Bringing Firearms on a Charter Flight

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 10:44 am by ReadyJet Comments Off on Bringing Firearms on a Charter Flight

So you and the boys are planning a hunting trip and you’ve chartered a private jet directly to the ranch’s private airstrip. Can you bring your guns with you?

Flying with firearms is legal and fairly easy with some preparation on your part. Know the laws, rules, and regulations, have your luggage set up properly, have a valid FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) card, and above all have a friendly attitude.

TSA Regulations state that:

Travelers may only transport UNLOADED firearms in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage. The container must be completely secured from being accessed. All firearms, ammunition and firearm parts, including firearm frames, receivers, clips and magazines are prohibited in carry-on baggage.

For those of you who fly in private charter aircraft and carry firearms with you, you can only bring firearms with the permission of the aircraft operator and as long as you can lawfully do so at both your departure and arrival airports. Guns and ammo must be stored separately. If the baggage compartment can be accessed during flight, the firearms must have trigger locks.

The flight crew also needs to be aware so that they can avoid accepting a clearance or taxiing to an area within which possession of firearms is prohibited. So long as you remain outside of airport sterile areas, your possession of firearms will only be subject to the laws of the state in which you are flying.

Your best bet is to check with your charter broker or aircraft operator ahead of time to make sure you know and can comply with their policies for transporting firearms. As long as the correct procedures are followed, and the relevant authorities are informed, there should be no problems or delays to your flight.



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