Air Travel With Firearms
Do you travel with firearm on an airplane? I used to -- about twice a week. As a result I have a few stories to tell. See my collection of stories here.
I try to always take a firearm when I travel on a plane. Part of my "push the envelope" policy.
My experiences are almost exclusive with Horizon Air involving Pullman, WA security and Seattle/Tacoma security. Other carriers and airport security differ. Call your airline before you get to the airport to make sure you will be within their rules. I have flown with Delta, Alaska, and United with no problems (but it has been a while -- further updates indicate it's time to stop giving United our business). TWA was a problem.
Also in times of heightened security (see my bomb scare story) things may be different.
Here is most of what TSA says about firearms on commercial flights. Just about anything gun related can be carried checked baggage, but must not have it in your carry-on. Exemptions are flare guns, gun lighters, and gunpowder (this almost for certain means smokeless as well as black powder). They are not allowed on the plane at all. Although I haven't seen mention of it, I suspect primers are off limits too.
Airlines have their own rules that may be more restrictive than those of TSA. Here are the links to restrictions on some of the major airlines:
See http://www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/bradylaw/shippers.htm for complete details. The short version follows:
Last update: January 26, 2006
Email: Joe Huffman