Traveling with Guns: Flying the Friendly Skies while Armed
By Chris Eger
Airlines and the TSA are pretty humorless when it comes to flying with guns, no matter how funny you are, but that shouldn’t keep you from flying with one in your checked bag. (Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
One of the easiest things to do — provided you abide by all regulations and airline policy — is to legally fly with a gun inside the country. The only trick is knowing and obeying the rules.
Play by the Rules
The Transportation Security Administration enforces the rules and provides guidelines for airline travel with a firearm. Like it or not, if you violate the rules or disobey the guidelines and there could be consequences.
The agency can assess civil penalties of up to $13,000 for a weapons violation with the typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint usually being $3,900 smackers. Also, some airport authorities can refer the matter over for criminal prosecution, which could lead to jail time and the loss of firearm rights.
With that, the first rule of traveling with firearms is to forget about carrying your firearm on you or in your carry-on to keep from getting the rough treatment at a security checkpoint. Instead, declare it to ticketing agents at your airline’s