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Old 05-20-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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I looked at the info on the site but I'd like to know what your experiences have been.

Warpt I don't need links to previous threads.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I've shipped them as air freight and as regular baggage. I've never had a problem either way. Shipped two gun cases to Anchorage as I was driving up from Ketchikan via Prince Rupert, etc. 7 days later when I arrived my firearms were their waiting for me. No problems.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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So you show them the gun at check in & lock the case & they take care of the rest?
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I looked at a sign Tuesday morning next to the ticket counter. It said to declare any firearms, and they must be in a hardcase, unloaded and case locked when checked in as baggage.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:47 PM
 
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Hmm... If I'm able to take the AR armorers class in September I want to bring my AR up with me.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:19 PM
 
Location: alaska
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I packed my 454 casual with me last year. No problems. I declared it at the check in and signed the paper, then put it in the case and put the case in my duffle bag and checked the bag, so no extra baggage fee. They said that they recomend doing that so any baggage handlers wont be tempted to swipe it. So you might take your AR apart and get a smaller case so you can stick in a duffle. I will be shipping my long guns through the post office to myself, and packing my 454 on the plane. My post master said there is no problem shipping any long gun using the usps. They just have to be packed in a box with no markings on the outside that says its a gun.
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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I looked at the info on the site but I'd like to know what your experiences have been.

Warpt I don't need links to previous threads.
OK...I'll tell you a story. I got in line to try to fly standby to King Salmon during the commercial fishing season rush. The lady in front of me was also flying standby and carrying a gun case. I mentioned how much it was a bummer to fly standby and just hope to get on the plane.

She said she had reservations for the day before and was bringing her husbands 30-06 out to him. She came by taxi and the taxi driver helped her bring her luggage in. The ticket clerk asked her if the gun was loaded and she said "I have no idea". The ticket clerk took it out of the case, pointed it toward the ceiling and pulled the trigger. BANG. Everyone stood there shocked. The taxi driver took the rifle out of the ticket agents hands, told her "we better go maam" took her luggage and drove her home.

She was back the next day telling me this story in the stand-by line. This was in the early 80's...You would end up in Gitmo today.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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Oh boy... 30-06 seem to have this happen often. I knew a guy who at one time wanted to show me his new rifle. In the garage, he pulled it out, turned the gun around this way and that way and than discharged it 18" from my face. My ears ringed for quite a while. Thank god the aim was upward a bit and the bullet went over the neighbors. Ignorant A-hole.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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OK...I'll tell you a story. I got in line to try to fly standby to King Salmon during the commercial fishing season rush. The lady in front of me was also flying standby and carrying a gun case. I mentioned how much it was a bummer to fly standby and just hope to get on the plane.

She said she had reservations for the day before and was bringing her husbands 30-06 out to him. She came by taxi and the taxi driver helped her bring her luggage in. The ticket clerk asked her if the gun was loaded and she said "I have no idea". The ticket clerk took it out of the case, pointed it toward the ceiling and pulled the trigger. BANG. Everyone stood there shocked. The taxi driver took the rifle out of the ticket agents hands, told her "we better go maam" took her luggage and drove her home.

She was back the next day telling me this story in the stand-by line. This was in the early 80's...You would end up in Gitmo today.
Ok, I'm searching through back threads for info on transporting guns and come across this story. OH MY. How the world has changed.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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The ticket clerk took it out of the case, pointed it toward the ceiling and pulled the trigger. BANG.
Good lord, what is wrong with that ticket clerk!? If you don't know how to clear a weapon, you shouldn't even be touching it (goes for the wife too, but at least she didn't pull the damn trigger!).

I checked a pistol in my bag from Tampa to Fairbanks last year (was on Alaska Airlines from Seattle and back) and had no issues at all. The ticket clerks didn't even want to verify that it was clear or see the case it was in. I just told them it was unloaded and locked and they gave me a little card to put in the bag. Then I had to go take it to a special screening area, but it wasn't any big deal at all. Fitting the case in the bag was a bigger hassle than getting it on the plane.

Haven't shipped one in cargo before, but if I work up the nerve to move up there I'll have to. I'm wondering how it needs to be packed to be sent in cargo, whether it needs to be locked in a hard case or if it's okay to put rifles in soft cases inside a box.
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