like to take my sidearm on the plane with me [not carry on obviously]. Has anyone ever done this? I am search for the info but has anyone done this and maybe have some tips or know of any hassles to look out for?

Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Nope. I have flown with a firearm to a lot of places, but not San Antonio. Sorry.
 

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Blackadder said:
I have flown from ATL into San Antonio with a firearm.

No problems, except they lost my luggage on the return flight (Delta).
Hopefully they didn't lose the bag that your gun was in.
 

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Print out both the TSA and the airline policies and highlight the pertinent provisions.

Use a hard sided pistol case with a lock. Put it inside your suitcase and lock that, too.

Do not let either of them out of your sight until they are both locked back and the TSA guy puts the suitcase on the conveyor belt.

Do NOT let the TSA guy have the key (unless he is going to use it right in front of you, return the key, and lock it right in front of you).

I think this applies even when you are flying to San Antonio.
 

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Adam5 said:
Blackadder said:
I have flown from ATL into San Antonio with a firearm.

No problems, except they lost my luggage on the return flight (Delta).
Hopefully they didn't lose the bag that your gun was in.
Yep. I was a little animated.

The next day, a Rastifarian in a van showed up at my house with the suitcase. I made him wait on the porch until I confirmed my Glock 32 and ammo were still in the bag. He was a little animated himself before he (quickly) left.
 

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It is pretty easy, altho I have not done so:
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/ ... _1666.shtm
http://www.thegunzone.com/flying.html

But the safest and most hassle-free thing to do is to call your airlline ahead of time as some of them interpret English in different ways.

Key items - you Never "have a gun to be declared", or "I've got a pistol in my bag" that just excites people, it's just an 'item that needs to be declared' . Also...keep it under Your control until it's safely passed thru TSA inspection.
 

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I packed my beretta in a large duffle bag carry on & went from NJ to CA - that was around 1994. no one asked - no one knew. I dunno if it was legal then or what the regulations are now *shrugs*

BUT later in the 90's I was flying from Boston to New Orleans - my son was carrying a horseshoe in a front pocket of his jacket - it was sprayed gold for "good luck" we were going to junior olympics. My son was 13yrs old at the time - they detained him for a long time trying to taste the horseshoe LOL to see if it was drugs or perhaps an explosive. we finally got on the plane
 

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My experience of flying while armed has been quite positive. I flew ATL to DFW last year for duck hunting. I stepped onto the airport with my case locked. I had to walk from the south terminal to the north. While walking thru, I was snagged by a very nice lady, who happened to be a TSA agent, who said to me: "Oh, I see you have a firearm. Let me help you". I informed her that I had not checked in yet. She smiled and told me to come back when I was ready. At the Airtran skycap, I stated that I was declaring a firearm. I was then asked to open the case. All four locks came off and I was able to uh... show off my Benelli Cordoba to the crowd (there were a few gasps & OMG's)... I assumed they were admiring the fine craftsmanship. I & the agent sign a red tag and it was locked in the case. I was escorted to a TSA screener inside who unlocked my case, repeated the inspection and locked the case back and returned my keys. At DFW, my case rolled off the conveyor with all the other bags (scary). While standing there waiting for my other bags, I had some numb-nut asking what it was that I had. To which I replied, "a case with locks".

Returning back was much the same. On the other end, they segregated the gun case from all the other bags. I had to show ID to pick it up. (warm fuzzy)
 

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All of the TSA folks I've come across didn't give a damn that I was declaring a firearm. Honestly, I don't think they cared if it was a silenced MP5 or a roll of toilet paper as long as it was unloaded. I usually feild-strip my pistol and they just look at it in the case without even picking it up.

It's the local "security" mouth-breathers that are usually the issue.
 

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thanks guys.

There are a few horror stories but seems to be a nonevent to transport a firearm. Now let's hope they don't divert to JFK. :)
 

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blind_shake said:
Now let's hope they don't divert to JFK. :)
Bingo, I believe anyplace in NY.
 
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