Flying with Firearms: A Gun Owner’s Guide 1 Packing Firearms and Ammunition. TSA regulations require all firearms and ammunition be secured in a locked, hard-sided case and transported as checked baggage only. 2 Checking Your Firearm with the Airline. 3 Special Advisory to Travelers Through New York & New Jersey. 4 Resources
If you are going to be flying Spirit, here are the carry-on rules you need to be aware of: Spirit allows one personal item onboard at no charge, but they charge for both carry-on and checked bags. The personal item must fit under the seat in front of you, and the carry-on bag must be stowed in the overhead bin or it will have to be checked.
If you are traveling internationally with a firearm in checked baggage, please check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information and requirements prior to travel. Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
If you use this guide and a bit of common sense, traveling with your firearm will be just as painless–well, only equally as painful–as flying without it.
How many pounds of ammunition can you carry on Spirit Airlines?
Ammunition must be packed in the original manufacturing package or metal/wood box, with a maximum of 11 pounds per customer. Loose ammunition or clips will not be accepted. Spirit Airlines allows only one (1) checked firearm per gun case per customer. NOTE: Firearms are NOT permitted to/from international destinations.
A Firearm Declaration form must be signed and placed on the outside of the locked case containing the firearm.
Cases will not be labeled as containing firearms. That practice was outlawed almost 10 years ago. Federal law now states: “No common or contract carrier shall require or cause any label, tag, or other written notice to be placed on the outside of any package, luggage, or other container that such package, luggage, or other container contains a firearm.” [18 USC Sec. 922 (e)] TSA will warn any airline that is marking cases that it is in violation of the law.
From Spirit:#N#184.108.40.206#N#Firearms#N#Spirit Airlines will allow customers to transport firearms in accordance with applicable regulations. Except for personnel authorized by the federal government, the following conditions must be met: (i) firearms are accepted as checked baggage only, (ii) firearms must be packed in a hard-sided container specifically designed for the firearm; a locked hard-sided gun case; a locked hard-sided piece of luggage. A handgun packed in a hard-sided gun case may be packed inside a soft- sided piece of luggage. A Conditional Acceptance Tag must be used in this case. Firearms may not be checked curbside. No one under 18 years of age may check a firearm. A customer who presents baggage containing a firearm must declare that the weapon is unloaded. Baggage containing firearms must be locked at all times and the key or lock combination retained by the customer. A Firearm Declaration form must be signed and placed on the outside of the locked case containing the firearm. Ammunition must be packed in the original manufacturing package or metal/wood box, with a maximum of 11 pounds per customer. Loose ammunition or clips will not be accepted. Spirit Airlines allows only one (1) checked firearm per gun case per customer.#N#NOTE: Firearms are NOT permitted to/from international destinations.#N#Conditional acceptance tag would be required on a locking handgun case if that case were to be placed inside a soft sided piece of luggage. Only in that circumstance, and not visible from the outside.