Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
BCM
Durkin Tactical Franklin Armory
User Panel

Site Notices
8/16/2022 4:37:09 PM
Posted: 4/11/2022 10:31:07 PM EDT
So, first time checking a firearm at MCO WTF, perp walk to TSA from the Southwest counter.  

In NOLA, you tag and drop your case off like anything else, except you put the little property tag in.

The lady at the counter acted like it was normal
Link Posted: 4/12/2022 2:51:58 PM EDT
[#1]
Same shit at TPA when I flew to Vegas the night before Thanksgiving. Return flight from Vegas just dropped my bag off with the ticket agent.
Link Posted: 4/12/2022 7:00:51 PM EDT
[#2]
Every airport has different procedures and even the airlines vary with how they handle it.
Link Posted: 4/12/2022 9:52:57 PM EDT
[#3]
It's not a perp walk. It's actually the best way to check your firearms, because they get special handling the whole way, far less likely to be lost long the way.

Where were you flying too, and did your bag come out separately upon your arrival?
Link Posted: 4/12/2022 10:11:06 PM EDT
[#4]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By F224:
It's not a perp walk. It's actually the best way to check your firearms, because they get special handling the whole way, far less likely to be lost long the way.

Where were you flying too, and did your bag come out separately upon your arrival?
View Quote
Flew into New Orleans, and yes the case was walked to the service counter instead of being on the carousel.

I didn't notice any special handling other than a sticker and a pamphlet in the case.  I did notice having to be escorted down an elevator and across the airport to a TSA check center instead of the fine folks at the airline taking care of it.

Seems like a hassle to me, but if it's what you're accustomed to I guess it doesn't.
Link Posted: 4/13/2022 7:14:08 AM EDT
[#5]
The advantage is you drop it at that location and it gets scanned IMMEDIATELY so if there is a problem you are standing right there.
Or they could feed it into the baggage system, if there is a problem they can call you back from your gate and you can go through security twice.
Link Posted: 4/14/2022 10:23:12 AM EDT
[#6]
Everywhere I’ve checked one has had me accompany the bag to the scanning area. MCO has been one of the easier ones usually.
Link Posted: 4/15/2022 7:14:46 AM EDT
[#7]
The last time I went with checked firearms I went downstairs into the TSA screening room at MCO.

Never had issues.
Link Posted: 4/15/2022 11:21:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: olekennyroy] [#8]
Well, last night was fun flying out of MSY.

Learned an important lesson; laptop and firearms need to be in different bags.

TSA also doesn't know their own rules, and I'll keep extra locks just in case next time.

Long story short, they "have to" check every checked laptop so they cut the locks off.  When they saw the firearm, cue the "it was at this moment he knew he fucked up" music, and I got a frantic call from SW telling me TSA needed the key for the lock they found inside my pelican case because they now have an unsecured firearm and need a way to lock it.

Total shit show.

Fuck TSA.
Link Posted: 4/19/2022 2:52:17 PM EDT
[#9]
MCO has been hit or miss sometimes. Ive had it just get opened at the counter and place the tag inside and they put it on the belt. I have also had to walk it down stairs to get looked at in the little secure room while I watched. Nothing is ever the same and they never know their own rules.
Link Posted: 5/12/2022 11:49:57 PM EDT
[#10]
I rather go with the bag and be there when they check it.  I recently flew JFK to SFO and back.  At JFK they called TSA and told them a bag with a firearm was coming down and it went on the belt.  At SFO they walked me to TSA and I watched as they rummaged thru my suitcase and swabbed everything including the inside of the gun case for explosives.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:44:43 PM EDT
[#11]
I flew out of Orlando last week up to Chicago O’Hare. The process at MCO was ridiculously more complex than returning through ORD.
The United reps at O’Hare were much more accommodating and FAST, than those reps at the Orlando counter.

Fucking opposite world here!
Link Posted: 5/17/2022 11:49:22 AM EDT
[#12]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By secamp32:
I rather go with the bag and be there when they check it.  I recently flew JFK to SFO and back.  At JFK they called TSA and told them a bag with a firearm was coming down and it went on the belt.  At SFO they walked me to TSA and I watched as they rummaged thru my suitcase and swabbed everything including the inside of the gun case for explosives.
View Quote


Did it come up positive?
Link Posted: 5/18/2022 6:58:12 PM EDT
[#13]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Mudfoot:
I flew out of Orlando last week up to Chicago O’Hare. The process at MCO was ridiculously more complex than returning through ORD.
The United reps at O’Hare were much more accommodating and FAST, than those reps at the Orlando counter.

Fucking opposite world here!
View Quote


Any tips to getting through the process at MCO?  I'm going to be flying United out of MCO in about a month, and I want to be prepared.  I know that the rules say I am supposed to put my handgun (unloaded) in a locked case in my luggage with ammo separate/in original boxes.  Are there any extra complications on top of this?
Link Posted: 5/18/2022 10:13:48 PM EDT
[#14]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By biometrician:


Any tips to getting through the process at MCO?  I'm going to be flying United out of MCO in about a month, and I want to be prepared.  I know that the rules say I am supposed to put my handgun (unloaded) in a locked case in my luggage with ammo separate/in original boxes.  Are there any extra complications on top of this?
View Quote
Just be early and be prepared to take a little hike, not difficult at all.  Unloaded in a locked hard side case.  I had ammo in the same case in magazines.  No issue, just make sure no ammo or mags loaded into firearm.
Link Posted: 5/19/2022 2:06:02 PM EDT
[#15]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By biometrician:


Any tips to getting through the process at MCO?  I'm going to be flying United out of MCO in about a month, and I want to be prepared.  I know that the rules say I am supposed to put my handgun (unloaded) in a locked case in my luggage with ammo separate/in original boxes.  Are there any extra complications on top of this?
View Quote



Leaving ammo in the magazine can be hit or miss.
In the factory box or an ammo case of some sort (like the MTM plastic cases) might save you some hassle.
Link Posted: 5/19/2022 9:47:30 PM EDT
[#16]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Shadowgrouse:



Leaving ammo in the magazine can be hit or miss.
In the factory box or an ammo case of some sort (like the MTM plastic cases) might save you some hassle.
View Quote View All Quotes
View All Quotes
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Shadowgrouse:
Originally Posted By biometrician:


Any tips to getting through the process at MCO?  I'm going to be flying United out of MCO in about a month, and I want to be prepared.  I know that the rules say I am supposed to put my handgun (unloaded) in a locked case in my luggage with ammo separate/in original boxes.  Are there any extra complications on top of this?



Leaving ammo in the magazine can be hit or miss.
In the factory box or an ammo case of some sort (like the MTM plastic cases) might save you some hassle.


This^.
Link Posted: 5/19/2022 10:34:48 PM EDT
[#17]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Shadowgrouse:



Leaving ammo in the magazine can be hit or miss.
In the factory box or an ammo case of some sort (like the MTM plastic cases) might save you some hassle.
View Quote


IIRC, in the magazine is supposed to be fine as long as they are in a pouch that covered the rounds. But I’ve always used a factory box so I didn’t have to worry about whether it was going to cause an issue.
Link Posted: 5/19/2022 11:00:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Pallas] [#18]
I liked it here when TSA would scan your bags in front of you, that was a long time ago. CLT would make you wait at the counter, then tell you it was okay, same time frame though. I've UPS'd my pistol to myself.
Link Posted: 5/20/2022 5:42:39 AM EDT
[#19]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By gunnut284:


IIRC, in the magazine is supposed to be fine as long as they are in a pouch that covered the rounds. But I’ve always used a factory box so I didn’t have to worry about whether it was going to cause an issue.
View Quote


Small arms ammunition (up to .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge) must be packaged in a fiber (such as cardboard), wood, plastic, or metal box specifically designed to carry ammunition and declared to your airline.

So, the argument is a magazine isn't a box...

But it also states

Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.

But, I'm with you,  leave it in a box and save the trouble. Some guys want to go all "Print the rules so you can wave it in their face".
Link Posted: 6/8/2022 10:42:02 PM EDT
[#20]
Originally Posted By TailHunter:


Did it come up positive?
View Quote


No
Link Posted: 6/13/2022 12:25:15 PM EDT
[#21]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Coldbore556:
MCO has been hit or miss sometimes. I've had it just get opened at the counter and place the tag inside and they put it on the belt. I have also had to walk it down stairs to get looked at in the little secure room while I watched. Nothing is ever the same and they never know their own rules.
View Quote

This was my experience with Spirit in 2017.  Just placed the tag inside the case, returned it to the suitcase, and away I went.
Link Posted: 6/14/2022 12:47:52 PM EDT
[#22]
I "may" have once been between the runway and taxiway at MCO with 2 pistols and a suppressed AR in my truck, after going through TSA screening.  Such high security.
Link Posted: 6/15/2022 3:58:50 PM EDT
[#23]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Rook1069:
I "may" have once been between the runway and taxiway at MCO with 2 pistols and a suppressed AR in my truck, after going through TSA screening.  Such high security.
View Quote


If you were in your truck you weren't screened by TSA. Access to the AOA is controlled by the airport authority and they conduct any searches/screening.
Link Posted: 6/16/2022 1:08:53 PM EDT
[#24]
Vegas is dtop and fly, Salt Lake was perpwalk.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 5:09:38 PM EDT
[#25]
I'm flying out of MCO this week with my pistol.

What's not clear to me is what type of lock should I bring.  I will be putting my pistol case inside my luggage.  

Do I use a TSA lock for both my suitcase and my luggage, or do I use a padlock for both?  Should I just get a set of both and use whatever makes the TSA happy so I can go on my way?
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 6:21:45 PM EDT
[#26]
TSA lock on your bag. Your own real padlock on the pistol case. Also, secure it to the bag if you can. If it's a roller bag and you can run a cable around the support struts. Anything that prevents someone from sliding the pistol case out fast.
Link Posted: 6/25/2022 11:23:20 PM EDT
[#27]
I always use a non-TSA lock on the case and the bag.
Link Posted: 6/26/2022 8:29:31 AM EDT
[#28]
I've done it countless time in Tampa without issue. Orlando and Miami are dominated by Yankees and people from the 3rd world who make a big production out of everything. Choose where you travel to carefully
Link Posted: 6/26/2022 6:04:38 PM EDT
[#29]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By itsnotpersonal:
I've done it countless time in Tampa without issue. Orlando and Miami are dominated by Yankees and people from the 3rd world who make a big production out of everything. Choose where you travel to carefully
View Quote


I’ve been pleasantly surprised and not had any significant issues (other than just added time) at any of the airports I’ve flown out of, including Baltimore, both DC Reagan and Dulles, and Denver.
Link Posted: 6/27/2022 10:53:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: i_tell_you_what] [#30]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By gunnut284:


I've been pleasantly surprised and not had any significant issues (other than just added time) at any of the airports I've flown out of, including Baltimore, both DC Reagan and Dulles, and Denver.
View Quote
I'll see you and raise you a Logan and a LAX.  No problems coming or going (or police interaction).

Sky Harbor they wanted to swab the case for explosives but was fine otherwise.
Link Posted: 6/28/2022 4:24:18 PM EDT
[#31]
Well I'm flying out of Orlando tomorrow afternoon with my pistol.  I'm putting my handgun and ammo in a pelican case and locking it with padlocks, and I've got a cable to secure it to the frame of my suitcase.  TSA lock for bag.  

I'm praying the TSA doesn't give me any problems- I hate dealing with entitled people that sit behind a desk.  I'm flying back from a small airport in Montana, so I doubt I'll have issues with them.  If I survive I'll post an AAR.
Link Posted: 7/7/2022 5:32:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: floridahunter07] [#32]
I prefer that method at Tampa International. The idea that I should stand around for 15-20 minutes and then leave "if you don't hear your name called over the PA / nobody comes to get you" like they do it in other states/airports, is asinine.

I've flown with checked firearms (either rifle, pistol, or both - of every size and configuration) since I was 17 years old, and I'll be 33 in a few months. You guys that incessantly worry about stuff like this just need to relax, it's not the big deal you're making it out to be and only once or twice have I ever had a desk agent that gave me shit, because I follow airline and TSA regs to the letter on how things are to be packaged and labeled.
Link Posted: 7/10/2022 8:36:00 PM EDT
[#33]
Everything was fairly easy- only snag I had was while picking up my luggage in Orlando.  

The people working in the baggage claim office for Delta barely spoke English and had no idea what was going on.  There were two other people trying to pickup weapons, and we stood around for over a half hour after everyone else on our flight had gotten their regular luggage.  Turns out our "special" bags were sitting on a cart unattended just out of sight from the office but right next to the conveyor belt that was offloading regular luggage.  One of the guys waiting on weapons was super pissed because he had a bunch of expensive/NFA stuff in his bag.  

I guess putting the special CAGPT tag on the bag and wrapping a zip tie around it will protect it from theft, right?  
Link Posted: 7/11/2022 5:28:39 PM EDT
[#34]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By biometrician:
Everything was fairly easy- only snag I had was while picking up my luggage in Orlando.  

The people working in the baggage claim office for Delta barely spoke English and had no idea what was going on.  There were two other people trying to pickup weapons, and we stood around for over a half hour after everyone else on our flight had gotten their regular luggage.  Turns out our "special" bags were sitting on a cart unattended just out of sight from the office but right next to the conveyor belt that was offloading regular luggage.  One of the guys waiting on weapons was super pissed because he had a bunch of expensive/NFA stuff in his bag.  

I guess putting the special CAGPT tag on the bag and wrapping a zip tie around it will protect it from theft, right?  
View Quote

That's odd.  My suitcase with a checked weapon came out on the baggage carousel at Philadelphia International (Spirit Airlines).  I think when I flew home to Orlando on Frontier they called me to the office to get my suitcase in person.
Link Posted: 7/11/2022 7:10:49 PM EDT
[#35]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Gilly:

That's odd.  My suitcase with a checked weapon came out on the baggage carousel at Philadelphia International (Spirit Airlines).  I think when I flew home to Orlando on Frontier they called me to the office to get my suitcase in person.
View Quote


Mine has always come out with all the other baggage on the carousel everywhere I’ve been.
Link Posted: 7/12/2022 5:38:19 PM EDT
[#36]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By biometrician:
Everything was fairly easy- only snag I had was while picking up my luggage in Orlando.  

The people working in the baggage claim office for Delta barely spoke English and had no idea what was going on.  There were two other people trying to pickup weapons, and we stood around for over a half hour after everyone else on our flight had gotten their regular luggage.  Turns out our "special" bags were sitting on a cart unattended just out of sight from the office but right next to the conveyor belt that was offloading regular luggage.  One of the guys waiting on weapons was super pissed because he had a bunch of expensive/NFA stuff in his bag.  

I guess putting the special CAGPT tag on the bag and wrapping a zip tie around it will protect it from theft, right?  
View Quote
This is the same experience I've had.  Pelican 1700 case ended up in the "steal me" bin, 1600 was on the conveyor.
Link Posted: 7/18/2022 10:00:17 AM EDT
[#37]
You'll find a mixed bag of baggage pick-up results like that depending on the airport you fly into. I've had it both ways upon landing, majority of the time it comes out on the carousel but in more lefty-kind of places you may have it come out on the cart and go straight to the office.
Link Posted: 7/22/2022 10:56:44 PM EDT
[#38]
I recently flew to Providence for work on Jet Blue, checking a handgun.  I had no issues with the Airport or TSA, but the moron woman at the baggage counter gave me a moment of grief.  

She was ADAMANT that I needed a Florida CWP to be able to check my bag.  She asked for "my permit", and said that "in Florida, you HAVE to have a permit in order to check a bag."  I told her "ma'am, with all due respect, you're simply incorrect.  That requirement is NOT listed in either FL law, TSA regulations, or even the Jet Blue website."

She reasserted that: "look, I'm not going to argue with you.  It's a requirement and you can't check the bag without it."  I responded saying that: "Ma'am, are you saying that the thousands of out of state hunters, competitive shooters, and even just defensive minded citizens, traveling to the state with their guns and maybe THEIR state CWPs.....  would NOT be able to fly back?  Even when they don't live here and it's odd to have a permit in a different state (I know it's not.  I have 3 myself...)?"  She said yes.  

I said AGAIN: "ma'am, again, with all due respect, you're simply WRONG.  However, lucky for both of us, I HAVE a FL permit, so whatever it takes to get out of here...."  

She ALSO made me take my laptop out of my checked bag, and stow it in my carryon...  again, contrary to actual policy.  

FFS I HATE the morons in the airport.
Close Join Our Mail List to Stay Up To Date! Win a FREE Membership!

Sign up for the ARFCOM weekly newsletter and be entered to win a free ARFCOM membership. One new winner* is announced every week!

You will receive an email every Friday morning featuring the latest chatter from the hottest topics, breaking news surrounding legislation, as well as exclusive deals only available to ARFCOM email subscribers.


By signing up you agree to our User Agreement. *Must have a registered ARFCOM account to win.
Top Top