Account of Flying with Firearms

Sam
Beware inter-airline itineraries when flying with firearms!
CLL --> DFW --> CLT
2015-03-28


Outbound Travel
In Sam's own words...

"Arrived American Eagle counter in CLL at 5 AM for 6 AM departure on AA 2962 (as American Eagle). Told agent I needed to declare the unloaded firearm in my checked luggage. He retrieved a declaration form, entered some information into the computer, and said they could not accept the firearm because my itinerary was inter-airline. I told him that I had flown similar itineraries on this airline from this airport several times. No luck. I had to transfer the firearm back to my car in the long term lot. Ammunition and magazines were left in the luggage and TSA cleared it.

The American Airlines agent said they are merging with US Airways and when that merger is complete this may no longer be an issue.

American Airlines says, "Firearms are accepted on American and American Eagle operated itineraries only." Apparently some AA agents may refuse to accept your firearm if your itinerary transfers your baggage onto another airline."

 

Final Details & Thoughts
"Travelers be aware. If this had happened on my return leg instead of my departure leg it would have been a bigger problem."

 

Follow-Up
"I asked AA to confirm they have a policy not to check passenger firearms if the itinerary includes an airline other than AA or American Eagle. Received this response from AA that I hope you will share with your web site readers" ...

April 9, 2015

Dear XXXXXXXXXX:

We understand your desire to check your firearm, and we are very sorry that this was not possible. Since checked firearm rules can change from airline to airline, and from country to country, we do not transfer checked firearms to other airlines. This means that if a customer's itinerary contains a segment that is operated by an airline other than American or American Eagle, we will not accept a firearm as checked baggage. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this caused.

Sincerely,

Vernon Garner
Customer Relations
American Airlines

 

Air Travel Ratings
If you don't have the time or the desire to read the full text of someone's account of air travel, you can simply refer to the rating shown at the conclusion of each portion of that person's journey. The following criteria are used in assigning these ratings...


Four Stars
  

check-in - no hassle, no delay
screening - in full view, lock and unlock yourself
luggage - all on time and intact


Three Stars
  
check-in - some delay or mild hassle
screening - somewhat obscured, locking and unlocking yourself or it's done directly in front of you
luggage - all on time and intact

Two Stars
  
check-in - major delay or major hassle
screening - in a room or area that you could not enter and could barely observe
luggage - luggage opened non-destructively

One Star
  
check-in - flight missed or passenger delayed from flying, properly packed items denied as luggage
screening - luggage unlocked and opened totally in another area fully removed from you
luggage - destructive entry into luggage and/or tampering with firearms

Zero Stars
  
This is a special category for outright theft, loss, or damage of firearms during air travel
half-star results are possible... naturally, they involve partial or mitigated problems that somehow fall in-between the above categories