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Can weight 11lbs (5kg)

That’s flight rules standard everywhere.

Not scary at all. Has to be in packaging where they cant rattle. OEM or I happen to use MTM slip cases for rifle and OEM cardboard for shotgun shells. Put them in a cheapo plastic ammo can inside checked luggage.

Print out airline rules, sometimes at check in they havent dealt with it at the counter and its easier to show someone if they are confused. Find it under sporting equipment on their website.

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54 minutes ago, mowin said:

I'd be scared as hell to air travel with ammo.  

I'd call the airport or state police to find that answer. 

Agreed, but print out any regulations you can find, as well as cross-referencing the NYPD's and NYC policies on this and having those on hand in paper. If you're flying into JFK or LaGuardia That's NYC jurisdiction and hell of a different set of rules in the city... Here's the other question. I'm wondering if you can mail them to an FFL near where you are staying and pick them up there. Call them ahead of time. That might be easier. They'll probably charge you like 15 bucks or some shit like that.

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54 minutes ago, mowin said:

I'd be scared as hell to air travel with ammo.  

I'd call the airport or state police to find that answer. 

I’d add its TSA and for all the NYC airports, Port Authority Police for jurisdiction. Checked guns and ammo there many a time and those cops have been nothing but professional 

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When,I flew out of Stewart Airport  twice to Turkey Hunt in Tennessee  in 2000 + 2004 - it was ok to keep Ammo in Luggage.  Maybe things have changed. I know also that when,I arrived at Stewart International  I had to declare that I had a Firearm- that very word to the nearest official 

 My Metal Gun case was opened and checked of course at the front counter.

 No problem  either year.

Take The Multiple Use Area Challenge. 

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here’s from American Airlines for example; Notice you need to declare ammo at check in…..

Within the U.S., you can only travel with firearms and ammunition, including pellet and BB guns, in your checked bags if you’re over 18 years old. You must check them with an agent at check-in and declare that you’re traveling with firearms and ammunition.

Firearms must be:

  • Unloaded
  • In a locked hard-sided container where the firearm is totally inaccessible. Cable locks can’t be used. 
  • Rifle cases require locks on each end 

Ammunition must be:

In the original packaging from the manufacturer or in packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition (made of fiber, wood or metal), with a maximum of 11 pounds (5 kgs) per container or customer. Ammunition is not accepted loose or in magazines or clips.

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11 minutes ago, blackbeltbill said:

When,I flew out of Stewart Airport  twice to Turkey Hunt in Tennessee  in 2000 + 2004 - it was ok to keep Ammo in Luggage.  Maybe things have changed. I know also that when,I arrived at Stewart International  I had to declare that I had a Firearm- that very word to the nearest official 

 My Metal Gun case was opened and checked of course at the front counter.

 No problem  either year.

You don’t have to approach the first person; but you cant do a bag drop and do have to check in at the counter.

But there’s a really good nugget in that post.

I never go there and start spouting off I have a GUN. Its always something like “I have special sporting goods, a firearm and ammunition to declare.” Doesn’t put anyone in earshot on edge, no alarm bells go off. Typically a supervisor comes over or I go over to their computer terminal to do check in; not always, but more often then not. I’m also super patient, there just no need to piss off the world, I just want to get on my way.

Want a funny? Most clueless counter staff for a firearm? San Antonio, Texas ,flying SouthWest. Here I am in the “land of the free, open carry, we’re bigger and better” and that young lady turned ghost white when I said I needed to declare a firearm. She went and got someone else in a hurry. LOL

 

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1 hour ago, Ogee said:

Can weight 11lbs (5kg)

That’s flight rules standard everywhere.

Not scary at all. Has to be in packaging where they cant rattle. OEM or I happen to use MTM slip cases for rifle and OEM cardboard for shotgun shells. Put them in a cheapo plastic ammo can inside checked luggage.

Print out airline rules, sometimes at check in they havent dealt with it at the counter and its easier to show someone if they are confused. Find it under sporting equipment on their website.

The port authority aren’t the brightest bunch. Airline allows it but NYC has stricter rules about ammo and guns. I have the permit but the traveler doesn’t. I wonder if I meet them at the airport and claim the bag at the carousel if that would be sufficient. 

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1 hour ago, NYRturkeycall said:

Agreed, but print out any regulations you can find, as well as cross-referencing the NYPD's and NYC policies on this and having those on hand in paper. If you're flying into JFK or LaGuardia That's NYC jurisdiction and hell of a different set of rules in the city... Here's the other question. I'm wondering if you can mail them to an FFL near where you are staying and pick them up there. Call them ahead of time. That might be easier. They'll probably charge you like 15 bucks or some shit like that.

I can’t find anything online from Port Authority. 

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1 hour ago, Ogee said:

I’d add its TSA and for all the NYC airports, Port Authority Police for jurisdiction. Checked guns and ammo there many a time and those cops have been nothing but professional 

My sole experience with the Port Authority has been negative. That’s why I’d like to be able to cite official regulations if it were to become an issue. 

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21 minutes ago, Versatile Hunter said:

My sole experience with the Port Authority has been negative. That’s why I’d like to be able to cite official regulations if it were to become an issue. 

Shame.

After these replies I was thinking on it and I checked in at JFK I think 12 times best I can figure with guns/ammo and Port Authority shows up each time by their policy; never any issues. Actually a couple times had a really great conversation with them.

Never see PA on the arrival side for a bag; grab bags and off to long term parking on AirTrain, but thats just my experience.

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a person on another site was seriously hassled by TSA for not having a lock in every one of the available lock points. This was at the Boston airport. Eventually was allowed to continue on his trip but not before being given a administrative ticket for big bucks. He got the fine reduced but only by promising to not do this anymore.

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13 hours ago, Farflung said:

a person on another site was seriously hassled by TSA for not having a lock in every one of the available lock points. This was at the Boston airport. Eventually was allowed to continue on his trip but not before being given a administrative ticket for big bucks. He got the fine reduced but only by promising to not do this anymore.

My brother flew one with another friend and he had no problem getting through that when they arrived though his case was fine but his buddy had a case that had spots for multiple locks and he didn't use them all. His case was pried open. Luckily nothing was taken or ruined. I bet the tsa knows the people in the back do this stuff and where just looking to help out/save a headache for everyone.

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