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    Default Philadelphia Airport Travel with Firearms

    Anyone know lately the difficulty of traveling with firearms in PHL lately? Does it cause a long delay in checking in? I want to take two handguns to PHL and then on return trip from PHL on American Airlines. I know the process for informing the ticket counter, carrying unloaded in a hard case, and signing tag inside the locked case but I wanted to know if this will cause a delay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTCcarrier View Post
    Anyone know lately the difficulty of traveling with firearms in PHL lately? Does it cause a long delay in checking in? I want to take two handguns to PHL and then on return trip from PHL on American Airlines. I know the process for informing the ticket counter, carrying unloaded in a hard case, and signing tag inside the locked case but I wanted to know if this will cause a delay.
    Three weeks ago it added about 5-10 minutes to my check-in time between filling out the form, locking it all up, and getting the OK from "the man behind the curtain" that I could head to security - and then spend 1 hours waiting to board.

    Easy peasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt.K View Post
    Three weeks ago it added about 5-10 minutes to my check-in time between filling out the form, locking it all up, and getting the OK from "the man behind the curtain" that I could head to security - and then spend 1 hours waiting to board.

    Easy peasy.
    Last time I traveled with my firearm it was quite easy but that was about 2 years ago. I will be going to Colorado from Phila,PA on Frontier. I don't remember, do they give you the form at the desk when you declare your firearm?
    "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelets456 View Post
    Last time I traveled with my firearm it was quite easy but that was about 2 years ago. I will be going to Colorado from Phila,PA on Frontier. I don't remember, do they give you the form at the desk when you declare your firearm?
    Yes, they provide the form - without a single eyelash batted. It was (quite pleasantly) a non-event.

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    Default Re: Philadelphia Airport Travel with Firearms

    Just make sure gun is in a locked case and ammo is also in a separate locked case. Ammo should also be in original boxes or organized case. If you are checking a pistol having your LTCF is also useful in case the police decide to "question" you. Generally though flying out of PHL with a firearm is just fine. Even though it is legal to do it (in a highly technical sense) don't try to do the same out of EWR, BWI, JFK, or LGA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archon View Post
    Just make sure gun is in a locked case and ammo is also in a separate locked case. Ammo should also be in original boxes or organized case. If you are checking a pistol having your LTCF is also useful in case the police decide to "question" you. Generally though flying out of PHL with a firearm is just fine. Even though it is legal to do it (in a highly technical sense) don't try to do the same out of EWR, BWI, JFK, or LGA.

    I will have a hard pistol case with two guns locked with non tsa locks placed in a larger bag that will be locked. Ammo will be in big locked bag the same as gun as only allowed one bag and TSA says it is ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTCcarrier View Post
    I will have a hard pistol case with two guns locked with non tsa locks placed in a larger bag that will be locked. Ammo will be in big locked bag the same as gun as only allowed one bag and TSA says it is ok.
    Yup.

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    I flew to Vegas in April and was suprised how easy it was. Check in was faster than waiting in the regular line. I was told to wait 15 mins for TSA to come out if any issues. When I landed in Vegas they bring your bag to the AA kiosk in the airport to retrieve your bag. Very simple process.

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    Sgt.K

    Flying American at Philly airport, where is the "man behind the curtain" located relative to the AA ticket counter? Am I escorted by someone to get there?

    TB605

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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoBravo605 View Post
    Sgt.K

    Flying American at Philly airport, where is the "man behind the curtain" located relative to the AA ticket counter? Am I escorted by someone to get there?

    TB605
    I checked in at the counter - put it on the scale, filled out the tag, locked it all back up. Then the agent and I - on our respective sides of the counter - walked a little ways down the counter (about 6 stations?) to where the conveyor behind them goes through the black rubber curtain into Neverland, whereupon they got the attention of the great and powerful Oz before passing the bag through. Wait 5 minutes for Oz to give the green light and carry on with my day.

    To answer your question directly: yes, you are escorted with your bag to the curtain, which is behind the check-in counter.

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