TRAVELING WITH FIREARMS
This information is from an article from the Daily Herald by Marni Pyke.
When transporting a firearm or other item considered “weapons” on an airplane you must do the following:
- Do not put it in carry-on baggage.
- Put it in checked baggage.
- It must be unloaded, in a locked, hard-sided container.
- You must declare it to the ticket agents when checking in at the airport.
- You should expect to fill out paperwork.
Passengers caught with firearms in carry-on baggage at O’Hare and Midway will be turned over to the Chicago Police. The penalties range from fines of $1500.00 to $7000.00. In 2014, six firearms were found at Midway and 20 at O’Hare.
The size of firearms allowed depends on the individual airline’s policies. The TSA has a large list of items that must be checked. Here are some of the items that are also banned from carry-on baggage:
- Fake guns
- Magazines and clips
- Knives, unless they are plastic or round-bladed butter knives
- Utility knives and box cutters
- Sabers, swords, and fencing foils
- Meat cleavers
- Cattle prods
- BB and pellet guns
- Flares – banned from carry-on and checked baggage
- Bows and arrows
- Cricket bats
- Pool cues
- Hockey sticks
Skates are permitted in carry-on baggage.
Visit the TSA website at www.tsa.gov and the airline’s website for more information. Also, review the state and local laws of your destination.
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