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    So I'm going on vacation in 1 week and will be flying to my destination. I see that the TSA requires a "hard sided" container for your pistol to be checked in. I'd prefer to buy a metal container just so there's no room for any problems, but has anyone else been approved by the TSA to use a hard plastic container or other non-metal container? If so, can you tell me which one they approved so I can think about buying it? Appreciate any info.

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    Anything that is hard sided with locks...make sure the gun can't be accessed.

    Some guns come with the hard sided locking case...my sig did.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
      Anything that is hard sided with locks...make sure the gun can't be accessed.

      Some guns come with the hard sided locking case...my sig did.
      Yeah I thought about using the blue hard plastic case that came with my Sig... but I read reports from some officers that the TSA didn't approve it because it's "plastic." Guess it just depends on how stingy your TSA security guys want to be... would rather not take a chance of my case not being approved and having to take my pistol back out to the car where any thug could break in and get it while I'm on vacation... but money's tight and i would prefer not to spend another $30 on a metal case if I can help it too.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by creedstaind View Post
        Yeah I thought about using the blue hard plastic case that came with my Sig... but I read reports from some officers that the TSA didn't approve it because it's "plastic." Guess it just depends on how stingy your TSA security guys want to be... would rather not take a chance of my case not being approved and having to take my pistol back out to the car where any thug could break in and get it while I'm on vacation... but money's tight and i would prefer not to spend another $30 on a metal case if I can help it too.
        That isn't true at all, TSA approves any hard sided case, which includes your Sig, S&W (plastic), HK, Kimber, Glock, etc cases. I just throw a padlock around the handle area, check it and call it a day.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hitthegym View Post
          That isn't true at all, TSA approves any hard sided case, which includes your Sig, S&W (plastic), HK, Kimber, Glock, etc cases. I just throw a padlock around the handle area, check it and call it a day.
          Alright... but if they reject it I'm going to demand some answers from you! Appreciate the help

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          • #6
            Originally posted by creedstaind View Post
            Alright... but if they reject it I'm going to demand some answers from you! Appreciate the help
            Haha, no problem. I do recommend though that you call your airline and TSA for a definitive answer because some airlines may be more complicated than bring it to the counter and you're all done. I believe it was American who actually escorted me to the TSA guy who inspected my gun and he was pretty much freakin' out... it was pretty funny.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Hitthegym View Post
              Haha, no problem. I do recommend though that you call your airline and TSA for a definitive answer because some airlines may be more complicated than bring it to the counter and you're all done. I believe it was American who actually escorted me to the TSA guy who inspected my gun and he was pretty much freakin' out... it was pretty funny.
              Yeah I thought about calling them too... but how many times do you call someone in advance for something, and they give you an answer, then when you show up you get a completely different answer and that person says "I don't know why they told you that over the phone, blah blah blah." Guess I always expect the worst. :/

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              • #8
                I fly with pelican cases. Never had a problem....how was he freaking out? Is he one of those tsa guys that don't carry and know nothing about firearms because those guys are fun to mess with lol.

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                • #9
                  I've traveled with Pelican cases as well as the hard case my Glock came in. Be sure that you're the only one with the key or combination to the lock (don't use TSA locks), and if possible, put the locked case into another piece of luggage. Some airlines allow you to transport ammo and firearms in the same case. Though I don't think it's a very good idea, FAA doesn't have a problem with it. The airlines can make rules more stringent than TSA. If traveling with ammo, be sure that it's in the original factory container or better (as in plastic reload containers or similar). Most airlines have restrictions on the amount of ammo you can transport. Print out both the TSA regulations as well as the airline rules either the day before or day of your flight. This has saved me a lot of time and confusion in the past. Delta airlines is notorious for not understanding their own rules with regard to ammo. I haven't checked lately, but the last time I flew with them I was allowed 11 pounds of ammo. The lady at the counter insisted I could have 9. After showing her the printout from the Delta website, she insisted on weighing my ammo. I refused until a uniformed airport police officer was able to stand by, as to not cause panic with other passengers. Airport officer showed up, we had a chuckle as she weighed my two boxes of ammo (which weighed well under 11 pounds), and I was on my way.

                  Know the rules before you fly and CYA. Good luck, and have a nice trip!
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                  • #10
                    About 2 months ago I flew out of Portland to San Jose using only the black Smith & Wesson plastic case that came with the M&P9c I carried down there. There is a hole on the handle of the case that allows a lock to secure it closed. This case was secured in a larger piece of luggage that was not locked. The ammunition I carried was downloaded into a factory ammo box and store with the gun in the same case.

                    When checking in, just advise the clerk that you need to check a firearm in your luggage and depending on the airport, you may go to a differnt counter or hang out at the current one to wait for approval.

                    There were no issues at PDX or SJC. Per TSA and the airline I flew on, this was a secure and suggested method of transporting firearms and ammunition. On the outbound flight it added 5-10 minutes to the check in process. On the inbound flight it added 20 minutes becaue I had to wait to see if there would be any problems, but there wasn't any.

                    Over all it was pretty painless. There's really no good excuse not to carry anywhere the law allows.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by creedstaind View Post
                      So I'm going on vacation in 1 week and will be flying to my destination. I see that the TSA requires a "hard sided" container for your pistol to be checked in. I'd prefer to buy a metal container just so there's no room for any problems, but has anyone else been approved by the TSA to use a hard plastic container or other non-metal container? If so, can you tell me which one they approved so I can think about buying it? Appreciate any info.
                      As far as I know, there's no officially TSA approved containers as there are, for example, locks, if that's what you are asking. I use a Palikan case with key lock only I have the key to, which I then put inside my soft case luggage, which then has a TSA approved lock on that.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by creedstaind View Post
                        Yeah I thought about using the blue hard plastic case that came with my Sig... but I read reports from some officers that the TSA didn't approve it because it's "plastic."
                        I have flown dozens of times with my Pelikan case and never had an issue.
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                        • #13
                          I've flown twice with the Flambeau Safe Shot Pistol Gun Case 10''. Available at MidwayUSA for $6.99.

                          I bought two sets of combination Master Locks when I flew. No problems what so ever.

                          I know the person who runs the website is on here, but this is where I got my information:

                          8541 Tactical - Flying with Firearms
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                          • #14
                            I'd hateee to fly with a firearm, I see TSA guys stealing stuff all the time.

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                            • #15
                              If you don't put your ammo in the original box...remember it can't be transported inside the magazine UNLESS the magazine has a hard cap.

                              TSA is the only one who will "inspect" your gun. Inspect means they will call a LEO over to verify it is unloaded/ packaged per TSA rules. A station agent from the airline will oversee this process...once the case is locked and the key returned to you...they will place it in your baggage.

                              And your free to move about the country.
                              This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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