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Delta Airlines: Handgun In Checked Luggage Experiences?

Discussion in 'Firepower!!!' started by msw, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. msw

    msw MassCops Member

    Does anyone have any recent experiences with checking a handgun in checked luggage on a Delta Airlines flight? I usually fly JetBlue, Alaska and American, and have never had any issues. But an upcoming domestic USA trip might require me to fly via Delta for the first time in many decades. So if you've had any recent experience with declaring a handgun in checked luggage on a Delta Airlines flight - and how it went when you retrieved your luggage at the destination - please feel free to share it! Thanks.
     
  2. Crazy Otto

    Crazy Otto Working for the clampdown

    Should be the same: Hard case carrier. Break down the weapon. Fill out the declaration form, advise the check in people.
    Give Delta customer service a call. They will have all the 411
     
  3. msw

    msw MassCops Member

    Over the years, I've found the advice from Airline Customer Service Agents regarding checking guns in luggage to be of greatly varying degrees of accuracy. I travel frequently via airlines other than Delta, and am very familiar with the TSA and general airline requirements for securing, declaring and checking - in checked luggage - a handgun. (But never in 30+ years of doing so, have I ever had to disassemble or "break one down". Just make sure the mag is out.) My main issue - and my desire to query the members here - stems from rumors I've heard that Delta Airlines somehow marks or codes bags containing a declared firearm and has them re-routed to their baggage claim office, rather than having them go down the chute and show up on the baggage carousel. Marking a bag would seem to violate a regulation - or maybe it's a TSA rule - that checked bags containing firearms NOT be so marked on the outside. I may try to find and call Delta's "Ground Security Coordinator" (these folks are typically the only ones with any reliable info on this kind of topic) at my nearby Airport and ask this question, but trying to find the right phone number for that person is likely going to be difficult. Anyway, in the meantime, I thought I'd ask the members here if anyone had any recent first hand experience with this on Delta Airlines.
     
  4. Oakum yokum

    Oakum yokum MassCops Member

    Ya, I hate the stickers they put on.
    "Warning. Gun inside w/ammo"
     
  5. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    I last flew Delta a little over a year ago and my bag ended up on the carousel with all the others with no apparent markings. It was a welcome contrast from American Airlines, who I flew a few months earlier and had to show my ID and claim sticker at the baggage service office on both ends. They know that a firearm is in the bag as one clerk straight up told me that firearms can be very dangerous under his breath when I was leaving the office with my bag.

    I don't know if there was a marking on the sticker or if the bag was designated as such in the baggage system.
     
  6. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    I always have a hard-sided lockbox inside my bag with the unloaded gun in it. They usually have me tape it to the lockbox or put it near it. I've never had to put the label ON my suitcase as I don't consider that my hard sided locked container.
     
  7. Oakum yokum

    Oakum yokum MassCops Member

    I was being a smart ass....FYI...
     
  8. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    Here I was thinking you easily confused the signed firearm unloaded delcaration form (usually white or orange). I have had ticket agents on more than one occasion completely ignore me when I tell them I need to declare a firearm.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2018
  9. Oakum yokum

    Oakum yokum MassCops Member

    Wow, I thought you guys were just joking.
    You've actually been on a plane..
    I thought those flying machines were for the rich &famous
     
  10. USM C-2

    USM C-2 MassCops Member

    Only American recently - but in addition to the unloaded firearm declaration that I signed, which then went into the luggage atop the hard gun case inside, they also attached a "Return to BSO" tag - Baggage Service Office, I think. Which means my bag either got taken off the conveyor once it appeared or was brought out by a supervisor. In both cases I had to show ID to retrieve it.
     
  11. msw

    msw MassCops Member

    And now my original question is a moot point. With Delta saying adios to the NRA, I’m saying adios to Delta.
     
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