America West will allow
passengers to transport firearms in accordance with Federal Law. The following
conditions must be met:
- Items of shooting equipment will be accepted as checked
- A passenger who presents baggage containing a
firearm must declare and demonstrate that the weapon is unloaded.
- All firearms must be in a hard-sided container
for transport and the container locked.
- A Firearm Unloaded Declaration form must
be signed and placed inside the bag or gun case.
- Ammunition must be packed in the original
manufacturing package or metal/wood box, with a maximum of 11 pounds per
- Ammunition and firearms must be placed in
- The number of firearms is limited to
- Not more than two rifles, with
or without scopes, one shooting mat, noise suppressors, and small rifle
- Two shotguns and two shotgun
- One pistol case containing not
more than five pistols; noise suppressors, one pistol telescope, and
small pistol tools or
- One bow and quiver of arrows
and maintenance kit enclosed in a container of sufficient strength to
protect the bow and quiver with arrows from damage.
Firearms and Ammunition may not be carried by a passenger on an
aircraft. However, unloaded firearms may be transported in checked baggage if
declared to the agent at check in and packed in a crush-proof container
manufactured specifically for the firearm or a hard-sided suitcase. Firearms
must be in a locked container. Properly packaged small arms ammunition for
personal use may be transported in checked luggage. Amounts may vary depending
on the airline.
ATA (American Trans Air)
Federal regulations permit the transportation of firearms as checked baggage
only. Firearms must be unloaded, in an approved case, and declared in writing at
the time of check-in. Contact ATA for regulations regarding transportation of
Continental accepts one item of shooting equipment
per customer in lieu of one piece of free baggage. All items must be properly
encased in a suitable container. One item of shooting equipment, whether
presented in a single container or not, is defined as one of the following:
- Rifles - 1 rifle case
containing not more than 2 rifles (with or without scopes), 11 pounds of
ammunition, 1 shooting mat, noise suppressor and small rifle tools.
- Shotguns - 1 shotgun case
containing not more than 2 shotguns and 11 pounds of ammunition.
- Pistols - 1 pistol case
containing not more than 5 pistols, 1 pistol telescope, noise suppresser
and small pistol tools.
The following are firearm restrictions:
- Firearms are
not accepted to/from Israel.
- For travel
to/from the United Kingdom pistols must be packed in a
hard side rifle case.
- Firearms will
be accepted only from a customer who is 18 years of age or older.
check-in of a firearm is not permitted.
- Customer must
demonstrate in an isolated area that the firearm is unloaded.
- The firearm
must be packaged in a hard-sided container capable of being locked. The
container must be locked and the key or combination must remain in the
customer's possession. If a hard-sided container is needed, see the container
section of this site.
- For travel
to/from the United Kingdom, pistols, rifles and shotguns
must be packed in a hard side rifle case.
- The firearm
will be transported in a section of the aircraft that is inaccessible to
the customer. Proof of registration is not required.
carried in addition to the free baggage allowance will be assessed at the
current excess baggage charge.
- No more than 11
pounds of ammunition may be carried. The ammunition may be packed in the
same container as the firearm or in a separate container. Ammunition must
be packed in the manufacturer's original package or securely packed in
fiber, wood or metal containers. The ammunition inside the container must
be protected against shock and secured against movement. The ammunition
may be packed in the same container as the firearm or in a separate
- For domestic
travel, no more than 11 pounds of ammunition may be carried. The
ammunition may be packed in the same container as the firearm or in a
Continental is not liable for damage to firearms
that are not contained in hard-sided cases.
Valuation may not be purchased for firearms that are not contained in
NOTE: Continental employees will not physically handle
any firearm during the inspection. After inspection has been completed, the
customer must sign a Firearm Declaration Tag.
The items below are considered hazardous and, by federal law, are prohibited
from all Delta flights. If you have questions or concerns about a specific
item, please contact Delta Air Cargo at 800-DL-CARGO (800-352-2746).
+ Ammunition (accepted if boxed
small-arms ammunition, less than 11 pounds, and in checked luggage)
+ Firearms (accepted if unloaded,
declared to agent at check-in, and in a suitable container in checked luggage)
NWA accepts handguns/BB guns/rifle/shotgun type firearms only as checked
luggage, with certain limitations and requirements. KLM accepts sports guns
only, handguns are not accepted. Passenger must obtain and comply with
regulations governing the transportation of firearms for all countries on the
itinerary. All firearms must be in a suitable container/crush proof container
manufactured specifically for firearms or in a hard-sided suitcase. Passenger
must verbally declare firearm is unloaded. NW requires firearm unloaded tag be
signed by passenger. Tag must be placed inside of luggage containing firearm. No exterior tag nor notice of firearm may appear on case.
Case must be locked and only the passenger may retain the key or combination.
NW/KLM personnel will not unload or handle firearms. Gun and ammunition may be
in the same piece of luggage. However, ammunition must be within its own
packaging which should be in factory carton or rigid shock proof shipping
container. Note: gun powder is not permitted as checked luggage including
propellant charges for muzzle loading firearms such as pyrodex,
etc. Maxmium ammunition
per passenger: 11 pounds or 5 kilograms.
International shipment of
Passengers must obtain and comply with regulations governing the transportation
of firearms for all countries on the itinerary. Passengers should check with
Northwest or KLM for current policies, requirements and restrictions on
firearms and related items in checked luggage when traveling in the U.S. or internationally.
- Customers are responsible for
knowing and following the firearms laws of the state(s) that they will be
traveling to, from, and through.
- Our Customers must declare the
gun to the Customer Service Agent at the ticket counter (no firearms will
be accepted curbside) and prove that the firearm(s) chambers are free of
ammunition and the magazine clip has been removed (when applicable). Paint
guns and BB guns are considered the same as all other firearms.
- Firearms must be encased in a
hard-sided, LOCKED container that is of sufficient strength to withstand
normal handling, as follows:
A firearm in a hard-sided, locked container may be placed inside a
soft-sided, unlocked suitcase.
A firearm placed inside a hard-sided, locked suitcase does not
have to be encased in a container manufactured for the transportation of
Only the Customer checking the luggage should retain the key or
combination to the lock. No exceptions will be made.
- The Customer is
entitled to check sporting firearms in addition to his or her normal free
baggage allowance. We allow multiple firearms to be transported inside one
Airlines assumes no liability for the misalignment of sights on firearms,
including those equipped with telescopic sights.
- Firearms are
never allowed in carryon luggage.
- Small arms ammunition for
personal use (provided it is properly packed) is permissible in checked
- The ammunition
may be placed in the same container as the firearm and must be securely
packed in cardboard (fiber), wood, or metal boxes,
or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of
- When checking
ammunition, Customers are limited to 11 pounds gross weight (ammunition
plus container) per person.
- Magazines or
clips containing ammunition must be securely packaged (placed in another
small box or in a secure cutout in the carrying case, in order to protect
the primer of the ammunition).
- Make sure guns
are unloaded and definitely never transport a gun in your carryon baggage!
(black powder) and primers or percussion caps are not allowed in checked
or carryon baggage.
ammunition or loose loaded magazines and/or clips are not allowed.
require that firearms in checked baggage or in their own shipping case be
unloaded and declared. Firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags. Firearms in
checked baggage must be packed in a hard-sided bag or gun case. A maximum of 11
lbs. of small arms ammunition is allowed in checked luggage in the
original manufacturer's box or securely packed in a fiber, wood, or metal box
to prevent movement of cartridges.