We are going to be looking at a few TSA approved gun cases so that you don’t run into any problems at the airport when you want to take you firearm along with you to your travel destination.
TSA Prohibited Items List
Any and all firearms, replica weapons, toy guns & BB guns are NOT allowed in your carry-on bag. Firearms must be unloaded and transported only in checked bags. Your weapon must be inside of a hard-sided, locked case and declared to the airline that you are flying at the time of check in. Your locked container may be checked in alone or it can be placed inside of another checked in bag.
Pelican Pistol Cases
Pelican cases got their start back in 1976 in Torrance, California and have quickly become the global leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging and advanced portable lighting systems.
Today Pelican products are used every day by police departments, firefighters, military personnel, photographers and others like you and me who have counted on Pelican products to protect their gear and their lives.
Pelican is still located in Torrance, California with 200,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, Pelican has grown into a global enterprise with six manufacturing facilities, 23 international sales offices, and multiple advanced case centers, network stations, and service centers around the world. Global expansion along with smart acquisitions and new product introductions have all added to the success Pelican realizes today.
Pelican V100 Vault Small Pistol Case [TSA Approved]
The Pelican V100 Vault comes in two different colors. You can get this gun case in a khaki tan color or you can purchase it in black.
This is a small TSA approved gun case that is perfect for your personal handgun. The interior measures out at 11″ × 8″ × 4.5″. It is made from high-impact polymer which assures you that your firearm is protected however ever you decide to travel, via road, trail or by airplane.
The case itself is crushproof, dustproof, and weather resistant. It has heavy duty handles that are ergonomic and will stand up to the toughest conditions and environments.
Unlike most cases in the marketplace Pelican uses five layers of protective foam inside the V100 vault. There are two stainless steel lock hasps at each corner of the case which afford you extra security during transport.
It is also designed with two push button latches which offer secure closure and easy-open access which is important when buying a gun case of any kind.
Pelican V200 Vault Handgun Case [TSA Approved]
The Pelican® V200 Vault Medium Handgun Case looks just like the Pelican® V100 gun case but is just a little bit bigger. It is also available in black or tan like the V100 case. The V200 is constructed with a high-impact polymer exterior and 5 layers of interior foam to protect your handgun over rough roads or airline travel. Built for hard use, high impact and supreme weather resistance, the new Vault series cases are the most rugged and secure in their class. Two push-button latches draw the lid close, and a pressure-release valve enables closing the case with minimal effort. Two stainless steel lock hasps allow you to secure the contents of the case with aftermarket padlocks. The V200 Vault Medium Handgun Case is O-ring sealed. A heavy-duty, fold-down handle holds up to heavy loads. Dimensions: 14″x10″x5.5″.
Equipped with a host of premium protective features at a price more travelers can afford, as only the 42-year veteran of hard knocks could deliver.
Pelican 1200 Protector Case [TSA Approved]
The Pelican Protector 1200 gun case is a medium sized gun case with the interior measuring out at 9.3″ × 7.1″ × 4.1″.
Pelican’s Protector Cases are virtually indestructible cases used to store and transport equipment that can be sensitive to damage. Excellent for transporting sights, optics, and other expensive gear. Pelican’s unique Pick N’ Pluck foam allows you to customize your box for your own needs. Each box features tongue and groove construction with a neoprene “O”-ring for a waterproof seal. A comfortable fold-down handle with stainless steel pins in the hinge and handle complete each Pelican box.
Southwest Airlines Firearm & Ammo Policy
This is the updated Southwest’s Firearms Acceptance Policy
Customers are responsible for knowing and following the firearms laws of the state(s) that they will be traveling to, from, and through.
Southwest customers must declare the gun to the Customer Service Agent at the ticket counter (no firearms will be accepted curbside) and ensure that the firearm(s) chambers are free of ammunition and the magazine clip has been removed (when applicable). Paintball 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 must be encased in a hard-sided, locked container.
The locked container or suitcase must completely secure the firearm from access. Cases or suitcases that can be pulled open with minimal effort do not meet the locked criterion.
The Customer checking the luggage should retain the key or combination to the lock, and may use any brand or type of lock to secure the firearm case (including TSA-recognized locks).
Firearms may be checked and will count toward the two-piece free baggage allowance for each fare-paying passenger. We allow multiple firearms to be transported inside one hard-sided case.
Southwest Airlines assumes no liability for the misalignment of sights on firearms, including those equipped with telescopic sights.
Firearms are never allowed in carry on luggage.
Paintball guns are allowed in checked baggage and are not subject to the container requirements of firearms.
You must declare the paintball gun to the Customer Service Agent at the ticket counter.
Compressed gas cylinders are allowed in checked baggage or as a carryon only if the regulator valve is completely disconnected from the cylinder and the cylinder is no longer sealed (i.e., the cylinder has an open end). TSA Security Screeners must visibly ensure that the cylinder is completely empty and that there are no prohibited items inside.
Small arms ammunition for personal use (provided it is properly packed) is permissible in checked baggage only.
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 ammunition.
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!
Gunpowder (black powder) and primers or percussion caps are not allowed in checked or carryon baggage.
Loose ammunition or loose loaded magazines and/or clips are not allowed.
Paintballs must be packaged in a leak-proof container and will be subject to limited release.
American Airlines Guns & Ammunition Policy
Traveling with firearms and ammunition
Laws on the possession of firearms differ between states and countries. Please check the requirements of your destination before you travel. Contact Reservations for international travel requirements and if any portion of your trip is operated by another carrier.
Within the U.S., you can only travel with firearms and ammunition, including pellet and BB guns, in your checked bags if you’re over 18 years old. You must check them with an agent at check-in and declare that you’re traveling with firearms and ammunition.
Firearms must be:
- In a locked hard-sided container where the firearm is totally inaccessible
- Rifle cases require locks on each end
Ammunition must be:
In the original packaging from the manufacturer or in packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition (made of fiber, wood or metal), with a maximum of 11 pounds (5 kgs) per container or customer. Ammunition is not accepted loose or in magazines or clips.
There is no limit to the number of items you can carry in your rifle, shotgun or pistol case, but bag and oversize / overweight charges may apply.
Loose ammunition, magazines or clips and firearms are not accepted when traveling to or from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS).
Delta Airlines PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED ITEMS
Ammunition, Explosives & Firearms
While firearms and ammunition can be checked as sporting equipment with strict guidelines, there are a few exceptions as required by law. Review the regulations before you bring anything potentially hazardous to the airport.
Declared to the Delta representative that you are checking a firearm
Declared the existence of a firearm to security personnel if there’s a security checkpoint before the Delta counter
All firearms must be declared by the passenger to a Delta representative at the main ticket counter
Present firearm(s) unloaded and sign a “Firearms Unloaded” declaration
Firearms must be packed in a locked manufacturer’s hard-sided container specifically designed for the firearm, a locked hard–sided gun case or a locked hard-sided piece of luggage. Handguns may be packed in a locked hard-sided gun case, and then packed inside an unlocked soft-sided piece of luggage. However, a Conditional Acceptance Tag must be used in this case
Maintain entry permits in your possession for the country or countries of destination or transit
Ensure small arms ammunition is packed in the manufacturer’s original package or securely packed in fiber, wood, plastic or metal boxes and provide separation for cartridges
You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with all Federal, State or local laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms. For more information about this regulation you can visit the TSA website.
If you are transporting a firearm to the United Kingdom, a permit from the United Kingdom is specifically required. You must contact the United Kingdom for more information about securing this permit
Until further advised, passengers departing Brussels, Belgium are not allowed to check weapons including, antique, sporting, hunting or toy rifles in their checked baggage
You must be 18 years of age or older
All firearms checked as baggage must be picked up at the Baggage Service Office upon arrival at your final destination. ID will be required to claim your checked firearm
The following types of ammunition are not accepted:
Gun powder; such as Pyrodex or Black Powder
Ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles
Ammunition, including case, exceeding 11 pounds (5 kg) gross weight per passenger
Pistols and accessories must be included in one case and contain:
- Pistol telescopes
- Noise suppressors
- A small pistol tool case
- No more than 11 lbs. (5 kg) of ammunition, including case
Rifles and shotguns must be packaged as follows:
- One hard sided case containing up to four rifles, shotguns, shooting materials, tools
- The case must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. All areas designed to be locked must be locked.
- Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted. Be aware that the container the firearm was in when purchased may not adequately secure the firearm when it is transported in checked baggage.
- One hard sided case containing up to five handguns, one scope, tools
- One bow and quiver of arrows and maintenance kit enclosed in a case or container strong enough to protect the bow and quiver from accidental damage
- No more than 11 lbs. (5 kg) of ammunition, including case
An excess baggage fee will apply if checking more than one gun case
Delta Airlines allows small arms ammunition, in quantities not exceeding 11 lbs. (5 kg) per person, as checked-baggage only. The weapon must be securely boxed and intended for that person’s own use. More than one passenger may not combine quantities into one package. See more details/guidelines under shooting equipment.
You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with all Federal, State or local laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms. For more information about this regulation you can visit the TSA website, opens in a new window.
Note: Gunpowder (e.g., Pyrodex, black powder, mace, pepper spray and tear gas) is never permitted.
AMMUNITION – SOUTH AFRICA
Weapons and ammunition departing from South Africa must be packed in a small box or case. That box or case must be locked and place inside checked baggage. Ammunition cannot be stored in the same case as the weapon. These guidelines must be met in addition to packing and declaring firearms guidelines required on Delta Air Lines.
AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS - SOUTH KOREA
When traveling to and through South Korea, all firearms and ammunition in checked baggage must be declared at the time of check-in/baggage drop off.
Failure to declare firearms and ammunition may result in confiscation of the firearms/ammunition in South Korea, refused entry to South Korea or continued travel, and possible fines. Customers must declare exact quantity and type of firearms (serial number of available) and exact quantity of ammunition.
Please read important information regarding packaging and presenting/declaring firearms at check-in.
AMMUNITION – UNITED KINGDOM
Weapons and ammunition departing from the United Kingdom must be packed in a small box or case. That box or case must be locked and place inside checked baggage. Ammunition cannot be stored in the same case as the weapon. These guidelines must be met in addition to packing and declaring firearms guidelines required on Delta Air Lines.
FIREWORKS OR EXPLOSIVES
Don’t even think about it. Firecrackers, signal flares, Christmas crackers or sparklers are not allowed anytime, as a carry-on or checked baggage. If in doubt about an item that could be explosive, leave it at home. These items are not allowed on any Delta Air Lines flights.
FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR SOLIDS
Flammable liquids are rarely allowed on Delta flights. Guidelines for carrying flammable liquids are as follows:
A fuel lighter is permitted in your pocket or in carry-on baggage only
Up to two lighters are allowed in your checked baggage if they are properly enclosed in a U.S. Department of Transportation approved case
Lighters without fuel are allowed as checked or carry-on baggage
Lighter refills, fuels (such as gasoline or Sterno cans), paints, stains, lubricants, and “strike-anywhere” matches are not allowed
One regular matchbook is permitted in your pocket as long as it isn’t the “strike anywhere” matches
Torch or blue flame lighters are strictly prohibited
Lithium battery powered lighters without a safety cap or means of protection against unintentional activation are prohibited in carry-on baggage, checked baggage, and as when carried on one’s person.