Monday, July 28, 2014

Yourg Travelers Guns Allegedly Damaged By Airline

Olympic Hopeful’s Dreams Shot After Guns Allegedly Damaged By Airline

VIDEO / ARTICLE

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From the type of damage indicated I will assume a theft attempt that went wrong.

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Lock requirements:

The use of TSA-accepted luggage locks is allowed when transporting firearms.

However, federal regulations do not require air travelers to use TSA-accepted luggage locks or remove other types of locks, however passengers using non-TSA-accepted locks do so at their own risk. Should a bag require additional screening, TSA officers have the right to remove the lock to access the contents. Locks that do not open with TSA master keys may be cut from the bag.

Recommended you use your own locks!

Lockable case:

Have a good lockable case that will securely hold your firearm (the shorter the better).  The case is going to take a beating, make sure it's sturdy.
    a. The firearm must be unloaded.
    b. The container must be locked.  A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from access by anyone other than you.  Cases that can be pulled open with little effort do not meet this criterion.
    c. A firearm in a hard-sided, locked container may be placed inside a soft-sided, unlocked suitcase or duffle bag.
As in many of life choices, the cheapest purchase in not always the best way to go.  Spend the extra money and get a sturdy case.

Insurance:

Insure your travel insurance policy and/or homeowners insurance or a rider (replacement value) covers the firearm and container.   Most airlines offer insurance, check before you arrive.
    a. You typically won't be reimbursed for normal wear and tear of baggage; damage to wheels, feet, and extending handles; damage to an over-packed bag; and loss of external locks, pull straps or security straps.
    b. If relying on homeowners insurance verify it covers your firearm (and case) when not in the home.
    c. Take photos when packing.
    d. If your packing other items with the firearm make a packing list.
    e. Keep in mind that you will be reimbursed for the depreciated value of your items by the airlines.
    f. If your bag goes missing after you've left the baggage claim area, your claim is no longer with the airline, but with the police.

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Well know bunker trap shooter and frequent traveler Tom Baber has this to say.
 
I have flown through Denver a number of time on both Southwest and Delta.  This should not have happened.  I have learned a number of things flying around the country with my Perazzi's.

Here are some of them:
 
1.  Never let an unlocked gun case out of your sight.

2.  Go with the gun to TSA to insure it is properly relocked after inspection.
 
3.  Don't use TSA locks.
 
4.  Tag your case with your Cell Phone Number.

5.  This is very important....   Buy the extra baggage insurance.  Airline like Southwest give you $2000± in coverage and their limits are a max of $5000.  Buy the extra because it puts the airline on notice that they will really have to pay if the case grown legs or gets damaged   Ticket agents don't know how to do it but they will learn.  Yes...  it's a hassle but it make the airline sit up and take notice.  Cost is $1 per $100 of excess value.

1 comment:

  1. I have been travelling to Europe and Africa besides the US, every year since before 2000. Do not use a TSA lock! Once the airline puts its baggage sticker on your firearm case, nobody has the authority to open the case as the airline now has accepted entire responsibility for the package. They can only X-ray the package before handing it over to special and oversized handling! If flying into Europe, you will find your shotgun either on a carousel ( France) or in special handling or at customs.

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